PHINEAS for Fon­tain­bleu Tro­phy

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Orville Clarke Gleaner Writer

WITH THE threat of Hur­ri­cane Matthew hav­ing ended on a pos­i­tive note, yes­ter­day’s mid-week pro­gramme, which was can­celled by CTL on Mon­day, has been re­vived by the pro­mot­ers and will; be run off to­day.

The well-sup­ported 10-race pro­gramme, which com­mences a 12:40 p.m, fea­tures three tro­phy races. Th­ese are the 3-y-o and up open al­lowance race over 1500 me­tres for the Fon­tain­bleu Tro­phy, the Ce­cil C. Charl­ton Memo­rial Tro­phy over 1,300 me­tres for $500,000 – $550,000 claim­ing horses and the Mon­ica Todd Memo­rial Cup over 2,000 me­tres for $180,000 claimers.

The fo­cus of at­ten­tion will def­i­nitely be on the Fon­tain­bleu Tro­phy to be con­tested by seven starters, all of whom are en­joy­ing good form.

In­cluded in the line-up are the con­sis­tent 7-y-o geld­ing PHINEAS, who shoul­ders joint top­weight of 57.0kg with TRA­DI­TIONAL PRINCE.


Over this trip, how­ever, PHINEAS is def­i­nitely the more ef­fec­tive, and with trainer An­drew McDon­ald calling up in­form rider Robert Halledeen, the son of Dis­torted – Win­ning Spirit will not go down eas­ily.

PHINEAS has won twice from five starts this sea­son, and hav­ing fin­ished a good third to BRAWN in the re­cent Saint Ce­celia Cup, is in good nick for this race. With the gen­uine speed­sters FORCE D JOUR, MOM’S STU­DENT and SIR BUD­GET ex­pected to en­sure a hot early pace, things should be set up nicely for PHINEAS, who won’t be far off en­ter­ing the straight.

This is a horse who beat none other than Horse of the Year SEEK­ING MY DREAM by a head last Novem­ber in the CTL In­vi­ta­tional Mile, and with those cre­den­tials, gets the nod over MOM’S SE­CRET and HOVER CRAFT.

Other firm fan­cies on the card are the well-for­ward 2-y-o debu­tante FEAR­LESS SA­MU­RAI in her first race, GIRLY GIRLY LINKS in the fourth, COL­ORS OF WAR over DR TRAIN in the Mon­ica Todd Memo­rial Cup and SCOOP JORDYNE to score an over­due win in the Ce­cil C. Charl­ton Memo­rial Tro­phy to be con­tested by nine starters.

PHINEAS (out­side) with Wes­ley Henry aboard, win­ning the re­cent Gla­di­a­tor Tro­phy fea­ture at Cay­manas Park ahead of hot favourite CAMPESINO (Dane Nel­son).

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