Campesino can slip them


January 22, 2016
Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer CAMPESINO (Winston Griffiths up) and groom Glenroy Thompson.

PHILIP FEANNY's CAMPESINO should use his class to get a mile in open allowance company against nine rivals in tomorrow's 10th event.

Though facing the likes of Wayne DaCosta's ALL CORRECT and HOVER CRAFT plus COMMANDING CHIEF and improving United States-bred LONG RUNNING TRAIN, CAMPESINO should use his strong mid-race pace to slip the field and last home.

The six-year-old gelding was on a hat-trick of wins heading into the November 14 Caribbean Sprint Championship when beaten three lengths by three-year-old POKER STAR. However, he was almost equally three lengths clear of third-place ALL CORRECT.

Feanny and owner Howard Hamilton had fingers crossed ahead of the December 5 Diamond Mile, hoping CAMPESINO would have been elevated from the reserve list. However, all entries stood their ground.

Installed a 2-5 favourite at 1400 metres in the December 19 Gladiator Trophy, CAMPESINO fell to an old rival, nabbed at the wire by PHINEAS, a race in which he had LONG RUNNING TRAIN three lengths behind in third place.

In his last race, January 2, CAMPESINO got within three-quarter length of POKER STAR in the 1100-metre St Catherine Cup after his stablemate, BUZZ NIGHTMARE, attempted to chase the Sprint champion off the lead.

Though a mile might seem steep for CAMPESINO, Feanny has done the sensible thing, calling for three-kilo claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey, ensuring his runner has every chance of staying the distance with 53.0 kilos.

Up-in-class DIFFERENTGENERATION should carry the pace, making it even easier for CAMPESINO to track and pounce off the final turn.

Having had the measure of ALL CORRECT in their last two meetings, CAMPESINO should again get the better of the seven-year-old, even more so with the handicaps in his favour, getting two pounds from DaCosta's runner.

LONG RUNNING TRAIN reports with 50.0 kilos and a second-place run behind PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in the 12-furlong Harry Jackson Memorial under her girth. The American had swooped down threateningly off the turn in the Gladiator Trophy, but flattened out after that, finishing three lengths behind CAMPESINO.

A mile will be right up the American's street, making her CAMPESINO's main threat from off the pace. However, apprentice Harvey has stolen a few by lurking just off leaders and making a dash for home, a ploy which should serve him well aboard pacey CAMPESINO.

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