Gary Glitter to headline big weekend
GARY GLITTER, one of the most improved horses in training since the back end of last season, has a nice set-up in Saturday's 1300-metre open allowance.
Though facing nine sharp rivals, five of whom have already visited the winners' enclosure this season, some on multiple occasions, GARY GLITTER's form jumps off the race book's pages after his scintillating run in the grade one Lady Geeta Trophy two weeks ago.
Carrying 50.5 kilos and partnered by sparingly used Chalrick Budhai, the four-year-old gelding zipped to the lead in the 1100-metre race with CAMPESINO and SEEKING MY DREAM in chase.
Ripping splits of 22.3, 33.3 and 44.3, GARY GLITTER turned for home a half-length on top and battled CAMPESINO, who was only four pounds heavier, for the entire stretch run, 57.1 for five furlongs, and a final time of 1:11.2.
GARY GLITTER went down by a length and a half to CAMPESINO, last year's Caribbean Sprint champion, not to mention that Horse of the Year SEEKING MY DREAM was a length behind him at the end, albeit with 57.0 kilos.
That performance literally put GARY GLITTER in grade one, making him the sole out-of-class horse in Saturday's race were it not for the presence of CRUCIAL APPEAL, who had beaten him in their previous clash at 1000 metres straight.
CRUCIAL APPEAL, a genuine grade one horse if there was ever one, returned off a three-month lay-up down in class among overnight allowance horses on March 4 and accepted a gift with open arms.
The seven-year-old chestnut speedster sat off the pace with Dane Nelson, behind speedy SIR BUDGET, and changed gears on GARY GLITTER inside the last half-furlong to win going away by two and a half lengths.
However, GARY GLITTER was in CRUCIAL APPEAL's backyard that afternoon and was forced to literally match strides with his faster rival while chasing SIR BUDGET, leaving him with no final kick.
Though CRUCIAL APPEAL is still a formidable foe on Saturday, GARY GLITTER should get some help from TALENTED TONY K, who only knows to run from in front and should ensure an honest pace to, at least, the home turn.
CRUCIAL APPEAL is at his best up to six furlongs, and, if bothered by TALENTED TONY K, will be under pressure to stave off GARY GLITTER inside the final half-furlong, even more so with topweight 57.0 kilos, giving his stretch-running rival seven pounds.