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December 28, 2012
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Royal Bud's a gift
Jimmie, Star Racing Writer


SUPER DAVE (right) with Paul Francis aboard, getting home ahead of hot-favourite MINISTEROFJUSTICE (Dane Nelson) in last Saturday's tenth race at Caymanas Park. The winner is owned by Spartacus Stables and trained by Philip Feanny. MORE RACING ON PAGE 24. - Colin Hamilton

FORM players should have a field day on tomorrow's season-ending 10-race card at Caymanas Park with CITY FLIGHT, MINISTEROFJUSTICE and REDS THOMAS the obvious choices in the first three events.

The impressive United States-bred CITY FLIGHT is unbeaten in two starts, clocking grade-one times in both races 1:06.1 and 1:12.1 for five and a half and six furlongs, respectively.

The two-year-old filly continues to work like a flyer in the mornings, 1:00.2 and 1:00.1, consecutive Sunday mornings and should be a money-back-plus-change winner at 1400 metres with Omar Walker aboard.

MINISTEROFJUSTICE has in-form Richard Mitchell astride and takes on an ordinary field of top-level claimers at 1100 metres with none of his six rivals having his class.

Last time out, December 8, he was only beaten by former open allowance and grade-one campaigner RAISE A RUCKUS at 1500 metres, outbattled inside the last furlong after trying to make all at 1500 metres.

WAIT AWHILE and PAPA D were both in that event and neither could take MINISTEROFJUSTICE off his bridle in splits of 24.2, 47.1 and 1:12.1.

Prior to that run, MINISTEROFJUSTICE was convincing in putting away EMERGENCE and IMPERIAL FORTUNE at 1100 metres in a fast 1:07.0, displaying his versatility and class.

Apprentice Renardo McNaughton has the leg up aboard REDS THOMAS and will have to be caught in the third at 1200 metres.

Michael Bernard is desperately trying to win the owners' championship and should get a flying start with CITY FLIGHT but his ALPHALETTA will be looking at REDS THOMAS back end all the way back to the wire.

Though she has kept better company in her 12 starts, ALPHALETTA is a maiden who lacks speed and is prone to scrappy starts.

REDS THOMAS has speed, has won four races and is back to form, narrowly beaten at 1300 metres on December 8 when trying to steal a march in splits of 23.3 and 47.1, shooting seven lengths clear of rivals at the top of the lane.

With a half furlong less to travel, REDS THOMAS should race into the lane clear of ALPHALETTA and hold grudgingly to the wire.

Take SHINING GOLD to stop Bernard's BLACKIE DAVIS, another runner down in class runner in the owner's championship bid in the fourth at 1000 metres straight.

Dane Nelson should roll over SILVER CAT in the sixth at 1000 metres straight and the nap of the day, expect a good price too, is ROYAL BUD in the night pan at 1500 metres.

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