Observer staff reporter

Friday, April 26, 2019

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ALTHOUGH there are two trophy races slated for competition on tomorrow's 10-race programme, it is the Bonnie Blue Flag that is sure to draw the most attention as six Open Allowance horses are set and primed for battle over nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m).

All six horses entered are capable of taking home this prestigious trophy thereby ensuring a highly competitive race with the likes of Master of Hall, Fayrouz and Houdini's Magic set to blaze the trail.

The Supreme Racing Guide takes a closer look at each runner and their chances of galloping away with the $1.15 million purse that goes with the trophy.

MASTER OF HALL: - (4-y-o. b. g – Emperor Hall Noassemblyrequired) - After a close defeat by Run Thatcher Run over 7 furlongs (1,500m) on March 30, the first time in Overnight Allowance company. Master of Hall returned 15 days later at the same level and beat rivals going a mile (1,600m) in a blistering 1:37.0. Master of Hall has had his health issues but his trainer has seemingly worked them out and although stepping up to compete here, Master of Hall has the class and talent to continue on his winning path.

FAYROUZ: (4-y-o. ch. f - Blue Pepsi LodgePrincess Geeta) – Showed up to the races on April 13 after an absence of several months. Fayrouz is not a sprinter but was able to compete over five-furlong straight, finishing sixth behind stable companion Exhilarate at this level. That race has to be taken as a pipe opener and given her nature of performing better over longer distances, Fayrouz should be given maximum respect here.

HOUDINI'S MAGIC: (7-y-o. dkb. h – Performing MagicMilestone) – Tough as they come. Houdini's Magic has been performing at this level and above for the longest while and although not igniting any sparks in recent times, should be comfortable here and could score that long overdue win. Houdini's Magic has started four times this year and the Bonnie Blue Flag provides the best possible opportunity for a victory. Houdini's Magic last raced on April 3 over a mile (1,600m) and was beaten into third place, 8 lengths behind Stranger Danger and Drummer Boy, but is now fit and ready for a capital effort, plus his barn is in good form right now.

PAKMAN: (5-y-o. b. h - TaqarubLady Jagrati) – Capable sort but against these, Pakman is going to be left behind.

DRUMMER BOY: (4-y-o. b.c – Natural SelectionPreach Preacher) – Finished a good second behind stable companion Stranger Danger on April 3 over a mile, beaten by 5 lengths in a time of 1:38.0 but was 3 lengths in front of Houdini's Magic, who was third. Based on that performance, Drummer Boy has a shot of going one better here.

SECRET TRAVELLER: (5-y-o. b. g - Traditional Sea Traveller) – Came running on in the latter stages of a five-straight only to be outdone by Exhilarate by lengths. Secret Traveller is going to be better suited over this distance and should be able to land a telling blow. He can lead or he can run on and has a victory over this distance when he won the Fan Appreciation Day Trophy in 1:56.2 but that was in Overnight Allowance company.

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