Franfield poised for easy win in feature
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The progressive three-year-old colt, FRANFIELD, a fast-time winner over a mile on September 6, can rebound with a win over the same trip in today's overnight allowance race to be contested by 11 starters.
Trained by Richard Azan for leading owners Elite Bloodstock Limited, FRANFIELD subsequently finished a close second to the fast-finishing HOVER CRAFT in a fast-run 1,400-metre race, but to my mind he lost no marks in defeat.
He was asked to do the donkey work that day, chasing tearaway leader CRUCIAL APPEAL in fast splits (23.2, 45.4, 1:11.1) and the fast pace took its toll on him in the last furlong and he played into the hands of HOVER CRAFT.
Now back over a mile and with nothing as fast as CRUCIAL APPEAL (a subsequent winner) in the line-up, FRANFIELD should welcome the milder pace and with champion jockey Dane Nelson retaining the ride, he should make no mistake from the convenient mark of 53.0kg.
The son of Traditional-Supa Lee has looked sharp at exercise and despite the good claims of the consistent filly PRINCESS SHINE and recent winner DEO VOLENTE, should chase the cheap speed of WINCHESTER and WARRIOR PRINCESS, before asserting his authority from early in the straight to win from the late-running PRINCESS SHINE.
Elsewhere on the card, SPIC & SPAN can improve on her strong second to GIRL ON FIRE over a mile on September 6 by winning the Monica Todd Memorial Cup ($180,0000 claiming over 2,000 metres.
Trained by Paul Smith, SPIC & SPAN (Jevanne Erwin up) is one of the fittest in the nine-strong field and should stave off YES WEWILL and NATURALFANTASY.
I also like SHINING LIGHT to win the third race for two-year-olds, FANCY CAT in the fifth and SMOKIN MAN to lead home FRANKENSTORM in the seventh over the straight.