Cassanova Boy for the fans
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
RUM TALK (inside), under a brilliant ride from veteran jockey Winston Griffiths, getting the better of favourite AD INFINITUM (Aaron Chatrie) by a short head in the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2400 metres at Caymanas Park on Boxing Day. The five-year-old horse, owned jointly by Stephen Chung, Valentine Chung and Clovis Metcalfe, is trained by Philip Feanny. - photo by Ian Allen/Photographer
The curtain rises on a new a new season of racing at Caymanas Park today with the 10-race programme featuring three trophy races, including the CTL Fan Appreciation Day Trophy race over 2200 metres.
Also on the card are the traditional New Year's Day Trophy race over 1300 metres and the annual renewal of the McKay Security & Consultants Trophy over 1820 metres (claiming $180,000), the day's most valuable race with a whopping purse of $1 million.
As a way of saying thank you to racing fans for their support during the past year, CTL will once again offer a number of concessions to patrons at Caymanas Park today.
These include free admission to the grandstand and the ground floor of the clubstand, a reduction of $100 on all meals, compliments of the caterers, Eat N' Enjoy, as well as a 25 per cent discount on all refreshments purchased from the bars inside Caymanas Park.
Turning to the races, champion trainer Wayne DaCosta should take up where he left off in 2009 by winning both the Fan Appreciation Day and New Year's Day Trophy races.
The nine-time champion trainer saddles his impressive brilliant unbeaten American colt CASSANOVA BOY in the CTL Fan Appreciation Day Trophy (overnight allowance) for three-year-olds and up, as well as his sparingly raced 5-y-o mare HEART OF GOLD in the New Year's Day Trophy (non-winners of three other than) to be contested by eight starters.
Eight have also been declared for the Fan Appreciation Day Trophy but CASSANOVA BOY, who is unbeaten in three starts, is such a classy sort that it will take a brave punter to oppose the four-year-old son of Najran-Gender Bias.
CASSANOVA BOY, who made his local debut over 1100 metres on September 23 and duly obliged in a fast time, looked awesome in victory when last scoring over 1600 metres at the December 13 Sunday meet. Having impressed at exercise, he should cripple this field of basically slow horses with controlling speed and win by a wide margin with former champion Shane Ellis again in the saddle. THE GREYT DOCTOR should complete the exacta.
Based on her fast-finishing fourth to MINISTEROFJUSTICE in a fast-run round-five race for overnight horses on December 13, HEART OF GOLD should prove hard to beat over the additional 300 metres of the New Year's Day Trophy.
She will not only have benefited from that run, her first in four months, but has moved impressively at exercise in preparation for this race, galloping 51/2 furlongs in a brisk 1:07.2 last Saturday (Boxing Day) morning.
She looks nicely in with 50.0kg, and with connections opting for smart 3.0kg claiming apprentice Richard Mairs, the stretch-running HEART OF GOLD should prove too strong for BURNING CIELO in the last 100 metres.
The McKay Security Trophy race should resolve itself into a straight fight between the free-running SPACESAVER and the stretch-running SAMBA DANCER, both down in class. SPACESAVER, with a mere 50.0kg, looks the right choice.