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November 30, 2012
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Go with Justin
Jimmie, Star Racing Writer


THERE GOES JUSTIN (Shamaree Muir). - File

THERE GOES JUSTIN has become a lean, mean two-turn sprinting machine and should land tomorrow's Jamaica Racehorse Association Trophy race at 2000 metres, even though he's up in class among overnight allowance runners.

The four-year-old United States-bred grey colt first showed off his new-found talent in his second race back from a three-month lay-up on October 27.

Running at odds of 63-1 with apprentice Shamaree Muir, THERE GOES JUSTIN bolted to the front and led rivals on a merry chase down the backstretch.

Most thought he would have quit leaving the half mile of the 1820-metre event but THERE GOES JUSTIN quickened away and spun into the lane with a three-length lead and was only caught inside the last half furlong by stablemate MISS BOSS LADY.

Three weeks later, November 17, Muir got it right, not too heavy on the throttle down the backstretch, and THERE GOES JUSTIN turned back twin challenges from AVENTURA and howling 3-4 favourite ARGUMENT DONE, scoring by a neck in 1:55.1.

THERE GOES JUSTIN's winning time was a fifth quicker than when beaten by MISS BOSS LADY. That spells consistency and, returning at the exact weight, though going 10 furlongs, THERE GOES JUSTIN seems to have found his calling.

Muir need not change his game plan. THERE GOES JUSTIN is the fastest and most race-fit horse in the line-up so put him in front and keep 'em running down the backstretch.

O'neil Markland's MIKENIFICENT is being touted as the horse to deny THERE GOES JUSTIN back-to-back wins. However, the four-year-old American is out for the second time since returning off a six-month lay-up and won't find the in-form grey coming back down the backstretch.

MIKENIFICENT was down in class on his return and finished eighth by 10 lengths in a six-furlong sprint, way short of his best, behind TRADITIONAL PRINCE, RIO COBRE and RIGHT MARKER. He was one-paced throughout and, though working well in the mornings, will find THERE GOES JUSTIN's pace unrelenting.

VONALMIGHTY is also being given a look-in but he will also be doing his running from behind, trying to catch THERE GOES JUSTIN who should be a lonely leader.

The other speed horses in the race don't have the class, form or stamina to stay with the Fitzgerald Richards-trained grey.

Omar Walker is the jockey to watch tomorrow aboard SPIC N SPAN in the second and a double for Anthony Nunes, SMOOTH E in the third and PRINCIPE in the fifth.

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