Horse Racing

A tough call

…Another Bullet, Orpheus, Mr Universe, the main contenders

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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The 2018 Open Allowance version of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) Trophy race has brought together nine horses with each having a good chance of winning the coveted silverware.

The BGLC Trophy race is run over five and a half furlongs and carries a total purse of $1.5 million.

Here are the nine runners and a look at their chances in post-position order.

WONG DON: (4-ch-c Traditional Angela's Favourite) — Was not all that far behind Campesino, Armageddon and Orpheus coming down the five straight. To win this one, Wong Don has to be kept off the anticipated blistering pace and make a move in the straight.

ANOTHER BULLET: (6-b-h – Nasheet Wisely Noted) — Gave a maximum effort on last when just failing to catch Campesino and company and now finds himself travelling over a distance to which he should be better suited. Another Bullet is a tough, hard-knocking campaigner who never fails to add his bit to any race he competes in. Another Bullet carries the same weight as he did in his last race and should fight out this one.

MR UNIVERSE: (4-ch-c Region Of Merit Raging Fury) – The undoubted leader in this pack of nine, Mr Universe did well in his last race over the five straight, but that was against some of the big ones including Chace The Great, Siempre Bueno and Money Magnet. Now carrying top weight, Mr Universe will still lead but will not hold off the late surge of the run-on horses.

ARMAGEDDON: (4-dkb-c – Nuclear Wayne Bonsai) — Ran a cracker on last when just failing to pip Campesino in a five-straight duel which saw, Armageddon switching acutely from the one draw to wide on the outside rails. Armageddon is an unmitigating lover of the five straight but 5 furlongs is another matter as he tends to be somewhat different when going around the turn. Has a chance but will have to run his hoofs off around the bend.

RADICAL: (4-rn-g – Fearless Vision Nistel's Annette) – This is a quick sprint and Radical is not a sprinter.

SECRET TRAVELLER: (4-b-g Traditional Sea Traveller) – The change of stables has made a world of difference to the fortunes of Secret Traveller but he is coming up in grade and needs time to acquaint himself.

ZEPHYR: (5-ch-m Nasheet Rushing Force) — Was doing his best running in the final part of his last race (five straight) against Campesino, Armageddon, Orpheus and company. Zephyr's last win was over today's trip when he beat Siempre Bueno and Money Magnet and reproduction of that latter form sees Zephyr taking home this trophy.

ORPHEUS: (5-ch-h – ( Adore The Gold La Reina) — Lost by a short to Campesino and Armageddon and now, with the weights being almost equal, Orpheus is going to relish the distance of the BGLC Trophy and is sure to be with or near to the leaders before being asked to make his move with 1 furlongs to go. Orpheus is always a competitive racer and this writer is excluding from analysis his run on June 23 — when beaten by 15 lengths by Mr Universe — as a one-off bad run. Has a chance now to atone that defeat. Orpheus is live and direct in this one.

BIMINI: (6-ch-m Seeking The Glory Maria Elena) — Was an upset winner in the class below on July 7, now against these it is going to take another upset for Bimini to win.

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