Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The progressive American 3-y-o filly, CITY FLIGHT, should notch her fifth win from as many starts at Caymanas Park today when she takes on six opponents in the open allowance feature for the St Catherine Cup over 1100 metres.
Trained by Gary Subratie for owner Michros, CITY FLIGHT is coming off a good win on her January 30 seasonal debut in overnight company, scoring by 21/2 lengths over the straight five course in the smart time of 58.2.
She beat SIR VON and the fleet-footed MR SKILL, who led her for almost 600 metres that day. Although this was her closest margin of victory in four starts, CITY FLIGHT won with a bit in hand and even with the opposition enhanced, looks hard to oppose from the convenient mark of 52.0kg and customary rider Omar Walker in the saddle.
CITY FLIGHT can expect stiff opposition from the progressive American 4-y-o colt, EL PODEROSO, who was beaten for the first time in his last five starts on January 26, as well as DOUBLE THE HONEY and the recent course winner, RIO COBRE, who now carries topweight of 57.0kg under champion jockey Dane Nelson.
While that trio should prove competitive, CITY FLIGHT gives every indication that she's going places and now that she is set to receive 4.0kg or more from them, should extend her winning streak.
JAMES B. DAWES MEMORIAL TROPHY
Also on the programme is the James B. Dawes Memorial Trophy, secondary feature over 1300 metres, this for $450,000-$400,000 claimers.
Ten starters have been declared and from the look of things, the race should come down to a straight fight between GHOST RAPPER and WAIT AWHILE, to be ridden by four-time champion Omar Walker and champion apprentice Shamaree Muir, respectively.
Both are basically better than this level when in top shape, but GHOST RAPPER looks more appealing, despite topweight of 57.0kg.
Trained by Ian Parsard, the seven-year-old gelding truly loves to win races, and did so seven times last year. He has already won this season as well, running on strongly to score over 1200 metres on a $450,000 claiming tag on January 1. He was not disgraced when placing fourth to RAISE A RUCKUS over 1400 metres on a $550,000 tag some days ago and, now dropped two classes, gets the nod over the grey WAIT AWHILE and SOCA PARTY.
I also like TURBULENT VELOCITY to win the second race ahead of the well-forward debutant ADMIRAL SNOW, PERFECT DAY in the third, down-in-class MOM'S SECRET in the fourth, and DEO VOLENTE to stave off EASTWOOD in the seventh.