Ja­mai Raja fan­cied for Royal Dad Tro­phy

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Orville Clarke Gleaner Writer

HAV­ING SCORED a fast-time vic­tory over 1500 me­tres on Septem­ber 24, JA­MAI RAJA is tipped to re­peat when he takes on six op­po­nents in the Royal Dad Tro­phy 3-y-o re­stricted stakes over 1820 me­tres at Cay­manas Park to­day.

Among his ri­vals are the con­sis­tent WILL IN CHARGE, who fin­ished 3 lengths sec­ond be­hind a very fast 1:30.2, as well as MR DOITBETTA, who was third.

AWE­SOME DES­TINY, who has been dis­ap­point­ing in re­cent races, should wel­come this milder pace and should get sig­nif­i­cantly closer from the handy mark of 52.0kg.

JA­MAI RAJA, how­ever, won so im­pres­sively last time out that the free-run­ning colt from the sta­bles of Richard Azan ought to be fol­lowed from the con­ve­nient mark of 52.0kg and top ap­pren­tice Bebeto Har­vey again in the sad­dle.


He is def­i­nitely the speed­i­est in the lineup and although his de­trac­tors will point to the fact that his two wins this sea­son came on muddy sur­faces, his close sec­ond to BIGDADDYKOOL in the Lotto Clas­sic (Gover­nor’s Cup) over 2000 me­tres back in May makes him the one to beat.

The Robert Pearson-trained WILL IN CHARGE was highly fan­cied to beat JA­MAI RAJA in the mud, and although look­ing likely to mount a chal­lenge en­ter­ing the straight, failed to find ex­tra and ended up in sec­ond place. He should make it closer over the longer dis­tance of to­day’s race and looks the ob­vi­ous dan­ger to JA­MAI RAJA.

Else­where on the 10-race pro­gramme, the knotty look­ing open al­lowance sprint prom­ises keen com­pe­ti­tion among the nine starters, in­clud­ing the re­cent win­ners CHACE THE GREAT, CRU­CIAL AP­PEAL and NU­CLEAR AF­FAIR, along with CAMPESINO, TRA­DI­TIONAL PRINCE and DREAMCOMETRUE.

The Dwight Chen-trained 3-y-o colt, CHACE THE GREAT, im­pressed in win­ning his last three races, and de­spite the pres­ence of sta­ble com­pan­ion CRU­CIAL AP­PEAL – who won re­cently – is light enough with 48.0kg to win again.

I also like FREE RANGE in the fourth race, HE’S A MA­CHINE in the sixth and GLYDER in the 10th.


Fe­male ap­pren­tice An­dree Pow­ell is hard at work as he guides MA­JOR FORCE (fore­ground) to a four-length vic­tory in the Cash Pot ‘Win It’ Tro­phy, race six for na­tive-bred three-year-old maid­ens over 1500 me­tres at Cay­manas Park on Oc­to­ber 15.

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