Per­fect Neigh­bour for Governer Gen­eral’s Stakes

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Orville Clarke Gleaner Writer

Per­fect Neigh­bour (left), rid­den by Jockey Lin­ton Stead­man, get­ting the bet­ter of Long Run­ning Train (partly hid­den), rid­den by Aaron Cha­trie in the 53rd Run­ning of the Harry Jack­son Memo­rial Cup on Box­ing Day, De­cem­ber 26, 2015, at Cay­manas Park.

THE AN­NUAL re­newal of the mile and quar­ter Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Stakes grade one race is the prin­ci­pal fea­ture at Cay­manas Park to­day, and this should pro­vide the coun­try’s top stayer, PER­FECT NEIGH­BOUR, with his third con­sec­u­tive lien on this tro­phy.

The 2013 Derby and St Leger win­ner from the sta­bles of cham­pion trainer Wayne DaCosta re­verts to his pet dis­tance af­ter fail­ing to im­press be­hind BUZZ NIGHT­MARE in the re­cent None Such Sprint, this af­ter miss­ing the break. But he is truly fo­cused for this Su­per­stakes prep, with lead­ing jockey Omar Walker aboard, and looks the right choice.

Hav­ing worked well in prepa­ra­tion for this race, gal­lop­ing six fur­longs in 1:14.0 at ex­er­cise re­cently, PER­FECT NEIGH­BOUR is the most ac­com­plished in the six-horse field, and al­though set to give 6.0kg to the 2015 St Leger win­ner SUPERLUMINAL, his proven class should see him through.

HER­CULEAN EF­FORT

Also on the 11-race pro­gramme is the in­au­gu­ral run­ning of the 3-y-o and up overnight al­lowance race over a mile for the Errol ‘Big Sub’ Tro­phy, in mem­ory of the late trainer who died last year.

It would be fit­ting to see BLUE DIXIE com­ing out on top in the eight-horse field, see­ing that he is trained by the son of Errol Subratie, Gary Subratie.

But is would take a Her­culean ef­fort from BLUE DIXIE to win this race, given the pres­ence of the classy 3-y-o filly PINELOPE and two-time ‘Horse of the Year’, TYPE­WRITER, who races for the first time since Box­ing Day of last year, but will re­port well trained.

De­spite this, it could be ask­ing too much of TYPE­WRITER to snap the win­ning streak of a race-fit PINELOPE, who steps up in class with a mere 49.0kg and ap­pren­tice Dane Dawkins again rid­ing for trainer Pa­trick Fong.

Fol­low­ing her near track-record run over 1700 me­tres re­cently, PINELOPE, who now bids for the hat-trick, is def­i­nitely go­ing places, hence it will take a brave punter to op­pose her in present frame of mind.

Other firm fan­cies on the cad are VAL­LEY OF QUEENS to win the third race over 1200 me­tres, COPPERFIELD in the fourth, JU­NIOR DON in the sixth, PRINCE KAMALI in the eighth and JDA in the ninth.

IAN ALLEN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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