Thursday 18 July, 2019

Mr Universe, Siempre Bueno in big sprint clash for Reggae Trophy

Champion Wayne DaCosta and rival Anthony Nunes continue their perennial battle atop the trainers’ standings at Caymanas Park in Saturday’s feature race, the 1000-metre straight Reggae Trophy.

DaCosta has two runners in the seven-horse field, two-time Horse of the Year SEEKING MY DREAM and speedy four-year-old, MR UNIVERSE, taking on Nunes’ SIEMPRE BUENO.

The two fastest horses in the country, MR UNIVERSE and SIEMPRE BUENO met in the May 26 Lotto Sprint at 1100 metres. MR UNIVERSE pressed SIEMPRE BUENO relentlessly, allowing his stablemate, SHE’S A MANEATER to close from off the pace and win the event in a super-fast time.

Going the minimum distance and no corners to negotiate, the Reggae Trophy appears a straight fight between the two speedsters.

However, SIEMPRE BUENO is drawn at post-position six and has the advantage against MR UNIVERSE, who is to his inside at post three. The 1000-metre straight course favours horses on the outside, giving six-year-old SIEMPRE BUENO a great chance of turning back his younger rival, who busted the clock in his last race, posting 1:11.1 for 1200 metres.

Lightweight jockey Wesley Henry is aboard SIEMPRE BUENO, who will run three pounds lighter than MR UNIVERSE with veteran Gary Richards. The event is set to run off at 2:55 p.m. as the sixth race.

Meanwhile, the 1200 metres Jamaica Racehorse Trainers Association co-feature should be won by Patrick Lynch’s FORMAL GLADIATOR, who has the handicaps against him but should outsprint Philip Feanny’s filly, FLY FIRST CLASS in the 5:50 p.m. closing event.

 First post is noon.

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