Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Down-in-class KIPLING WEEKEND should win the knotty-looking overnight allowance race over 1100 metres at Caymanas Park today in the face of a five-pronged challenge from champion trainer Wayne DaCosta.
Trained by many-time champion Philip Feanny, the American 4-y-o filly is one of 14 starters declared for this hot sprint. Despite drawn widest of all on the outside, with Percy Williams aboard, KIPLING WEEKEND should hold a good position leaving the half-mile and nail them in the drive.
KIPLING WEEKEND notched her last win at this level on March 16 when outfinishing the speedy LASHING FORCE by a head over 1200 metres.
That marked her second win of the season and although beaten in three subsequent races at the open allowance level, was not really disgraced.
She failed by only three lengths to stave off the consistent PALACE GOLD over this trip behind a fast time on March 30 and, although not raced since June 8, has been taken to task at exercise.
KIPLING WEEKEND looked real sharp on August 31, galloping 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:06.3 by 59.3.
She usually runs well when fresh and, with her preparation complete, should lead home the DaCosta-trained 4-y-o colt, CANTARE, who has also trained well for the race and looks tempting with 50.5kg.
Old rival LASHING FORCE is also down in class and, being the speediest in the line-up, should make a brave bid. However, at the weight, KIPLING WEEKEND should have his measure, so it will be left to one of the DaCosta-trained horses to complete the exacta.
CANTARE, with champion apprentice Shamaree Muir aboard, looks best of the DaCosta horses, but old stager NEW KINGSTON (down in class) and Omar Walker's mount, SIR SOUTH, are prime candidates to complete what could be a lucrative trifecta.
Feanny and Williams should have a second winner on the card with the highly thought of debutant PRINCESS POPSTAR in the opening race over 1000 metres for maiden two-year-olds.
The bay filly, by Above The Gold out of Docs' Paladin, which makes her a half sister to the 2012 Derby winner TYPEWRITER, faces five oppoents, but she has looked so well advanced in her preparation, turning in bullet work after bullet work, that she should win on a canter.
I also like JOVOUN THE MASTER in the second race, MIDNIGHT LAUNCH in the third, FLYING MIRACLE in the sixth, ZACAPA in the seventh and LIGHT BRIGADE in the closing Track Price Plus Dig-Out Handicap in which the maximum 16 will run.