Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Unbeaten American four-year-old filly, HUPO-MONE, should romp to the sixth win of her career at Caymanas Park today when she takes on six opponents in the overnight-allowance feature for the George HoSang Trophy over the straight-five course.
Trained by 12-time champion Wayne DaCosta, HUPOMONE is raring to go following an eight-month absence, and having worked exceptionally well, she looks hard to oppose with champion jockey Dane Nelson again in the saddle.
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HUPOMONE is definitely one of the smart ones, and with three of her opponents being stable companions and the others safely held, it will not be much of a race. She should make all the running from the outside post position, coming home clear of stable companion DOUBLE THE HONEY.
Later in the afternoon, three leading classic aspirants will meet over 1300 metres in the restricted-allowance two (non-winners of two) race and this should provide a clearer picture of what to expect in the Guineas classics scheduled for early April.
The nine-horse field includes the unbeaten ROCK UNION and LADY SHARVANI, as well as ROYAL VIBES, who won the Hi-Pro Stables Choice Feeds Trophy over the distance as a two-year-old last October.
ROYAL VIBES' SEASONAL DEBUT
The Wayne DaCosta-trained ROYAL VIBES makes his seasonal debut after finishing 31/2 lengths fifth to stable companion HOVER CRAFT in the $4.25 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-y-o Stakes over 1600 metres on Boxing Day, a race in which he showed good speed.
He has been extensively prepared to meet this engagement and given the shorter distance, will only go down fighting.
In-form trainer Gary Subratie has high hopes for his unbeaten filly LADY SHARVANI, who truly impressed when scoring by 10 lengths (made all) over the straight on Ash Wednesday and is even better for this race.
ROCK UNION, who looked really smart when scoring by 17 lengths in smart time (1:00.2) on his February 2 debut over the round-five course, has been burning up the track at exercise since and is considered one of the top contenders for the 2000 Guineas with BIGMAN IN TOWN, HOVER CRAFT and WILLIE GOLDSMITH.
Trained by Anthony 'Baba' Nunes, ROCK UNION looked the part at exercise last Sunday morning, galloping six furlongs in 1:14.2 easily and with his preparation complete, looks the one to beat with Shane Ellis again in the saddle.
I also like SUNLIGHT EXPRESS in the second race, IMPERIAL FORTUNE in the fifth, TITAN in the sixth and MY HONEY in the closing Track Price Plus Dig-Out Handicap.