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Superluminal to prove best in Open Allowance contest

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS
Observer writer

Saturday, August 12, 2017

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Three races of prominence along with the Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL) Exercise Riders Race hold centre stage on a tacky 11-race card at Caymanas Park today .

The programme is headed by an Open Allowance call for three-year-olds and upward going seven and a half furlongs (1,500 metres) for a purse of $1.15 million.

The Front Runners Dash, a maiden special weight event for native-bred two-year-olds and an Overnight Allowance event for three-year-olds and upward should also draw some serious attention.

Trainer Gary Subratie holds a very strong hand in determining the final outcome in the top-rated Open Allowance event. Subratie will saddle a three-pronged attack with his American imports — fillies Blue Dixie and Awesome Destiny, as well as the versatile late-running gelding Brawn, in the eight-horse field.

Awesome Destiny is the most recent winner of the trio. However, Blue Dixie looks the better prospect with Aaron Chatrie replacing Paul Francis, who rode her on last when she was seen making good late headway over a six-and-a-half furlong (1,300-metre) distance then. That was 119 days ago and having been retooled with the distance increased by a furlong (200 metres), Blue Dixie looks primed to make amends against Pinelope and Awesome Destiny for her defeat when they last met over the distance just under four and a half months ago.

The Ian Parsard-trained Superluminal has shown consistent form in his last three runs and with the distance ideal could now shed that intervening cloak and reintroduce the dagger of April 26 with leading rider Omar Walker called to the saddle.

Last but not least is the most recent winner of the pack, Dwayne Star. Quite capable on his day, Dwayne Star, with O'Neil Mullings replacing Wesley Henry in the saddle, could have some useful bearing on his expected performance.

The Front Runners Dash has a few debutantes in Christilano, Herecomestheboss and Locomotive, who can deliver the goods the first time of asking. But other useful runs are expected from the Gordon Lewis-bred and trained Chukka Boy and Woodhouse, the other Richard Azan-trained entrant, along with Christilano.

Christilano, who will be ridden by Shane Ellis, looks a cut above his rivals and should demonstrate his class with an easy win here. The Front Runners Dash will venture over five furlongs (1,000 metres) round for a purse of $1 million.

Phineas, Hover Craft and Timeforarms should fight for top honours in the Overnight Allowance event going a mile (1,600 metres), while Miracle Recovery and Stormonthesea are tipped to win section one and two of the SVREL Exercise Riders Race, respectively. First post is at 12:10 pm.

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