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HORSE RACING: Big field for Lotto Classic

Published:Friday | May 24, 2013 | 1:33 PM

Sixteen native-bred three-year-olds have been declared to contest the Supreme Ventures-sponsored Lotto Classic for the Governor's Cup over 2,000 metres at Caymanas Park tomorrow.

The race is the the final prep for the June 15 Jamaica Derby.

Despite attracting a maximum field, there are two notable absentees from the line-up.

The unbeaten WILLIE GOLDSMITH, who won the Two Thousand Guineas on April 6 and the One Thousand Guineas winner SELECTABOOK. Both contested an open allowance mile on yesterday's Labour Day meet.

Also missing from tomorrow's line-up is the recent Oaks winner LADY ABHIJITA.

Despite their absence, the Lotto Classic still has enough good horses to make it an intriguing contest.

Leading lights are topweight HOVER CRAFT with  apprentice Romario Saunders riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, stable-companions PERFECT NEIGHBOUR under champion jockey Dane Nelson and RUM PUNCH with 2011 champion jockey Dick Cardenas aboard.

The race also includes  the Gary Subratie-trained BIG MAN IN TOWN with leading jockey Omar Walker aboard, ROCK UNION with Aaron Chatrie up and CRUCIAL APPEAL with American based three-time Jamaican champion jockey Andrew Ramgeet.

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