Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Down-in-class JAGSOVER should resume winning ways when he takes on seven opponents in the annual renewal of the Monica Todd Memorial Cup (claiming $180,000) over 2000 metres at Caymanas Park today.
Trained by Lawrence Freemantle, the five-year-old chestnut gelding by Pat B Jac out of Over Draft was an easy winner over 1820 metres on a $180,000 claiming tag on August 25 and followed up quite easily over a mile on September 14 when running for $250,000.
JAGSOVER failed in his bid for the hat-trick on a $350,000 claiming tag last Wednesday, but was far from disgraced in finishing 21⁄2 lengths third (staying on) to the outsider SPECIAL DEGREE over 1500 metres.
With his fitness not in doubt and connections virtually giving him away for $180,000, JAGSOVER, with leading jockey Omar Walker aboard, looks the obvious choice in a race of this nature, even with topweight of 57.0kg.
His only real danger looks to be EARLY EDITION, who advertised her well-being on September 22 when failing by half a length to catch SUNDOWN over 1500 metres.
JAGSOVER, however, is so much better than this level that he should bide his time up to the half mile and take it from there, winning ahead of EARLY EDITION.
Elsewhere on the nine-race programme, VIBES MASTER who made a brave bid from in front when narrowly beaten by RUNAWAY QUEEN over a mile last Wednesday, should provide Walker with another winner on the card in the second race over 1400 metres.
The four-year-old chestnut gelding faces six opponents, including AUDRE'S BLESSING, STOP A GAP and STERLING GOLD, all of whom finished behind him a week ago. However, he represents the lone speed and with Walker expected to rate him nicely from in front, gets the nod over STOP A GAP and STERLING GOLD.
The $350,000 - $300,000 claiming race over 1200 metres (third race) should resolve itself into a straight fight between the front-running PRINCESS NIYAH and consistent AQUAMOTO in a field of seven.
Both are ideally suited to the distance but with LESTERAE and LOVETTA JONES expected to keep PRINCESS NIYAH honest on the lead, they should play into the hands of the strong finishing AQUAMOTO with Paul 'Country' Francis aboard.
I also like ARMY OFFICER in the fourth race; ALEXANDER to go one better in the sixth for maidens, and down in class CLASSIC BEAU in the eighth.