Seek­ing My Dream to show his class

Jamaica Gleaner - - SATURDAY - Orville Clarke Gleaner Writer

THE 38TH run­ning of the Burger King Su­per­stakes over 2000 me­tres will take the spot­light at Cay­manas Park to­day.

Billed as ‘A Day with the King and his Horses’, the nine-horse field for the pres­ti­gious in­vi­ta­tional race with a purse of $4.5 mil­lion in­cludes last year’s win­ner, FRANFIELD, with top ap­pren­tice Be­beto Har­vey rid­ing for trainer Richard Azan; two-time win­ner TYPE­WRITER, to be rid­den by Robert Halledeen for trainer Spencer Chung; as well as the reign­ing Horse of the Year, SEEK­ING MY DREAM, with lead­ing jockey Omar Walker again rid­ing for 15-time cham­pion trainer Wayne DaCosta; sta­ble-com­pan­ion PER­FECT NEIGH­BOUR, with Or­lando Foster aboard; and this year’s St Leger win­ner, BIGDADDYKOOL, with cham­pion ap­pren­tice Lin­ton Stead­man rid­ing for top-line trainer An­thony ‘Baba’ Nunes.

The above-men­tioned horses should en­sure a highly com­pet­i­tive race, and the win­ner is sure to emerge from this group.

All have looked sharp in their prepa­ra­tion, es­pe­cially SEEK­ING MY DREAM and the three-year-old geld­ing BIGDADDYKOOL, both of whom have al­ready won over the dis­tance this sea­son, BIGDADDYKOOL win­ning both the St Leger and Lotto Clas­sic (Gov­er­nor’s Cup) over same and hav­ing im­proved, could make it close.

HOP­ING FOR THE BEST

FRANFIELD, who won the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Stakes over the dis­tance by four lengths from PER­FECT NEIGH­BOUR, is also in good nick for the race and Azan is hop­ing for the best. He is qui­etly con­fi­dent:

“He won con­vinc­ingly a year ago, is a bet­ter horse this year hav­ing beaten Seek­ing My Dream in the Chair­man’s Tro­phy in March and Per­fect Neigh­bour in the GG Stakes. He is not only fit, but has a lot of heart, and I am ex­pect­ing an­other big run from him,” said Azan, who has won the Su­per­stakes a record nine times, in­clud­ing four in a row with MENUDO (1999-2002).

For me, how­ever, the choice has to be SEEK­ING MY DREAM now that his main ri­vals are sit­ting level with him in the scales.

The class horse of the field, SEEK­ING MY DREAM should at last pro­vide DaCosta with that elu­sive suc­cess in the only ma­jor race he is yet to win in a ca­reer span­ning 40 years.

Owned by Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Der­rick Smith, the 4-y-o colt by Seek­ing The Glory out of the 2008 Horse of the Year Al­safra notched his last win over the dis­tance in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Stakes on Au­gust 6 un­der top­weight of 57.0kg, and although hum­bled by top sprinter BUZZ NIGHT­MARE In the re­cent Gold Cup over 1400 me­tres, has worked im­pres­sively for to­day’s as­sign­ment.

Else­where on the 12-race pro­gramme, the Philip Feanny-trained BUZZ NIGHT­MARE looks a cinch for the GLEN MILLS O.D. Caribbean Sprint, while it should be the Nunes-trained HOUDINI’S MAGIC ahead of old ri­val BRAWN in the Coco Cola In­vi­ta­tional Mile. Post time 11:00 a.m.

SEEK­ING MY DREAM (Omar Walker)

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