Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The 2012 Derby and St Leger winner TYPEWRITER should cement his claim as the Superstakes favourite by winning today's open-allowance feature for the Owen Silvera Memorial Cup over a mile at Caymanas Park.
Trained by Spencer Chung, the four-year-old, gelding by Western Classic out of Docs' Paladin, is fresh off a win in the Nigel B. Nunes Memorial Cup, 1820 metres, on August 31, and even with the trip reduced, this will not deter him.
TYPEWRITER, who again carries topweight of 57.0kg, has worked well since his last race and, with customary rider Shane Ellis up, looks the one to beat.
TYPEWRITER has won three races from six starts this season. One of those wins was achieved in the Kings' Place, 1500 metres, on April 20, when beating a crack field of open-allowance horses, under topweight, in a blanket finish.
By virtue of his last win, TYPEWRITER is already the ante-post favourite for the Superstakes in another six weeks. He is basically a grade-one horse campaigning in open allowance company and, despite the claims of recent winners SWEET TRAIL and KAL KAL, along with the consistent pair of RAGING PROSPECT and COMMANDING CHIEF, will prove hard to beat.
Best of his nine opponents must be the Fitzroy Glispie-trained RAGING PROSPECT, who has had some near misses in recent months.
He was two lengths third to TYPEWRITER in the Nunes Memorial, a race in which he turned for home two lengths clear, and will only go down fighting with leading jockey Omar Walker taking the ride. But the class of TYPEWRITER should prove a decisive factor.
Elsewhere on the 11-race programme, KIPLING WEEKEND, with Paul Francis aboard, should atone for his recent disqualification by winning the closing Track Price Plus Dig-Out Handicap (overnight allowance) at 1200 metres.
The race has attracted a competitive field of 15, but KIPLING WEEKEND, who won in a fast time (1:05.1) over 1100 metres on September 11, comes back on the convenient mark of 52.0kg and, having worked well, gets the nod over down-in-class THE GUV and POTCHEEN.
Other firm fancies on the card are the unbeaten GOLDEN BULLET in the opening Keeling Memorial Cup for two-year-olds, JARREAU in the fourth, AUSTIN LUKE in division one of the CTL Exercise Riders (the sixth), 800 metres straight, GRANDE MARQUE to stave off GEYSER SPRING in division two and DECAPOLIS in the ninth for maiden three-year-olds.