Seeking My Dream, Poker Star to sizzle
THE most anticipated clash in local racing, bubbling to the boil since last year, comes to a head tomorrow afternoon when stablemates POKER STAR and SEEKING MY DREAM square off in the 1400-metre Eros Trophy with few complaints, if any, between the two best horses in training.
The remainder of the six-horse field is almost invisible as, in addition to the top two, champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has thrown in the trio of PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, ALL CORRECT and HOVER CRAFT to ensure the race doesn't fall through for a second time after being rescheduled due to insufficient entries.
POKER STAR is unbeaten five starts, having not lost a race completed since finishing down the track behind SEEKING MY DREAM in last year's Jamaica Derby, more than a year ago. His only blemish came in the April 2 Lady Geeta Trophy, decking Robert Halledeen at the start of the event.
The bay gelding returned May 28 to clock 1:04.3 in the Lotto Sprint, beating CAMPESINO by a length with Omar Walker aboard. Halledeen is back astride POKER STAR whereas Walker returns to SEEKING MY DREAM aboard who he won last year's biggest races the derby and Diamond Mile.
With the distance just about right for both horses POKER STAR the land's best sprinter and SEEKING MY DREAM the top middle and distance horse jockeys' tactics will be crucial to the outcome.
Both horses are easy to rate and are being ridden by jockeys who know them inside out. However, SEEKING MY DREAM, even though five pounds heavier than POKER STAR, is more battle-hardened and has a turn of foot which will cripple the best of horses off the home turn.
Being drawn on the outside of POKER STAR is also a plus for SEEKING MY DREAM as Walker will be able to guage his rival's speed, knowing exactly when to pounce for the stretch run.