TALENTED TONY K looks good for Reggae Trophy
TALENTED TONY K, the hottest top-class sprinter around nowadays, is hard to oppose with 50.0 kilos and lightweight Wesley Henry aboard in a five-horse field for Saturday's 1000-metre straight Reggae Trophy.
The speedy six-year-old skipped a class to conquer Grade 1 in May's Lotto Sprint, going all the way to beat CAMPESINO and CHACE THE GREAT at 1100 metres. He dropped back in class to Open Allowance a week-and-a-half later, June 7, and made all with topweight 56.0 kilos at 1000 metres straight.
Despite his heroics, the handicappers have been rather lenient with TALENTED TONY K, basically a winner without penalty, sitting level with KING D, who he had beaten with 56.0 kilos, plus he returns at 50.0, the exact weight he had when turning back topweight CAMPESINO in the Lotto Sprint.
SEEKING MY DREAM has topweight 57.0 kilos whereas CAMPESINO's 54.5, down six pounds from his Lotto Sprint loss to TALENTED TONY K, has been reduced to 52.5 by apprentice Javaniel Patterson's two-kilo claim.
The handicappers' six-pound ease, plus Paterson's two-kilo claim, gives CAMPESINO a 10lb swing on TALENTED TONY K out of the Lotto Sprint. However, the seven-year-old gelding is not a tearaway speed horse and tends to take a while to gather himself in races of late.
Last time out, CAMPESINO ran into traffic at 1400 metres and could not get back to HOUDINI'S MAGIC. At 1000 metres straight, going up against a super-fit and light TALENTED TONY K, CAMPESINO will find it hard to peg his younger rival, who is undoubtedly the quickest in the line-up.
GARY GLITTER is a renowned run-on sprinter, who is most comfortable sitting off the pace and pouncing in the latter half of races. However, that's a luxury he can't afford at 1000 metres straight with no matching speed to test TALENTED TONY K.
SEEKING MY DREAM technically has the best draw, widest, but has not lifted a straw at exercise since allowing weight all around and losing to CAMPESINO and GARY GLITTER in the April 1 Lady Geeta Trophy at 1200 metres.
The Horse of the Year and two-time Diamond Mile winner only started cantering at the beginning of this month but the handicappers' hands are bound by his Grade One exploits, albeit at longer distances.
TALENTED TONY K is drawn at post-position two but, with only five horses in the line-up, it should be no problem for him to claim mid-track from very early in the race.