Take a ride with El Numero Uno
EL NUMERO UNO is back down in class for tomorrow's feature race, among $250,000 claimers, the level at which he had blown away rivals on January 31, winning by four lengths at 1300 metres, slamming a good field in 1:21.3.
The six-year-old gelding went missing for two months but resurfaced two Saturdays ago, April 2, among $550,000 claimers, finishing last at 1000 metres straight behind FORCE DE JOUR.
Virtually a no-hoper that afternoon, EL NUMERO UNO ran far better than his final placing suggested. The chestnut gelding kept pace with the speedsters, never worse than seven lengths off for the first three furlongs.
Under minimum urging, he was almost alongside FRANKENSTORM and others before clearly eased by Richard Lunan, who stood in his saddle a furlong and a half out. EL NUMERO UNO came home in 1:01.4 behind the runaway winner's 58.3.
Now lowered for half the tag, EL NUMERO UNO looks set to land the gamble as he did on January 31 at odds of 7-2. Lunan, it should be noted, has been retained.
CAMPESINO should be a five-star banker on the midweek programme, facing six rivals at 1200 metres in an open allowance race being run as early as the third - an indicator that Caymanas Track Limited wants the event outside its cash cow Twilight Pick-6.
CAMPESINO has not been worse than fourth in his last seven starts since beating FRANFIELD at 1200 metres last October. Among his many brave attempts were three shots at champion sprinter POKER STAR, getting as close as a head to Wayne DaCosta's champion in the 1400-metre Gladiator Trophy and three-quarter length behind him in the 1100-metre St Catherine Cup.
Having faced the best grade one horses in his last eight starts, none of whom are around tomorrow, not even in-form FORCE DE JOUR should measure up though in receipt of 15lb from CAMPESINO.
Trainer Patrick Fong is trying to extract every ounce from female apprentice Natalie Berger's four-kilo claim with FORCE DE JOUR coming in at 46.0 kilos.
However, with FORTUNEONEHUNDRED ROYAL ASSAULT and SMOKEY TOPAZ around to keep Berger and FORCE DE JOUR company, CAMPESINO should pounce at will inside the final furlong.