Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
SPICE, who went down fighting against TITAN last time out, should win the sixth running of the Donald Tankoy Memorial Cup three-year-old maiden special over 1300 metres at Caymanas Park today.
To be ridden by in-form Dick Cardenas for trainer Spencer Chung, SPICE is expected to start favourite in a maximum field of 16 and should justify the support with nothing of the calibre of TITAN around.
She failed by half a length to stave off TITAN at a mile when last raced on July 24, but, passing the furlong pole, was three lengths clear.
The bay filly by He'stherealthing out of Pik A Trix will be seen to better advantage over this shorter trip, and having pleased in her preparation, should make no mistake from the convenient mark of 53.0kg.
With most of her 15 opponents pretty moderate in ability, SPICE can look to SUMMER HAZE under leading jockey Omar Walker, MYSTIC MAGIC (Shane Ellis), SHADE OF BEAUTY (Paul Francis), GREATER GLORY, and WARR GIRL for worthwhile competition.
The speedy WARR GIRL is proving to be a short runner but is expected to keep them honest for a long way. SPICE, however, should chase her into the straight, dispose of her approaching the distance, and move away for the victory.
NOON IT IS
Elsewhere on the 12-race programme, which commences at noon, power finisher NOON IT IS should catch them in the knotty-looking open allowance race over the straight-five course in which nine have been declared.
The field includes the recent winners KIPLING WEEKEND, AWESOME CAMILLE, PALACE GOLD, and UPPA TUNE, as well as fit horses such as TRADITIONAL PRINCE and this year's 2000 Guineas winner WILLIE GOLDSMITH.
It should go down to the wire, but preference is for the American filly NOON IT IS, who was just touched off by PALACE GOLD over 1100 metres on September 7 when coming from far behind.
NOON IT IS has already won over the straight course, and with leading jockey Omar Walker riding her for trainer Gary Subratie once again, should prove too strong for KIPLING WEEKEND and TRADITIONAL PRINCE in the last 100 metres.
Other firm fancies on the card are FORCE DE JOUR to repeat in the opening race for two-year-olds, MEDICAL CAT in the fourth for maidens, REAL VIBES MACHINE to stave off LADY FOREMAN in the seventh race over the straight, Wayne DaCosta's ROYAL VIBES ahead of stable-companion RUM PUNCH in the eighth, and ARGUMENT DONE to upstage NYABINGHI in the ninth for overnight allowance horses.