Turbine too hot to handle in feature
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The native-bred two-year-olds will hold centre stage at Caymanas Park today in the day's feature, the annual renewal of the Royal Lancaster Trophy over the round-five course, to be contested by seven maiden and untried colts and geldings.
The field includes three newcomers, the most advanced being the Philip Feanny-trained DON GEORGE, a bay colt by Royal Minister out of Lunar Explosion, to be ridden by five-time champion jockey Trevor Simpson.
DON GEORGE, who is a half brother to the useful open allowance horse VONALMIGHTY, was timed in 1:02.4 over the round-five course at exercise recently, and also galloped 51/2 furlongs in 1:09.4. This means he's forward enough to make a favourable first impression.
BEARS AND BULLS from the stables of Percy Hussey whose mom - Ruth - was the owner of the outstanding two-year-old colt Royal Lancaster (1985) in whose honour the race is run annually, showed good ability in his two races thus far and could go one better.
The son of Alisios - Bow Creek stayed on to finish 13/4 lengths second to ISN'T SHE SOMETHIN over 1100 metres as the 4-5 favourite when having his second outing on September 1 and has trained fairly well for today's encounter.
While he is considered a clear and present danger, the one to beat must surely be the Richard Azan-trained TURBINE, who will be racing for the fourth time.
Owned by Elite Bloodstone Limited of Mark My Word fame, TURBINE has finished second in his last two races and, based on the qua-lity of those performance, will not go down easily in this sharp sprint.
TURBINE chased home the highly thought of UNCLE KEN in Division I of the fast-run Hi-Pro Stables Choice Feeds Trophy over 1300 metres on October 18, and prior to that was caught close home by HERBIOUS CORPUS over today's trip on September 23.
TURBINE caught the eye at exercise last Sunday morning when galloping five furlongs in 1:01.4, and now that much sharper and the tongue tie now fitted, is tipped to go all the way with stable-jockey Dick Cardenas again in the saddle.
Bang-in-form champion jockey Omar Walker is expected to have a rewarding day in the saddle with wins aboard the classy 2-y-o colt MISMYRTLEBOYRICHIE in the first race, COLEMAN'S ROCK in the third, down-in-class SUPER TROOPER in the fourth and BURNING CIELO in the ninth for overnight allowance horses.