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Straight duel

Fierce contest expected involving Peking Cruz, Nuclear Flight as the specialists do battle coming down the five-furlong straight course

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Although the Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup is the lone feature race on tomorrow's 10-race card the Open Allowance call is certain to awake most attention among racing fans.

Seven runners have been declared to face the starter in this quick sprint race over 5 furlongs (1,000m) straight for a purse of $1.15 million.

The Supreme Racing Guide takes a look at the runners and their chances of winning this race, as usual, in post-position order.

PEKING CRUZ: (4-y-o, ch g – TraditionalPatty Girl) – One of the most improved horses in training at the back-end of last year with four consecutive victories including two at this level. Peking Cruz's winning streak was halted in the Caribbean Sprint Championship when he finished third behind Chace The Great and Mr Universe over six furlongs (1,200m) in November of last year. Peking Cruz last raced on January 19 of this year when he came home in third position behind Money Magnet and Chace The Great over tomorrow's distance, his only loss over the journey. Based on that run and with no Money Magnet and no Chace The Great here, Peking Cruz should have no problems putting away rivals and Peking Cruz is down in class to compete here. Peking Cruz's only difficulty might be the number one draw but in recent times we have been seeing more horses win over the straight from inside draws plus with only seven horses in the race, the draw might be of little significance.

PAKMAN: (5-y-o, g h – TaqarubLady Jagrat) – A winner on last over 6 furlongs, but stepping up here to compete, a winning run is unlikely for Pakman. Yet, as they often say, once you have a ticket, you have a chance. Let's see on the morrow.

EXHILARATE: (4-y-o, ch f – Blue Pepsi LodgePure Joy) – Two dismal runs this season so far after winning three straight races in her movement to this Open Allowance level. Exhilarate is still trying to find her feet here and given time might well do so.

K D FLYER: (5-y-o, dkb h – Silent ValorDixie Flyer) – Loves the straight and finished fifth by nearly six lengths on last over this same distance behind Money Magnet, Chace The Great and P eking Cruz. K D Flyer ended just about two lengths behind Peking Cruz in the race mentioned above and with a massive shift of 16 lb in the weight in favour of K D Flyer, this five-year-old dark brown horse has a serious chance, certainly on the handicaps against Peking Cruz. Yet Peking Cruz is much more seasoned in this class while K D Flyer is just working his way through. It would be silly to leave K D Flyer out of the reckoning. Enough said and that is why they run the races.

BIRDIE MY LOVE: (6-y-o, ch m – Burning Marque Bye Bye Birdie) – Won well on last in the Allan “Billy” Williams Memorial Cup over seven furlongs (1,400m) by over three lengths in 1:25.4 but that was the level below Open Allowance. Now Birdie My Love is among some of the best and has been beaten already by K D Flyer over five furlongs straight. This should provide Birdie My Love with a good learning lesson.

NUCLEAR FLIGHT: (4-y-o, dkb f – Nuclear WayneCity Flight) – Has a racing record of five wins and three second place finishes from eight career starts. Nuclear Flight is another one of those horses who loves the five straight course as she is unbeaten over the distance in four starts. She has class, she has talent and Nuclear Flight also has speed which makes her a tough opponent here. Did well in her first run in the class when finishing just under two lengths behind Another Bullet when running the distance of five and-a-half furlongs. Nuclear Flight is fighting fit and will not go down easily in this one plus the stables of trainer Gary Subratie is red hot at the moment. Be prepared for a good run from Nuclear Flight.

CAMPESINO: (9-y-o b g – CompadreYaella) – Getting up in age but has been performing well and another good run is expected from him. If Campesino is anywhere near his best then he will win this one, but even with his consistency of late, the old warrior might just not have the spunk necessary to deal with the youngsters on offer in this sprint fest. Very interesting choice of rider by trainer Philip Feanny as Omar Walker rarely, if ever, rides for the former many-time champion trainer. This indeed is a very interesting development.


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