Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
WARRIOR PRINCESS should greatly help the cause of champion jockey Dane Nelson when she takes on eight opponents in the Titania Trophy feature over 1100 metres (non winners of two) at Caymanas Park today.
Nelson is locked in a keen tussle with four-time champion Omar Walker for the jockeys' title and today could prove crucial for either.
The Robert Pearson-trained WARRIOR PRINCESS is up against some very fit opponents, including the recent winners REIGN OF DESTINY, DOUBLE DE CAT and DECAPOLIS.
However, she faces what amounts to her easier task since winning by six lengths over the distance in maiden company on September 7 and having been kept on the move at exercise, will not be easily denied.
Since releasing the maiden certificate, her two losing efforts were against some good horses in fast-run races.
WARRIOR PRINCESS finished five lengths third to TRAIL BLAZER over the distance on October 12 behind a fast time of 1:06.3. And five weeks later, she was 73/4 lengths seventh to FRANKENSTORM and subsequent winners HAWKEYE and WHERE DEM BOYS over the round five course.
Back in action nicely refreshened for this race and Nelson now slated, WARRIOR PRINCESS should set off in front and make all. JAVINE (Richard Mitchell up) ran well for second to HAWKEYE over 1200 metres on November 30 and along with SHAMROCK (Walker up) are twin dangers.
Also on the card is a competitive-looking open allowance mile to be contested by seven starters, three of whom will race in the silks of champion owner contender Carlton Watson.
They are SWEET TRAIL, the Wayne DaCosta-trained DOUBLE THE HONEY and stable companion DEO VOLENTE.
Watson is locked in a close contest with long-time leader W.B. Racing (Wilbert Bagwandeen) in the owners' championship and his three horses are coming to run, so to speak.
Watson, however, should be wary of the imported mare GO GO YVONNE, who could crash his party over the ideal distance of a mile. I take DEO VOLENTE, who won his last race over this trip some months ago, to catch them in deep stretch from the convenient mark of 51.0kg.
Dick Cardenas again has the ride.
I also like CLASSIC BEAU to repeat in the first race, PRESCRIPTION to do likewise in the 4th, TIGRENIAN in the 6th and STEP IT UP to catch LIVE WATER in the 7th.