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All eyes on Diamond

Published:Thursday | September 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMOrville Clarke
DREAMLINER (Robert Halledeen) walking to the winners’ enclosure after winning the Terremoto Trophy on August 29 at Caymanas Park. The Wayne DaCosta-trained two-year-old colt is the hot favourite to lift tomorrow’s Keeling Memorial Cup.

DIAMOND, who has been knocking at the door in recent months, should provide a winning start for Super-6 players when she takes on six opponents in the first race over a mile for maiden three-year-olds.

The 3-y-o filly from the stables of Dennis Lee was a fast-finishing second to VESPERS over 1400 metres on September 9, a race in which she finished three-quarter length ahead of TASHIE BABY in third. That was the fourth time that DIAMOND had occupied the runner-up slot in recent months, having finished second in previous races to ANOTHER BULLET, MIND SET, and SONG BIRD.

She will welcome the additional furlong of this race, and despite the obvious claims of TASHIE BABY and DREAM ADMIRAL, the choice has to be DIAMOND. The Harry Parsard-trained DREAM ADMIRAL was a fast-finishing second to COLOURS OF WAR over 1500 metres last time out, but was behind DIAMOND in two races prior to that and could prove her biggest danger tomorrow.




Next on the programme is a $250,000-$210,000 claiming race over 1200 metres to be contested by seven starters, including the proven campaigner ST BERNARD, with four-time champion Omar Walker riding for the improving trainer Marlon Anderson, who has posted several winners in recent months.

After winning easily over this trip on a $250,000 claiming tag on May 25, ST BERNARD stepped up in class and was not disgraced in three subsequent races, finishing second to the out-of-class HOLOGRAM SHADOW over 1300 metres on a $300,000 tag some weeks ago. Now running for $250,000, he should have little difficulty in putting away the 3-y-o filly JODY'S LODGE (Ellis up) and the free-running PRINCESS NYAH, with former champion apprentice Shamaree Muir aboard.

DREAMLINER, who is unbeaten in two starts, looks hard to oppose when he takes on five two-year-olds, including old rivals VISION and FEDORA, in the third race for the Keeling Memorial Cup over 1100 metres.

Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has the two-year-son of Porto Santo - Golden Olympio in fine fettle following back-to-back runaway wins over 1000 metres, and with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen again in the saddle, should lead home stable-companion VISION, who chased him home at a respectable distance last time out.

Significantly, VISION will be ridden by Linton Steadman, one of the 17 new apprentices recently graduated from the Jockeys' School. Ten of them will ride for the first time against senior jockeys tomorrow. A past student of Bridgeport High, Steadman, who won two of the three races confined to the trainees, is attached to the Wayne DaCosta stables.

The fourth race over a mile for four-year-olds and up (non-winners of two) looks tailored for TRACKING DANIEL (Halledeen up), who beat all, barring ROYAL GIRL, over 1300 metres recently. MISS ADDI (Shane Ellis up) and LITTLE RHEA (Steadman aboard), both of whom proved competitive last time out, are twin dangers to TRACKING DANIEL in the eight-horse field.

The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by BLUE EYE BOY, with Ellis riding, and TEISHA'S DREAM (Halledeen up), who was a fighting second to RUNNER RUNNER over 1000 metres last Saturday. Their respective dangers are FIFTYONESTORM and ON THE DOUBLE.