Top trio highlight's programme
PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, FRANFIELD, and TYPEWRITER have been at each other for the last three years and are shaping up for yet another epic showdown in next month's Superstakes.
The trio share the spotlight on Saturday's 11-race card with six-year-old PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and FRANFIELD, a year younger, taking on back-to-form four-year-old, SUPERLUMINAL, in the 2000-metre Governor General's Stakes for grade-one horses.
TYPEWRITER, at seven, is the most decorated of the trio with a derby, two Superstakes and a Horse of the Year title under his girth. He makes his seasonal debut in overnight allowance, two classes lower, in the Errol 'Big Sub' Subratie Memorial at a mile, facing a formidable foe, the speedy filly, PINELOPE allowing her all of 15lb.
Don't be fooled by TYPEWRITER's nine-month lay-up heading into the Superstakes. He did the same thing last season, coming off an eight-month rest to beat TIMEFORARMS and FRANFIELD in the Nigel Nunes Memorial before being cut down by PERFECT NEIGHBOUR in the Governor General's Stakes.
FIRST RACE BACK
However, allowing PINELOPE 15lbs appears a bit too much an ask for seven-year-old TYPEWRITER in his first race back, more so at a mile, a distance at which she clocked 1:38.2 with a similar lightweight on August 17.
TYPEWRITER's time will come, though his route to the Superstakes will be one race shorter this season.
PERFECT NEIGHBOUR is the total opposite of TYPEWRITER. Though a year younger, he is always early out in the season and usually has a win or two under his belt before Superstakes Day.
He has virtually made the Governor General's Stakes his own, winning the event for the last two years, and is on track for a hat-trick. The Wayne DaCosta-trained gelding found only stablemate SEEKING MY DREAM better at the distance in August's Prime Minister's Stakes.
FRANFIELD, who turned the tables on the field to land last year's Superstakes with a crippling move two-and-a-half furlongs out, surviving a lengthy stewards enquiry, debuted with a victory at 1500 metres in March, upsetting none other than SEEKING MY DREAM in the Chairman's Trophy.
However, his preparation for the Governor General's Stakes has not been as intense as PERFECT NEIGHBOUR's, whose intentions have been advertised right throughout September with three sharp six furlong gallops 1:13.4, 1:14.0, and 1:14.1.