Tuesday 20 November, 2018

Bank on Poker Star in open allowance race

Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta’s 2015 Sprint champion Poker Star, with champion jockey Omar Walker,  returns off an eight-month lay-up as the hot ante-post favorite for Wednesday’s ninth race at Caymanas Park, an open allowance at 1100 metres.

Poker Star has been catching birds at exercise, ripping 58.1 for five furlongs straight from the gate, plus a super-fast 1:06.1 for five-and-a-half furlongs, followed by 1:12.2 for six furlongs.

Down in class after last raced on September 16, Poker Star is a grade one horse in open allowance because he hasn’t won at the highest level in close to a year - an almost laughable condition after having only raced twice since last May.

Crucial Appeal (Jevvanne Erwin), Talented Tony K (Wesley Henry) and Chace The Great (laiming rider Dane Dawkins) are all quality horses in the nine-horse field but Poker Star is top-rated.

With top miler and stablemate Seeking My Dream’s chink in his armour now exposed as sprint races, DaCosta has exposed his arsenal in his hunt for a 17th trainers’ title.

DaCosta has at least a double lined up on the 10-race card. Radical, fourth in the 2000 Guineas behind stablemate Fearless Samurai, is expected to be a lonely winner of the 2000-metre I’msatisfied Trophy for three-year-olds, non-winners-of-two races.

First post is 12:50 p.m.