It'll be a dream come true
SATURDAY'S 1100-metre open allowance sprint should be a real cracker. The line-up includes back-to-form CRUCIAL APPEAL; paperweight CHACE THE GREAT hunting a fourth straight win; consistent CAMPESINO; GARY GLITTER, returning quickly from Monday's Gold Cup heroics; the surprise horse of the season, Steven Todd's DREAMCOMETRUE and, don't forget, NUCLEAR AFFAIR, who beat them all in the Seek Exercise Book Trophy but ran a stinker against the same horses, a month later, in the Saint Cecelia Trophy.
The handicaps are against CRUCIAL APPEAL making all. The six-year-old speedster looked really good when wiring rivals at 1000 metres round on October 8, clocking 58.3. However, he only had TALENTED TONY K to contend with on the lead, a horse way past his glory days.
Carrying 56.5 kilos, with the likes of CHACE THE GREAT (48.0), GARY GLITTER (49.0), FORCE DE JOUR (51.5) and CAMPESINO lurking close to the pace, CRUCIAL APPEAL would have to run his best race in a year to last home.
CHACE THE GREAT looks really tempting with 48.0 kilos but has never felt open allowance pace, plus he's breaking from post-position one with seasoned runners such as CRUCIAL APPEAL, FORCE DE JOUR and CAMPESINO on his outside. If he's to keep his position, he'll have to get off his bridle much too sooner than he's used to, which won't be to his advantage in the stretch run.
DREAMCOMETRUE, however, appears to be the fly in the ointment. Not as heralded as her rivals, she has been running above herself this season, finishing second to BUZZ NIGHTMARE in June before a surprising 1100-metre victory in 1:05.3 two races later.
She was slowly into stride and finished fifth behind NUCLEAR AFFAIR in the Seek Exercise Book Trophy but returned to beat all but BRAWN in the Saint Cecelia, rushing past a challenging CAMPESINO early in the stretch run.
Todd's filly reports with 53.0 kilos, light enough to stalk the pace and attack in the stretch run after the speedsters burn themselves out.