What looks to be a lively field of 14 native-bred fillies, some of course with Classic aspirations, are given main event status to show of what material they are actually made of when they face off in a maiden special weight contest for the $715,000 Eight Thirty Sprint priming event at Caymanas Park today.
The principal event on the 10-race card, the Eight Thirty Sprint, will be contested over the 1,000 metres straight course and has a post time set for approximately 4:15 pm with first post at 12:30 pm.
With the first Classic of the season some three months off, some talented-looking fillies are given their first run as three-year-olds except one and the 1,000-metre straight course is as good a strip as any, on which to confirm latent, speed and stamina.
Some have already tested the straight course as two-year-olds, and with the quality of field, it looks more of an occasion for sorting things out for future reference which could turn the event into a highly competitive affair.
In a field that is working as well as this one is in preparation, but winning talent still not established, any number can play. However, solid runs are anticipated from the high-priced Royal Minister filly Princess Geeta, Fly For Pleasure, Eighteen Karat, She's So Special and Pleasure Train.
Good runs are also expected from first time runners Trinitutor and Fearless Babe, along with the Traditional filly Lisa Vibes.
Looking at the top five runners aforementioned, Pleasure Train, the mount of female claiming apprentice Georgina Sergeon, posted an encouraging time of 1:00.1 for the distance for a sixth-placed finish behind Run Johnny Run, who clocked a fast 58.4 seconds for the distance in their final race as two-year-olds on December 24 last year.
Since then Pleasure Train, a dark bay filly by Vanadium out of All For Plearsure (Alisios) and bred at (YS, (1955), Ltd) has been kept on the move by owner/trainer Harry Parsard, with four workouts on the track and now facing a field probably not as gifted, with only 52.0kg and the apprentice, could get much closure on this occasion.
Despite being the most experienced over the distant, Pleasure Train is expected to be severely tested in the presence of Fly For Pleasure, a chestnut filly who bled on debut as a two-year-old. But she has been well drilled for her re-entry as a three-year-old and with Lasix applied and trainer Anthony Nunes calling for the strong handling of jockey Dane Nelson, the daughter of Dayton Flyer out of Fight For Pleasure (Fight Over) bred at Ham Stables Ltd could more than justify her exercise reports.
The Wayne DaCosta prepared Eighteen Karat, though not as explosive as some of her rivals in her preparation, is expected to put in another good showing after being surprised by Slice Of Life on Boxing Day over 1,200 metres.
Bred and owned by Edison J Chai, Eighteen Karat, a bay filly by He'stherealthing out of Girl In Gold (Golden Gear), will definitely enjoy the shorter trip at this stage of her development and could be brought with a determined run by the non-claiming apprentice Aaron Chatrie in the final stages of the event to land the gamble.
Ones To Watch
Race 1 Go Go Yvonne (Shane Ellis)
Race 2 A&S Express (Shane Ellis)
Race 3 Oakrun (Richard Mitchell)
Race 4 Skipping Cool (Richard Mitchell)
Race 5 Fluffy (Dane Nelson)
Race 6 Priceless Gold (Shane Ellis)
Race 7 Tricky Train (Georgina Sergeon)
Race 8 Eighteen Karat (Aaron Chatrie)
Race 9 Bullet Line (Oniel Mullings)
Race 10 Luscious (Dane Nelson)