Thursday, February 29, 2024

Old rivals clash again


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RACE?FANS?can expect something special when Apostle and Show Me The Money resume their battle for supremacy in the Lost In The Fog Handicap over 1 800 metres at the Garrison Savannah today.
Although not the afternoon’s premier event, this race for three-year-and-older horses rated 115-140 and also open to horses rated 114 and below has attracted significant attention.
Apart from the top mentioned duo their Gold Cup conqueror Dancin David is in the lineup. If that is not enough, the impressive Giovedi, who recently defeated Dancin David, also  competes.
Apostle and Show Me The Money are expected to go head to head and noticeably for the first time Apostle will be the recipient of five pounds from Show Me The Money. Both these animals will be seeking to set the record straight following their poor Gold Cup showing.
Once the track is in Apostle’s favour he will make them step. His last success was four starts back at this trip when he defeated Show Me The Money at level weights. He will be no walk-over especially with the leading apprentice claimer booked.
Show Me The Money, beaten favourite in this year’s Gold Cup, will be looking to send a message not only to his nemesis Apostle but also to his more youthful challengers.
While he has performed creditably, his record at today’s distance against the top-rated horses is far from spectacular, having only touched them off going 1 570 metres. He can correct his last success at this trip (2011 Gold Cup – disqualified) with a victory, but it won’t come that easily.
Dancin David now meets the main contenders on favourable weight terms. After romping home in the Gold Cup, he finished third behind Giovedi and Daga in the Kendal Moon Trophy Handicap over 1 570 metres. Nicely handicapped and on his present form, he should be a real threat.
Giovedi surprised many in his last effort with a resolute victory when he was the recipient of eight pounds from Dancin David. It was a strong statement.  
Having gained much needed respect, he will now need to dig deeper. Not only is he giving Dancin David three pounds but he is being stretched out once again.
Daga appears to be now making her way back to form and should be around at the finish. Graeme Hill, after his stunning victory in this year’s Coolmore Home Of Champions Stakes and Trophy over 1 800 metres, has had two lacklustre efforts but, all things considered, is improving and cannot be overlooked.
The others – Island Memories, Captain Sully, Sea Gypsy, Fusaichi Ridge and Charge It – seem overmatched and outclassed.
My Picks
Race 1: Roars
Race 2: Sixpenny Moon
Race 3: Uncle Jerry
Race 4: Byhookorbycreek
Race 5: Sweet Enough
Race 6: Shared Adventure
Race 7: Gorgeous
Race 8: Graeme Hill
Race 9: Vitality


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