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Marcus one to beat


LINDON YARDE

Marcus one to beat

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The highly touted Marcus Antonious can complete a hat-trick of wins by taking the featured Golden Anniversary Trophy Handicap over 1 800 metres at the Garrison Savannah today.

Should he succeed, he would give owner Sir David Seale the perfect 50th anniversary gift.

In this race for three-year-old and older horses rated 140-122 and also open to horses rated 121 and below, Marcus Antonius, who has been improving with every start, will start as the pre-race favourite.

Discretewon ran a game second in his comeback race after the Gold Cup, the T.A. Tommy Peirce Memorial Trophy over 1 570 metres, behind Marcus Antonius’ stalemate Daunting David. Should he find the track much more suited to his style of closing from off the pace, he could be the main factor. However, based on the rapid improvement young gun Marcus Antonius has been making, Discretewon will be required to give it his all.

The non-acceptances of Giovedi and Knight Rider clearly open the door for the others to fight it out for the minor ends of the purse.

Vanity Affair, although remaining fairly consistent, has lost her aquaintance with the winner’s enclosure, but a place position is very possible.

Zoom’s staying ability simply can’t be questioned. However, his age and stable form must definitely come into the equation when considering his chances of success.

Indanger appears a live contender at today’s light impost but it will require plenty more from him in order to turn back the more favoured horses.

Lune De Barachois, even at this light weight, appears hard to fancy as her stamina limitation is always a question at this distance.

Little Man Arran is expected to be way out in the betting as he is returning to competition against horses rated over 100.

Interest will definitely run high in the supporting feature Caribbean Horse Kindergarten Stakes & Trophy for West Indian-bred two-year-olds over 1 100 metres.

San Souchi was an impressive winner last time out and will now look to add this event. Midnight Run is also going after a repeat victory and again has to make the most of the inside post.

The Lady Louise will be a better horse for her race experience despite her recent disqualification.

Favourite Cat, Positive Dancer and Howulikedisname are also expected to feature in the shake-up.

Fans will have their first look at the imported two-year-olds as they compete in the opening race, the King Dyal Handicap, over 1 000 metres.

The leading contenders are Luckyluckyme, owned by Luther G. Miller; Lucky Adventure, owned by H&M and Inwon, owned by Martyn and Daniel Raizman.

My picks

Race 1: Inwon

Race 2: The Price Is Right

Race 3: Sarava Point

Race 4: Sans Souci

Race 5: Marcus Antonius

Race 6: Margarita

Race 7: Lavani

Race 8: Steppin Razor

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