Thursday 12 December, 2019

Sotomayor, Hilly's Halo to win divided Purewater Trophy

SOTOMAYOR and three-year-old United States importee, HILLY’S HALO, are ante-post favourites in their respective divisions of the overnight allowance Purewater Trophy over seven furlongs, races three and four at Caymanas Park on Sunday.

Anthony Nunes’ SOTOMAYOR ran a disappointing race as a heavy favourite last month but has been working well at exercise for his return.

Meanwhile, Gary Subratie’s HILLY’S HALO has improved tremendously after losing her first five starts. She has not been beaten in three races since May 26 and should easily make it four-in-a-row with Dane Dawkins riding at 110lb - the lightest she has ever been.

SOTOMAYOR’s poor run on July 14 could be explained by his preference to race out of the mile chute as opposed to the round course where his running style makes him suspect to a fast pace.

However, now running out of the mile chute, the four-year-old grey colt should be in his element with Panamanian Dick Cardenas, taking on six rivals, most of whom are lower-class horses.

The co-feature O&S Tack Room Trophy, the fifth event, at six and a half furlongs, is a good fit for Dwight Chen’s OUTRAGEOUS TAJ, who was outsped by PEKING CRUZ and return winner ANOTHER VIGOROUS at five furlongs straight on July 21.

First post for the 10-race card is 12:30 p.m.

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