Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
I'VE BEEN CHOSEN, now thrown in for a tag, should win the annual renewal of the Oswald 'Ossie' Steele Memorial Cup feature over 1200 metres (claiming $450,000-$400,000), to be contested by 12 starters on today's 10-race programme at Caymanas Park.
The Lorne Kirlew-trained American 4-y-o colt had been running well in restricted company all season, but his connections have seen it fit to drop him today. He should get it right with the trip now ideal.
I'VE BEEN CHOSEN has scored only once from eight starts this season, making most of the running to beat BORDER LINE and JADASFABULOUSTOUR in a driving finish over 1300 metres on May 11. Since then he has run twice, finishing a good third to JADAFABULOUSTOUR over the round five course on May 23 and then a well-beaten sixth to PETE'SWILDONE over a mile on July 17.
Although running way below par last time out, trainer Kirlew believes I'VE BEEN CHOSEN (Aaron Chatrie up) can take home this trophy.
"We decided to drop him for this race and I think he can manage this crowd. He's not hard trained but is in fairly good shape for the race and having secured a good draw on the outside, should fight out the finish," said the second-generation trainer, who is popularly called "Georgie".
Kirlew is looking to hat-trick seeker REAL VIBES MACHINE, PRINCE THEO, and MERU to provide stiff competition for I'VE BEEN CHOSEN.
The speedy REAL VIBES MACHINE is a 'changed up' horse since he was claimed from champion trainer Wayne DaCosta by Victor Williams some weeks and will be gunning to make all. He held on well over the straight to beat SIR D by a length on August 3 and prior to that made all over 1100 metres to beat MERU in a driving finish.
Whatever happens, 'REAL VIBES' will have to be caught, but I am expecting I'VE BEEN CHOSEN to chase him leaving the half mile and wear him down in the straight.
Other firm fancies on the card are down-in-class EL PODEROSO in the second race for overnight allowance horses, ZACAPA in the third, LIKKLE BIT in the fifth, FASTANDFLASHY in the sixth, and MAN ALIVE in the Track Price Plus Dig Out Handicap.