Chance for a true sprinter
It’s been a?very long time since we have seen a crack sprinter but on March 3 one hopes the making of a true champion sprinter will be unearthed in the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint Stakes and Trophy at the historic Garrison Savannah.
The ninth edition of this 1 100 metres weight for age Grade 1 event for three-year-olds and over promises to be a scorcher on Gold Cup day. Fourteen horses are down to compete with two to be named reserves.
The build-up to this race has been centred on the return to the track by the previously injured 2009 United Insurance Barbados Derby winner Areutalkintome as well as Rocamadour.
The Josephs’ brothers-owned Areutalkintome has been away from the track for over a year due to a horrific accident he encountered while going through his regular morning routine. While he has been working impressively for a while his fitness will be severely tested when the gates fly.
Melrose and Clifton racing-owned Rocamadour has certainly showed his true colours when sprinting, winning his last two attempts at the trip. He first took the 115-140 rated Condominium at Palm Beach Trophy Handicap and his next entry to winner’s enclosure was when he scored in the Jonathon “Jono” Jones Handicap. It should be noted in a 14-month span he has only raced on four occasions. While the weight appears of little concern, the real question appears to be his fitness.
Senator Geoffrey Cave, Bill Blevins and Sir Martyn Arbib-owned Cavaichi is also entered for the Gold Cup. He has recorded two sprint victories at Woodbine in Canada and may be better suited at the sprinting trip. He has acclimatized but has no local racing experience which puts him in a very interesting position.
Preach To Me has come back well from an injury and has been in good form. The Sir David Seale horse followed a fourth place finish to Kendal Moon with a hard fought victory in the Ichi Ban Handicap at the Spa Sprint trip against horses rated 105-130. He then failed to find a place next outing at the same trip when he carried the top weight of 133 pounds. He appears a worthy contender here.
Golden Moment, also from the Hopefield barn turned away horses rated 70-95 in the Blast Of Storm Handicap Division A. Though the undertaking seems huge all things being equal she may be her stable’s best option.
The Blue Diamond Stables as usual will play the numbers game as they have six entrants, one of which is Vitality who is in ripping form. He was an impressive second to Super Star in the BTBA Sprint Stakes and Trophy before romping home in the Rotherley Construction Inc. Sprint Trophy Handicap. This speedball is considered a serious factor.
Stablemates Peaceful Envoy and Istanbul have been in fairly good form with the latter scoring in the Diamonds International Mont Blanc Villeret Handicap. Providing there is no break in the speed limit, they could appear at the end with a death rattle.
Run Akle Run has been fair at best and would surprise many if he gets in a winning blow.
The form of the other two from that barn Purr Class and Kingdora has been nothing more than reckless.
Bipin, representing the estate of Yusuf Mongroo surprised many last year when scoring in the Spa Sprint. That win was short-lived as he failed a urine sample and has not sprinted since then. On his present moderate form he appears another long shot.
Gay Smith’s gelding Erados has put in two gallant efforts in his last two tries; his second and third place finishes were eye-catching. Even though class and weight rise may mitigate against him, he is worth keeping a close eye on.
The form of Who To Say’s, who wears the Aysha Syndicate colours has been engulfed in a serious drought while Greeley Gone West owned by Luther G Miller III has been run into the ground.