Noon It Is to collar Rio Cobre
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The progressive American filly, NOON IT IS, should complete a hat-trick of wins at Caymanas Park today when she takes on a a good field of open allowance horses in the ninth race over 1100 metres.
Trained by Gary Subratie for leading owner Michros, NOON IT IS is coming off a recent fast-time win over the distance (1100 metres) in overnight company on April 9 when clocking 1:05.3.
That marked back-to-back fast-time wins for the talented three-year-old filly, and although stepping up in class today, has most appeal with 51.5kg and former champion Omar Walker again in the saddle.
The Yankee Gentleman-Noonan offspring improved her time by two-fifths of a second over the distance in less than a month and has never been better.
She faces more formidable opposition, with such fit horses as SARAGOSSA, PALACE GOLD, ROLEX, and the Wayne DaCosta-trained American colt RIO COBRE present.
RIO COBRE reverts to the ideal trip with leading jockey Dane Nelson back in the saddle.
With the fleet-footed SARAGOSSA now hiked in the handicaps after humbling then favourite RIO COBRE over the round-five course in muddy conditions on March 28, the latter should turn the tables at the revised weights.
RIO COBRE has good speed and more than likely will set off in front with SARAGOSSA in serious chase. This should set it up nicely for the late-kicking NOON IT IS, who has pleased at exercise in preparation for the race.
I am expecting NOON IT IS to collar the speedy RIO COBRE in deep stretch for a decisive win.
Elsewhere on the 10-race programme, the annual renewal of the Master Blaster Trophy - over the straight five course - should resolve itself into a straight fight between SMOKIN MAN and HERMOSO AMIGO to be ridden by Rayan Wilson and leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths, respectively.
Raymond Townsend's SMOKIN MAN, a 4-y-o grey colt who has won two of his last three races, including one over the straight, has good speed and along with the fleet-footed lightweight, BLENDER, should have a battle royal for the lead in mid-track. But HERMOSO AMIGO won't be far off, and although disappointing behind SIR SOUTH over 1300 metres as the favourite last Saturday, gets the ideal trip today and should recoup losses for the Noel Ennevor stable.
Other firm fancies on the card are ARGUMENT DONE, to repeat in the first race; LADY MACBETH, to do likewise in the third; CLASSY KELLY, to go one better at the expense of SHEISMYHEART in the fourth; FOREVER MINE in the sixth; and ROYAL LINE to repeat in the seventh.