Campesino should benefit from Poker Star's scratch
PHILIP Feanny's CAMPESINO should get his due in tomorrow's open allowance at 1200 metres after four consecutive second-place efforts since mid-November. The six-year-old gelding's lone threat among six rivals is up-in-class ROYAL ASSAULT, who faces open allowance horses for the first time.
CAMPESINO appeared destined for a fifth runner-up spot up to mid-Thursday. However, POKER STAR's scratch from the overnight cleared the way for Feanny's runner to notch his 10th win after four tough losses.
Though drawn at post-position one, CAMPESINO will be comfortable chasing ROYAL ASSAULT drawn next to him in stall two. The pair should pretty much have the race to themselves as there is no matching speed down the backstretch.
DIFFERENTGENERATION was on a hat-trick last time out but got his taste of open allowance pace when LONG RUNNING TRAIN and CAMPESINO left him standing leaving the half mile when going a mile on January 23.
HOVER CRAFT is hopelessly outsped whereas stablemates POTCHEEN and PETE'SWILDONE failed to train on past last summer and neither has looked the part at exercise since.
CAMPESINO had valid excuses for his four consecutive second-place runs. He was twice beaten by sprint champion POKER STAR, sub-12.0 and sub-1:05 for 1200 and 1100 metres, respectively. He lost by a head, beaten by the handicaps when caught at the wire by PHINEAS.
Last time out, CAMPESINIO ran smack into vastly improved United States-bred LONG RUNNING TRAIN at a mile, a distance a trifle too long for the local-bred.
Feanny has retained a three-kilo claiming apprentice but replaced Bebeto Harvey with Odeen Edwards, ensuring CAMPESINO will come in lighter than the horses with grade one experience, POTCHEEN and PETE'SWILDONE.
POTCHEEN is too heavy at 57.0 kilos, given his current form. PETE'SWILDONE, at 53.5 kilos, reports four pounds heavier than his last run when he finished almost a dozen lengths behind CAMPESINO at 1100 metres.