It’s Big­brown­grey­hope

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Orville Clarke Gleaner Writer

MID­WEEK RAC­ING re­sumes at Cay­manas Park to­day with a well sup­ported 10-race pro­gramme fea­tur­ing the Alty McKen­zie Me­mo­rial Cup over a mile (claim­ing $350,000 – $300,000) and the overnight al­lowance sprint over 1100 me­tres.

Post time is 12.30 p.m. and 10 races are sched­uled.

The Alty McKen­zie Me­mo­rial has at­tracted eight starters and the three that mat­ter are JESSIE JAMES, COMPUTERIZE and BIG­BROWN­GREY­HOPE.

All three are ide­ally suited to a mile and should en­sure a close con­test, but strictly at the weights, the Mar­lon An­der­son-trained BIG­BROWN­GREY­HOPE the most ap­peal­ing in the hands of cham­pion ap­pren­tice Lin­ton Stead­man with only 53.0kg.

True, he broke down and did not fin­ish when highly fan­cied some months ago, but step­ping down in class and now un­der the care of a shrewd trainer, gets the nod over COMPUTERIZE un­der lead­ing jockey Omar Walker and the stretch-run­ning JESSIE JAMES, the mount of top ap­pren­tice Bebeto Har­vey.

The overnight al­lowance sprint also has eight starters and should see Walker aboard DREAM­LINER turn­ing the tables on Stead­man, who rides ROYAL AS­SAULT.

Both are proven speed horses who ran well last time out, and I ex­pect them to turn for home clear of he well-trained UN­CLE TAF.

Vic­tory, how­ever, should go to the Wayne DaCosta-trained three-year-old colt DREAM­LINER, who should prove that much stronger than the four-year-old colt ROYAL AS­SAULT in the last fur­long.

Other firm fan­cies on the card are SCAR to go one bet­ter in the sec­ond race over a mile, DUS­SEL­DORF in the fifth, REIGN OVER ALL in the sev­enth and BIG AL in the eighth.

IAN ALLEN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

TRA­DI­TIONAL STORM (left), rid­den by Ja­vaneil Pat­ter­son, clip­ping LE­GAL ARENA (An­thony Thomas up) on the line in last Satur­day’s fifth race at Cay­manas Park. The winner is owned by Ren­ford Simp­son and trained by Randolph Scott.

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