Monday 18 March, 2019

Go with Father Patrick and Lady Blue in feature races at Caymanas Park

Trainer Ian Parsard’s FATHER PATRICK is the ante-post favourite with jockey Omar Walker aboard for Saturday’s six-furlong co-feature for three-year-olds, the Sir Howard Stakes. However, the fillies-only Hot Line Stakes could be ripe for an upset with the principals, LADY BLUE and CASUAL DRINK, both returning off lengthy lay-ups.

FATHER PATRICK impressed in a fast time of 1:06.2 when winning on debut at five and a half furlongs on January 12. A half-brother to former grade-one sprint ace, CRUCIAL APPEAL, FATHER PATRICK continues to dismiss his open allowance stablemate, SUPERLUMINAL, clocking a zippy 59.2 for five furlongs round at exercise.

Philip Feanny’s CUSTER, who won at three furlongs on debut last summer, has topweight 126lb with Dane Nelson and is the main threat to FATHER PATRICK.

Though CUSTER won in a fast 58.2 for five furlongs straight on January 30, he had a featherweight 109lb, receiving 10lb from UNIVERSAL BOSS and 17lb from first-time-out stablemate, LEGALITY, who clearly wanted more ground.

In the Hot Line Stakes, Walker is astride LADY BLUE, who has returned from a three-month lay-up after her second-place run to CORAZON in November’s Pick-3 Super Challenge at seven furlongs, leading for the first six.

In her last workout, LADY BLUE clocked a slow 1:09.0, beaten by stablemate BRANDY, 1:07.1, in a flat five-and-a-half furlong gallop.

Nelson is aboard Gary Subratie’s CASUAL DRINK, who hasn’t raced in five months and hasn’t been doing much at exercise on return, leaving a question sign hanging regarding her fitness and the possibility of an upsetter landing the event.

The Sir Howard is set to run off at 1:30 p.m. as the third event whereas The Hot Line Stakes is the seventh with a 3:55 p.m. post time.

First post for the 10-race card is 12:20 p.m.

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