Legality primed for Ahwhofah Trophy
LEGALITY has the handicaps and class in his favour, no need to worry about distance, Philip Feanny refitting blinkers should solve that, against either out-of-form or overmatched local-breds in Saturday's Ahwhofah Trophy at six furlongs.
Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has five runners among the lot including two-time Horse of the Year, SEEKING MY DREAM, who hasn't raced in 10 months and has simply been lounging at exercise. DaCosta's only hope of stopping United States-bred LEGALITY from winning his fourth race from six starts should have been back-to-form LOTTERY TICKET. However, the conditions allowing LEGALITY, a proven foreigner, to be allotted 115lb, after winning three races within the last three months, are almost laughable, Feanny rubbing salt into his rivals' wounds by declaring the leading rider, apprentice Christopher Mamdeen, to slip seven pounds.
Even if Feanny had retained Omar Walker, who was originally aboard LEGALITY on the overnight programme at 115lb, six-year-old mare LOTTERY TICKET, a run-on sprinter, would have had to perform out of her knickers at 110lb to beat the far-striding American three-year-old colt, who she now allows two pounds with Mamdeen coming in at 108lb.
LOTTERY TICKET was twice bumped in the stretch run last time out, afterwards eased by Walker in finishing fifth behind stablemate UNCLE FRANK at seven furlongs. However, pace makes the race and early speed she lacks, going up against a lighter foreign colt, who runs similarly but is faster.
The draw should also suit LEGALITY, out wide at post-position 15, whereas LOTTERY TICKET will have to weave her way through traffic, especially when things get bundled at the half-mile where her stablemate, MADAM SECRETARY, should be disputing the lead with the likes of ZEPHYR, PAKMAN and possibly HONEY RYDA.
LEGALITY is yet to win under seven furlongs but all his performances suggest he should have no problem overhauling this bunch at six furlongs. Feanny refitting blinkers isn't by chance. When LEGALITY wore the blinders on March 30, he was right up in the pace, five lengths clear, in a 1:10.3 six-furlong split, carrying 122lb, clocking 1:25.3.