Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Another Sunday meet is on at Caymanas Park today, the 10-race programme featuring the annual renewal of the Jamaica Racehorse Owners' Association Trophy race over 2000 metres, this for overnight allowance horses.
Nine have been declared, including ante-post favourite RAGING PROSPECT, who was fifth to TYPEWRITER in the November 9 Talawah Superstakes over the distance.
RAGING PROSPECT, to be ridden by champion jockey Dane Nelson for trainer Fitzroy Glispie, ran creditably against the best distance horses in the Superstakes, racing prominently from early to turn for home 5L fourth (wide). He flattened out a bit approaching the distance to finish 83/4 lengths away.
High expectations for RAGING PROSPECT
Now dropped in class and working well coming into this race, RAGING PROSPECT will not be easily denied against inferior opposition.
He caught the eye at exercise on December 1 when galloping six furlongs in a brisk 1:14.2 and is in very good nick at present. When last venturing over the distance in the Prime Minister's Stakes (grade one) on August 6, RAGING PROSPECT failed by a neck to catch CLASSY PROSPECT and despite the claims of JAH LOVE and the free-running MILITARY MOVE, he looks the obvious choice.
The exacta horse should be the Peter McMaster-trained American filly JAH LOVE, who caught the eye when a fast-finishing second to ARGUMENT DONE over a mile on November 27.
She is even more adept going two turns and I expect her to give another good account of herself and fill the runners-up slot with Aaron Chatrie again in the saddle.
Other firm fancies the card are topweight EL PODEROSO to stave off PALACE GOLD in the tough looking open allowance sprint, SPICE in the third, JARREAU in the fourth, MISS JUANITA in the sixth for two-year-olds, ENHANCE PROSPERITY in the seventh and HOLOGRAM SHADOW in the eighth.