Seeking my Dream for Heroes Day win
HAVING won the Jamaica Derby and last year's inaugural Diamond Mile, Horse of the Year SEEKING MY DREAM should add his name to another of local racing's most coveted trophies on Monday when he takes on nine rivals in the Alex Imports Gold Cup.
Few in Monday's line-up have escaped SEEKING MY DREAM's marauding form, especially since he emerged from the three-year-old classics a much-improved horse and won December's Diamond Mile in 1:36.2.
Caught close home by FRANFIELD in March's Chairman's Trophy after being asked to attack UPPA TUNE too early in a six-furlong split of 1:09.3, jockey Omar Walker has not skipped a beat aboard the chestnut champion since.
The four-year-old colt swept all before him in his next three races, all with topweight 57.0 kilos, at distances varying from seven to 10 furlongs, including a stakes record 1:23.3 in the Eros Trophy, the very trip at which he lines up on Monday.
Were it not for the presence of Philip Feanny's BUZZ NIGHTMARE, Walker could easily put SEEKING MY DREAM in front from the word go and use the colt's class and speed to run rivals into the ground as he did when attacking POKER STAR in the Eros Trophy.
However, BUZZ NIGHTMARE, especially in receipt of 16lb from SEEKING MY DREAM, will be gunning torrid splits, which could turn the race on its head if Walker gets into a firefight on the lead.
Outside of SEEKING MY DREAM, there is no matching speed to test BUZZ NIGHTMARE, leaving Walker sitting in the catbird seat against Feanny's runner, who has never won beyond 1300 metres.
BUZZ NIGHTMARE continues to fly at exercise. He destroyed stablemate CAMPESINO last Sunday morning, clocking 1:12.1 in a six-furlong gallop, faster than the 1:12.3 he posted a week prior. If he is as improved as the clockers claim he is, SEEKING MY DREAM will be in for a rough ride.
However, SEEKING MY DREAM smacks of class and has a killer overdrive, which BUZZ NIGHTMARE will have to answer when the question is asked in the stretch run.
If they run themselves into the ground, the Americans, BRAWN and LONG RUNNING TRAIN, are the closers to pick up the pieces.