Make fat returns off Fluffy
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Overnight allowance horses take centre stage at Caymanas Park today, when 12 of them face the starter for the annual renewal of the Calvin O'Sullivan Memorial Cup over 1820 metres, including the recent fast-time winner FLUFFY.
The Wayne DaCosta-trained American filly, FLUFFY, won easily over 1400 metres on March 27, covering the distance in the smart time of 1:25.3 in restricted company (non-winners of three).
FLUFFY, with champion jockey Omar Walker again at the helm, should start favourite as a result of that performance, but she can expect stiff competition from the two-turn specialists GO MY ROBIN and PRIME MINISTER, along with SPACEMAN and the useful three-year-old colt SULAMANI, who bypassed the 2000 Guineas on Easter Monday in preparation for this race.
FLUFFY, however, is expected to be all the rage following her impressive victory in non-winners of three recently. Making most that day, FLUFFY moved away in the straight to win by four lengths from CAT FOR THE KING.
She looked razor sharp at exercise on Easter Monday when galloping 51/2 furlongs in 1:06.4, the last five in 1:01.0.
FLUFFY has discarded the tongue tie for this race, and although stepping up to overnight company in a bid for this trophy, she could be merely passing through like some of DaCosta's foreign-bred horses in the past year or two.
Given the milder pace of this race, FLUFFY will be able to relax for the first 1000 metres before opening up from the half-mile.
The trio of GO MY ROBIN, SPACEMAN and PRIME MINISTER will be coming hard at her leaving the furlong pole, especially the lightly weighted GO MY ROBIN, who not only enjoys two-turn races, but has settled down nicely to his racing this season under customary pilot, female apprentice Georgina Sergeon, who has won twice with him.
I am expecting FLUFFY to hold them at bay with only 52.5kg, but the Wesley Perkins-trained GO MY ROBIN could make it close, given his tremendous late kick. The 4-y-o son of Go Rockin' Robin out of the 1997 St Leger winner, My Lady Silk, failed by three-quarter length to catch STAR OF THE SEA over 1600 metres on March 27 and has held his form really well. But the pace of FLUFFY should make all the difference.
Other firm fancies on the card are RISK REWARDS in the third race; GRACE MARIE in the fifth; GRAND CABARET in the sixth; and the speedy FOREVER MINE to stave off the very fit NEW KINGSTON in the open allowance race over the straight five course (eighth race).