Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
ADMIRAL SNOW, now better for the recent pipe-opener, should rebound with a win in the 3-y-o restricted stakes over 1600 metres at Caymanas Park today.
The 11-race programme offers no trophies, hence this race will take the spotlight as the feature.
Eight will face the starter, including PRINCESS SHANEIL, EL CLIENTE, SIR FREDERICK, MR LUVALL and ROYAL VIBES, all winners in recent months.
But the lightly raced American 3-y-o colt, ADMIRAL SNOW, is a better horse than his local-bred counterparts when fully sound and having looked improved at exercise since his last race on August 25, should come into his own.
ADMIRAL SNOW notched his only win from three career starts over this trip back in February, beating RUM PUNCH by 21/4 lengths in the fairly good time of 1:40.4 on a slow surface. He subsequently went lame before returning at the recent Sunday meet, where he was installed a 6-5 favourite for a 1300-metre race won by PETE'SWILDONE.
ADMIRAL SNOW, who is trained by George Moo-Young, prompted the pace for a long way before lack of race fitness took its toll. He finished seven lengths seventh in what was a fast-run race.
LOOKING FIT, SHARP
Given the milder pace of this race and the fact that he's a lot fitter, ADMIRAL SNOW will not go down easily. He looked sharp in a five-furlong spin at exercise on September 3, stopping the clock at 1:01.0.
Although highly fancied, ADMIRAL SNOW, with Richard 'Biah' Mitchell aboard, can expect stiff opposition from the much-improved filly PRINCESS SHANEIL, NATURALLY EVIL, JADA'FABULOUSTOUR and ROYAL VIBES, who not only finished third in the Derby, but strolled home by 11 lengths in non-winners of two last time out.
From these, she has most to fear from the Victor Williams-trained PRINCESS SHANEIL, who carries a mere 47.0kg for the services of competent 3.0kg claiming apprentice Kuri Powell.
She looked improved when beating a good field over 1400 metres on August 3 and having worked well coming into this race, looks the main danger to ADMIRAL SNOW.
Other firm fancies on the card are the well-forward debutant GOLDEN BULLET in the opening race over 1100 metres for native-bred two-year-olds, EASTWOOD in the third, ALLADEN'S GOLD to go one better in the sixth, MIKENIFICENT ahead of PREMIUM RETURNS in the eighth over the straight, DECAPOLIS to do likewise in the ninth, and MAN ALIVE in the closing Track Price Plus Dig-Out Handicap.