Fortuneonehundred for Seek Back to School Trophy
THE eighth running of the Seek Exercise Book Back to School Trophy race over 1300 metres for open allowance horses will highlight today's 11-race programme at Caymanas Park, with a purse of $1 million.
Sponsored by Book Empire Limited, manufacturers of Seek Exercise books, the race returns to the calendar following a two-year absence, during which the sponsors focused on rebranding, according to Bruce Baylis, managing director of Book Empire.
With eight horses declared today, the field is high on quality, having attracted seven starters from the August 1 Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Trophy over 1200 metres, which saw TRADITIONAL PRINCE running on strongly with topweight to win in a blanket finish involving five horses.
TRADITIONAL PRINCE got up in the nick of time to beat favourite FORTUNEONEHUNDRED by a neck, with another neck to SCOPP JORYDNE in third and a short head to EDISON in fourth. All renew rivalry today, along with RIO COBRE and PUDDY POOH, who were some 41/2 lengths in sixth and seventh, respectively.
While I expect an improved performance from this year's 1000 Guineas winner, PUDDY POOH, who has worked impressively and now has the services of former champion jockey, Wesley 'Callaloo' Henry, the one best equipped to pull it off is the speedy American five-year-old horse, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, to again be ridden by title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta.
FORTUNEONEHUNDRED was outsped by the fleet-footed TALENTED TONY K for the first 800 metres in the BGLC Trophy, before going by leaving the quarter pole. In the end he was caught on the inside by the very fast-finishing TRADITIONAL PRINCE, who renews rivalry on 2.0kg worse terms.
FORTUNEONEHUNDRED has less speed to contend with today and I am expecting him to turn for home ahead of PUDDY POOH and RIO COBRE, holding on well for the victory ahead of the closers SCOOP JORDYNE and EDISON.
This being Seek Back to School annual raceday, nine of the other 10 races on the card will carry the names of Seek products.
Firm fancies for me are HOLOGRAM SHADOW to repeat in the second race for the Seek Double Line Trophy, LORD CHEPSO in the fourth for the Seek Scrapbook Trophy, DIAMOND in the seventh for the Seek Customer Trophy, and BATTLE SONG in the ninth race over the straight for the Seek 70 Sheet Trophy.