Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Following an absence of 19 months, Sunday racing returns to Caymanas Park today and for the first time since its introduction in November 2009, will include the islandwide participation of the CTL off-track betting parlours. It is being promoted as a family-oriented occasion with three companies - Book Empire, Azan's Supercentre and L.P. Azar Limited - joining hands to ensure its success.
Book Empire through Seek Exercise books and Azan's Supercentre out of Cross Roads will offer back-to-school accessories such as books, uniforms and bags at discounted prizes to patrons.
L.P. Azar will also host 300 inner city youths at a fair on the infield, including 200 from Father Richard HoLung's Missionaries of the Poor and another 100 from inner city communities in the Corporate Area.
Nine races are being offered, including the annual renewal of the 2-y-o maiden special for the Rhoel Rhoden Memorial Trophy over 1100 metres to be contested by nine starters.
The field includes four newcomers, but none of these seem forward enough to upstage the principals - FRANGIPANI, CIGARETTEINTHERAIN and NELSON'S CANDY who showed promise on her debut behind MOM RULES over the round five course last Saturday.
NELSON'S CANDY finished seven lengths fifth after running a bit green and now better for the experience, should enter the reckoning.
However, she was some way behind the runner-up FRANGIPANI, who was also making her debut. Trained by Richard Azan for champion owners Elite Bloodstock Limited, FRANGIPANI also ran a bit green, having missed the break and had to come wide into the straight.
But the Chapel Royal - Starship Elaine offspring finished strongly into second place 2 1/4 lengths away and with in-form Dick Cardenas replacing the sparingly-used Delroy Behave, the hint should be taken.
Also going for FRANGIPANI is the fact that she has been administered Lasix for this race and in light of these positives, should lead home the Dale Murphy-trained CIGARETTEINTHERAIN, a War Marshall filly who finished a good second to GOLD NUT on her debut over 600 metres straight on July 20.
Other firm fancies on the nine-race programme are down in class SWEET TRAIL to stave off UNCLE DONNY and TURBULENT VELOCITY in the overnight allowance race at 1500 metres, JAGSOVER to catch the front-running ANDY CAP in the fourth over 1820 metres, MIDNIGHT LAUNCH to go one better in the second and the sparingly-raced American colt ADMIRAL SNOW to stave off DOC HOLIDAY and RUM PUNCH in the seventh race over 1300 metres.