Talented Tony looks OK for overnight feature
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The fleet-footed TALENTED TONY K should not be caught when he takes on six opponents in the three-year-old and up overnight allowance race over the straight, feature event at Caymanas Park today.
Trained by Lorne Kirlew, the bay colt, who won the 2000 Guineas and Lotto Classic (Governor's Cup) in post-to-post fashion as a three-year-old in 2014, has failed to win in three subsequent races among older horses, but despite this, impacted for a long way with his speed.
He led at a fast clip among top-class horses in the December 6 Gold Cup over 1,400 metres and November 8 Caribbean Sprint Championship, finishing down the track after turning for home just the leader in the Gold Cup.
Since then, TALENTED TONY K has been taken to task at exercise by Kirlew in preparation for this race.
The four-year-old colt by Traditional out of the Law Of The Sea mare Ocean Liner turned heads at exercise last Sunday morning, galloping out of the straight in a fast 57.3 by 44.3.
Establishing an early lead
With his preparation complete, TALENTED TONY K, with his 2000 Guineas winning jockey Omar Walker aboard, should have little difficulty in establishing an early lead over SUNLIGHT EXPRESS and FORCE DE JOUR coming out of the chute and should not be caught from the convenient mark of 53.0kg.
SUNLIGHT EXPRESS, who distinguished himself by winning eight races last season, looks the principal danger as the six-year-old horse from the stables of Lawrence Freemantle is genuine and consistent as they come.
He has won three of his last four races and just missed a fourth when caught on the wire by RIO COBRE over 1,100 metres in overnight company on January 3. With only 51.0kg and favourite rider 2.0kg claiming apprentice Orlando Foster aboard, SUNLIGHT EXPRESS should ensure that 'TONY K' works for the money.
Other firm fancies on the card are the Wayne DaCosta-trained ALI BABA, having finished second to ALACRANN in the Supreme Ventures Limited two-year-old stakes last Boxing Day, in the second race over 1,500 metres for native bred three-year-olds; down in class STOP A GAP in the fourth; KRONUS to rebound in the fifth for maiden three-year-olds; MAKE MY DAY in the seventh; and MISS DOROTHY to stave off down in class COLD GROUND in the eighth over a mile.