Sunday 18 August, 2019

Graydon a safe bet in URTA Trophy

Philip Feanny’s GRAYDON gets an easier pace to dominate in Saturday’s Caymanas Park feature, the United Racehorse Trainers Association of Jamaica (URTAJ) Trophy at nine furlongs and 25 yards, after his brave second-place run behind MY SISTER at seven furlongs last Saturday.


Carrying 122lb and up in class, GRAYDON hooked up on the lead with speedsters OUTRAGEOUS TAJ and EL PROFESOR in splits of 33.4, 46.0 and 58.3, leaving him winded when MY SISTER, who he allowed 12lb, came calling in the stretch run.


GRAYDON was far from disgraced, finishing a length and a half behind MY SISTER in his bid to land back-to-back races after being taken off lasix by Feanny. The United States-bred colt had an easy win at eight and a half furlongs, mid-October, before returning with topweight, up in class, last Saturday.

Clearly beaten by the handicaps and torrid pace, GRAYDON faces an easier field with slower horses, an event he should dominate with jockey Robert Halledeen retained by Feanny.


He represents the controlling speed in a field of mainly fillies such as AZARIA and ANNA LISA, who both need the race to set up for closers for them to have a chance.


Gary Subratie’s ANNA LISA recorded a victory over GRAYDON, at six and a half furlongs in August, beating him by three and three quarters lengths, sitting level at the scale. However, GRAYDON had her two lengths behind on Saturday, allowing her 21lb.


Post time for the URTAJ feature is 3:25 p.m., the seventh of 10 races scheduled.


First post is noon.


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