Sta­ble­mates in top pony show­down

The Borneo Post - - SPORTS - By Scoop

KUCH­ING: Two sta­ble­mates will be champ­ing at the bit to see who gets to be crowned Pony Of The Year on the fi­nal day of rac­ing at the Mile 8 Pen­ris­sen course here this morn­ing.

Ti­tle con­tenders Dream Catcher II and Wind Chaser will square off in Race Five (Class One — 1000M) to pro­vide a fit­ting fi­nale to the cur­rent sea­son.

To date, Dream Catcher II has four wins, one sec­ond, one third and one fourth while Wind Chaser is snap­ping at his heels with three wins, four sec­onds, no third and one fourth.

A slim first-place mar­gin sep­a­rates the Ed­mund Sim-trained pair. Dream Catcher II is a soli­tary win ahead of Wind Chaser go­ing into the race. The lat­ter can re­verse the or­der with a win to­day and the ad­van­tage of a su­pe­rior count­back of sec­ond plac­ings.

Dream Catcher II was a course scratch­ing last week, ap­par­ently to keep him fresh for the race to­day.

Drawn in bar­rier four and with top rider Roslan Bu­jang elect­ing to take the ride, the lead­ing fiveyear-old is on his toes as he eyes pride of place on the scor­ing ta­ble. A cau­tion­ary note here is that the 67kg on his back might tell when he is asked for a fi­nal kick that dif­fer­en­ti­ates be­tween vic­tor and also-ran. What­ever hap­pens, the strap­ping gal­loper will have his sight firmly set on the ti­tle.

Wind Chaser, who won well on the First Day, will weigh out at 56kg with Ma­zlan Bu­jang in the sad­dle. Drawn next to the rails in bar­rier one and hav­ing the ben­e­fit of a solid run un­der his belt, the eight-year-old can chalk up a dou­ble to usher out the rac­ing sea­son in a blaze of glory.

The main dan­ger should come from top weight Mono­lita, the mount of Jasmi Ka­mar. The speedy five-year-old who fin­ished sec­ond to Wind Chaser last week, can play spoiler.

But a win by Mono­lita to­day will have no bear­ing on the cham­pion pony match. The ac­co­lade still will go to W Sta­ble as the tal­lies of both their run­ners – Dream Catcher II and Wind Chaser — are be­yond catch­ing.

Chero­kee should fol­low up on his First Day run­away vic­tory in Race Three (Class Three – 1000M).

The six-year-old who bounced right back from a spell to pack on rac­ing con­di­tion, looks good for a re­peat per­for­mance. With Roslan Bu­jang up and drawn in bar­rier four, the brown gal­loper should take the ex­tra 6kg well in stride to close the sea­son with a flour­ish of two wins in a row.

The chal­lenge should come from Bin­tang Ki­long (Jasmi Ka­mar) and Sau Tu­gau (Oth­man Pu­tit).

Lu­nar power should cast a long shadow in Race Four (Class Two – 1000M).

My Moon (Jasmi Ka­mar) who won im­pres­sively on the First Day, can out­shine the rest by pulling off a dou­ble.

Black Rus­sian (Oth­man Pu­tit), Crescendo (Ma­zlan Bu­jang) and (Geron­imo (Roslan Bu­jang) can mount a three-pronged at­tack to deny the favourite.

WIND CHASER

DREAM CATCHER II

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