Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Derby and St Leger winner, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, embarks on his final prep race for the November 9 Superstakes at Caymanas Park today when he takes on six opponents in the 54th running of the Governor General's Stakes (grade one) over 2000 metres.
Conditioned by Wayne DaCosta's who is on course for a 13th trainer's title and ninth in a row, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR (54.5kg) is expected to pass today's test and cement his claim as one of the top contenders for the Superstakes over this trip.
The three-year-old colt by Natural Selection out of Desperatehousewife showed in his last race on August 31 that he is improving all the time when finishing second to the 2012 derby winner TYPEWRITER in the Nigel Nunes B. Memorial Cup over 1820 metres.
PERFECT NEIGHBOUR stayed on well to be beaten 1 3/4 lengths by his more seasoned opponent but had the likes of RAGING PROSPECT just behind in third and subsequent winner COMMANDING CHIEF in fourth, beaten 3 1/4 lengths.
He renews rivalry with both on the same terms, and while they will provide stiff competition, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR has worked so well in preparation for the race that he will take a lot of beating with in-form Dick Cardenas again in the saddle.
Caught the Eye
He caught the eye at exercise last Sunday morning when galloping seven furlongs in a brisk 1:27.0, and with the August 6 Prime Minister's Stakes winner and stable-companion CLASSY PROSPECT (working well) along with RAGING PROSPECT and COMMANDING CHIEF coming to ensure a genuine pace, they should play into the hands of a fit PERFECT NEIGHBOUR approaching the distance.
Elsewhere on the 10-race programme, DaCosta and Cardenas should have another winner in TRIAL LAWYER, one of 13 starters declared in the seventh race over 1100 metres (non-winners of two).
TRIAL LAWYER caught the eye on September 25 when finishing a length third to PERSIAN BELLE and MAMA BLOSSOM in the Knutsford Park Cup over 1200, a race in which he was slowly into stride and forced to come from behind.
TRIAL LAWYER has good speed and only needs a clear break from the number two post position to lead home FRANKENSTORM and HAWKEYE.
DaCosta and Cardenas should also win the sixth race for $180,000 claimers with LADY CELTIC, while other firm fancies include SIR D to repeat in the third race, JARREAU to do likewise in the fifth and SPICE to stave off old rival PAID OUR DUES in the eighth race over a mile for maiden three-year-olds.