Friday, April 12, 2024

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AYSHA SYNDICATE’S four-year-old speed queen Iamsogroovy will look to add today’s feature Radcliffe Hewitt Memorial Handicap to her résumé at the Garrison Savannah.
The Stephen Bynoe-trained filly has been in phenomenal form, winning three of her last five starts.
Today’s race, which is for three-year-old and older horses rated 67-90 over 1 100 metres, will see her return to her favourite distance. She last triumphed in the Country Club Trophy Handicap for horses rated 75-95 over 1 570 metres.
Before that she had defeated horses rated 57-80 over 1 100 metres in a field that included Nomoreginrog and Golden Moment. She is currently at the top of her game and should claim a repeat victory.
Run Alke Run has not returned to the winner’s enclosure since he last defeated horses rated 70-95 over nine months ago. One has to respect the fact that he has encountered the equine speed missile Shared Adventure, winner of the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint.
He also found himself lining up alongside top new sensation and Gold Cup winner Aristodemus in his most recent efforts. On this trip he should relish the softer company, and the inside berth is guaranteed to help his chances.
Golden Moment pulled off a good victory last start against horses rated 47-70 in the L’Acajou Restaurant Trophy Handicap at today’s distance. She is now 15 pounds better off for the step up in class but should give another honest effort.
Charge It has found a new lease on life, having recorded a win and second-place finish in his last three starts. Unfortunately fourth is the best he could muster against stable mate Iamsogroovy in their last meeting. It is hard to envision a change in results for this duo.
Peaceful Envoy was also a victim of the last Iamsogroovy victory, indicating he has little or no chance of winning.
Nomoreginrog is fresh from competing in the Spa Sprint Stakes and Trophy where he was out of his league. Prior to that, he displayed some signs of returning to form.
He should favour this group and could have a say in the final outcome.
Rock Forever found herself in the unusual position of struggling to catch up to the field in her Spa Sprint Stakes last effort. On paper this crowd is much lighter but could still prove beyond her at this stage.
Janaki, like all the top-class sprinters in the island, has suffered from the Shared Adventure syndrome for which there is presently no cure.
She should, however, be in the money, having won in this company before.
My Picks
Race 1: Set Sail
Race 2: Shared Decision
Race 3: Vandross
Race 4: Indian Soul
Race 5: Rickoshey
Race 6: Stratford’s Lad
Race 7: Iamsogroovy
Race 8: Rahy’s Promise


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