Lu­nar Rocket all the way

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Orville Clarke Gleaner Writer

THE AB­SENCE of a tro­phy race on today’s mid­week pro­gramme at Cay­manas Park shifts the spot­light to the re­stricted al­lowance race (non-win­ners of two) to be con­tested by 13 three-year-olds over the round five course.

Top con­tenders are the speedy pair of LU­NAR ROCKET and BLUE MOON, who fin­ished se­cond and third re­spec­tively to LOT­TERY TICKET over 1100 me­tres on Novem­ber 5.

The Fitznahum Wil­liams-trained LU­NAR ROCKET led at a fast clip into the straight ahead of BLUE MOON and although look­ing likely to hold on when two lengths clear a fur­long out, was caught close to home by the fastfin­ish­ing LOT­TERY TICKET in what was a fast-run race (1:05.4).

Given the shorter dis­tance and the pres­ence of a more ex­pe­ri­enced rider in Robert Halledeen, LU­NAR ROCKET should not be caught.

Com­ing from a favourable draw at post po­si­tion nine, she is again ex­pected to out­sprint old ri­vals BLUE MOON with lead­ing jockey Omar Walker and LIKE A LADY un­der for­mer cham­pion Wesley Henry, based on her 58.2 split for the first five fur­longs last time out.

FIRM FAN­CIES

LU­NAR ROCKET is still hand­ily placed in the scales with 53.0kg and should go one bet­ter at the ex­pense of the Wayne DaCosta-trained BLUE MOON, LIKE A LADY and PROUD PRES­I­DENT.

Other firm fan­cies on the well-sup­ported nine-race pro­gramme, which com­mences at 1:05 p.m. are the well-for­ward two-year-old debu­tante BAD GAL HILARY in the open­ing race for maiden two-year-olds; FIFTYONESTORM to re­bound in the se­cond, GOFORHOME in the fourth, MAN IN BLUE in the sixth over the straight and SIRMANDI in the clos­ing race over 1500 me­tres for $180,000 claimers.

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