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All set for the big one


All set for  the big one

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Diamonds International/Mont Blanc and Victor Chandler Race Day promises to be unforgettable because the race of the year is set to be contested around 4:10 p.m. at the Garrison Savannah.
The Victor Chandler Stakes and Trophy over  1 570 metres has attracted 12 of the best to vie for today’s purse of $77 500.
It is the perfect trip for all entered and all are in good form and most importantly they are fighting fit.
No horse possesses a bigger fan club than Apostle. Although not as lethal as three years ago, pound for pound at the weights he commands respect.  
Age, they say, is just a number but the eight-year-old can expect to be double teamed from the gates  by rivals Show Me The Money and the undisputed sprint king of the Garrison Shared Adventure.
Should this scenario unfold then all will see just  how much this champion and long time ruler  of the track has left in him.
Shared Adventure has impressed and is hailed  as a star for the future.
In a brief but stunning career he has tormented  all the main local contenders over 1 100 metres.
Still young and in the learning curve, more improvement is in the forecast. He is the one they  will all have to beat.
Discreetwon has improved rapidly since turning three and in the process has displayed a powerful finishing rattle. While his chances are good, he will find the pace upfront totally different from what he is accustomed to. He could arrive too late on the scene.
Show Me the Money ran his best race in a year when he failed by a neck to peg back the mighty Apostle in the Breeders Classic over 1 800 metres. He has done reasonably well at this trip so expect another good effort from him.
Daga has taken longer than anticipated to return to her three year-old winning ways. Her improvement has been clearly noticeable but others continue to improve as well. Her chances are place possibilities at best.
Giovedi had a little setback that has relegated him among his peers. While the focus will be on the big three he is the one that can leave patrons in silence.
For some reason, on paper, Zoom never looks capable of beating the top horses – something he has lived up to consistently and it is expected that this trend will continue.
Aristodemus looked a monster in his last winning effort at this trip. Today’s encounter is about warriors and the question being asked is whether he possesses the necessary weapons for this high profile job.
Little Man Arran clearly prefers the lower rated 85-100 battles, never the 115-140 wars.
Purr Class will prefer a shorter trip and softer company. Kendal Moon has been consistent since her last win March 2. She is, however, outclassed, while Erados, after some credible performances this year,  is being fed to the sharks to end off the year.

My picks:
Race 1: Rahy StormelloRace 2: DomineeringRace 3: Between The SheiksRace 4: VitalityRace 5: Foxy BrowneRace 6: NekittaRace 7: Shared AdventureRace 8: IamsogroovyRace 9: Steppin Razor
SHARED ADVENTURE is one of the favourites for the Victor Chandler Stakes and Trophy. (FP)