Seek­ing My Dream for Alex’s Im­port Gold Cup

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Orville Clarke Gleaner Writer

BRAWN

ASTAR-STUD­DED field of 10, headed by reign­ing ‘Horse of the Year’ SEEK­ING MY DREAM, will con­test the 44th run­ning of the Alex’s Im­port Gold Cup for top-class horses over 1400 me­tres at Cay­manas Park to­day.

The field also in­cludes the ex­cit­ing sprint sen­sa­tion BUZZ NIGHT­MARE, who seeks his fifth con­sec­u­tive win; the con­sis­tent Amer­i­can filly, LONG RUN­NING TRAIN, who has won two of her last three races; as well as two-time Su­per­stakes win­ner TYPEWRITER; and the Amer­i­can 4-y-o geld­ing, BRAWN, who is com­ing off a re­cent fast-time win in the Saint Ce­celia Cup over 1300 me­tres.

The win­ner is al­most sure to come from the above-men­tioned group, but the two BUZZ NIGHT­MARE stand­outs are SEEK­ING MY DREAM, to be rid­den as usual by four-time cham­pion jockey Omar Walker for 15-time cham­pion trainer Wayne DaCosta, and fleet-footed BUZZ NIGHT­MARE, with Oneil Mullings rid­ing for 14-time cham­pion trainer Philip Feanny.

BIG QUES­TION

BUZZ NIGHT­MARE boasts su­pe­rior speed and is al­most sure to set off in front with a mere 50kg. How­ever, he is yet to win be­yond 1300 me­tres, and the big ques­tion is whether he can poach a good enough lead en­ter­ing the straight to beat the best horses in the coun­try at 1400 me­tres. I think the 4-y-o son of Into Mis­chief-Queen of Bat­tle has lots of class and will make a bold at­tempt

How­ever, SEEK­ING MY DREAM, who has won four of his five races this sea­son, is SEEK­ING MY DREAM (Omar Walker) cap­tur­ing the Di­a­mond Mile ahead of TYPEWRITER (Aaron Cha­trie). prov­ing to be an ex­cep­tional horse, and with DaCosta pro­claim­ing the 2015 Di­a­mond Mile win­ner as “the best horse by far in the coun­try”, is tipped to defy top­weight of 57.0kg for the fourth con­sec­u­tive time.

SEEK­ING MY DREAM has worked well for this his first race, and with the dis­tance ar­guably his best, should prove too strong for BUZZ NIGHT­MARE and the stretch-run­ning BRAWN in deep stretch.

Der­rick Smith’s 4-y-o colt by Seek­ing the Glory out of the 2008 ‘Horse of the Year’, Al­safra, has the pace to race in touch and the turn of foot to seal the deal in deep stretch.

Other firm fan­cies on the Alex’s Im­port­spon­sored 11-race pro­gra­mame are ITAL­IANO in the third race, RUN­AWAY GAL in the sixth, BAL­LON D’OR in the eighth, and REG­GAE GOLD in the sec­ond race for the Nor­man Man­ley Me­mo­rial Cup.

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