Sir Alton, Crafty And Ready face off on Sunday's race card
United States-bred rivals, Wayne DaCosta’s SIR ALTON and Adin Williams’ CRAFTY AND READY, meet for the second time on Sunday at Caymanas Park after being separated by a half-length when both debuted at five furlongs straight on December 6.
Whereas SIR ALTON lost to local-bred SOUL CURE when bidding for a second win from as many starts on January 11, CRAFTY AND READY won his follow-up race in impressive fashion, eight days later, beating SIR ALTON’s stablemate, UNCLE POLLY, another US-bred, at six furlongs, in a fast 1:11.4.
Williams had fitted CRAFTY AND READY with the tongue tie in which he will face SIR ALTON in the rematch at seven and a half furlongs, the seventh of 10 races scheduled.
Both trainers have made equipment changes to their charges. DaCosta has removed the blinkers with which he had fitted SIR ALTON when he had lost on January 11. Williams has removed the visor, which CRAFTY AND READY had worn on his two outings, intending to have his colt to stay the longer distance.
DaCosta has taken SIR ALTON to task at exercise with back-to-back 1:06.0 clockings for five and a half furlongs, followed by 1:18.4 for six and a half, the last six in 1:12.4.
Meanwhile, trainer Ian Parsard’s SUPERLUMINAL is the hot ante-post favourite to land the Alexander Hamilton Trophy at a mile. He also has FATHER PATRICK returning off an eight-month lay-up at five furlongs round, his main threat being Anthony Nunes’ back-to-form BALTUSROL.
First post is 12:25 pm.