Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Bang in form RAISE A RUCKUS should complete a hat-trick of wins at Caymanas Park today, this time in the $550,000-$500,000 claiming race for the City of Kingston Centenary Cup.
The race has attracted six starters, four of whom were decisively beaten by RAISE A RUCKUS in his last two races.
First run in 1972 to mark the centenary of Kingston as the capital city of Jamaica, the race should provide the Philip Feanny-trained American 6-y-o horse with his second consecutive trophy-race win over the distance.
RAISE A RUCKUS, who is a former grade-one winner - having won the Governor General's Stakes in 2011 - romped the Paul Newman Memorial Trophy over a mile on a $400,000 claiming tag December 22. And with the opposition basically the same, it will take a brave punter to oppose him.
Back for a rematch are GENERAL C, who was 41/2 lengths second and D'NUGENT, who was fifth. Present as well are SURREAL, who was soundly beaten by RAISE A RUCKUS over 1500 metres on December 8, and BWANA BROWN, who finished 11th in the same race.That leaves the consistent JAYLEN, who last won over 1300 metres on October 31 in high claiming company.
Claimed out of his last race by Lawrence Freemantle from Dalton Sirjue and Michros on December 15, JAYLEN has never won as far as a mile. This should, therefore, pave the way for the free-running RAISE A RUCKUS and five-time champion jockey Trevor Simpson to complete a hat-trick of wins, with JAYLEN the exacta horse.
Elsewhere on the programme, MR. SKILL, who won as many as seven races under the care of trainer Lawrence Freemantle in 2012, looks the one to beat in the seventh race over 1100 metres for overnight allowance horses.
I also like the former record-priced yearling ($3.2 million) BIGMAN IN TOWN to make a winning debut in the opening race for maiden three-year-olds; LIVE WATER to repeat in the second; as well as ALL IS MINE in the fifth, HOGANS HERO in the sixth and MY FRIEND LUCY in the ninth.CAPTION - SIR VON (left), ridden by apprentice Holanda Butler, comes fourwide entering the straight before going on to win the open allowance sprint at Caymanas Park on Tuesday, only to be disqualified following a stewards' inquiry for interfering with long-time leader, AWESOME CAMILLE (second right, Omar Walker), midway the last furlong. The race was awarded to 2-1 chance PALACE GOLD (right, Paul Francis). The 3-4 favourite DOUBLE THE HONEY (second left) was awarded second place. - Colin Hamilton/Freelance Photographer