Thursday, February 22, 2018

Momentum the one to beat, says Chadee

MOMENTUM, the only runner in Friday’s nine-runner 1,900-metre Carib Brewery Midsummer Classic on course for Triple Crown glory, having won the first leg, the 1,800-metre NLCB Easter Guineas, is the one to beat, according to most trainers.

Trainer Harold Chadee has Jamaica-breds Cramers Rule, unbeaten in two starts in Trinidad, and Eye See You, entered for Friday. He shared his opinion with the Express.

“My horses going fairly okay,” Chadee said. “The class horses will beat them—and they are Momentum, Justcallmebas, and Soca Rhapsody. Who(ever) beat them win. I think the race will run Momentum, Soca Rhapsody and Justcallmebas.”

Last Saturday, Chadee’s two cherges, Cramers Rule, with Nicholas Patrick aboard, and Eye See You, with Ricky Jadoo, breezed over 1,000 metres in the second-fastest time of 1:00.74, from ten workouts over that trip. Eye See You was the stronger of the pair, with both horses ridden out to the wire.

Meanwhile, Momentum breezed over the same trip, in a fractionally slower 1:01.74 by himself with regular rider Brian Boodramsingh up. However, Momentum was not all out and he was strong in the gallop out.

Soca Rhapsody was the first among the Midsummer Classic runners to work Saturday morning, as trainers took advantage of a well prepared surface. Bigman Bas, also in the Midsummer Classic line up, covered the same trip with Ricky Jadoo aboard in a much slower 1:05.74, and had to worked on up the homestretch.

The fastest workout time for that trip came from Carib Beer Santa Rosa Dash runner, King Whistler, who drilled in a bullet 59.94 seconds, working in company with stablemates Slewjero and Harry Could Dance, strung out behind from a long way out.

Switching to the 1,200-metre Carib Beer Santa Rosa Dash in which Chadee has King Whistler entered. He said: “I enter King Whistler by mistake. I am hearing that Crime Of Passion is under a cloud. Coroneo has a little problem also, but those two horses are still the horses to beat, along with Bigman In Town.”

Here are Saturday’s recorded workouts:

600 metres--Sacred Trust 34.90 good; Bigman In Town 34.82 good; Waka Waka 42.66 pacing; Desert Gold 43.68 pacing; Market Rally 44.20 pacing; Against The Odds 43.28 pacing; Headline News 36.99 good; Song Of Class 40.99 handily; Signal Alert 44.73 pacing; Goliath’s Boy 44.79 pacing; The Cheerleader, Royal Empire and Ex-Savoy Special 39.31 handily; Enzo 41.53 pacing; Always Ready 37.03 handily; Queen Esther 37.91 handily; Mawiyya and Strike Gold 37.46 handily; Gold Is Class 36.19 good; Lady Marisa 40.93 handily; Glorious Country 44.04 pacing; Paidinfull 36.19 good; Black Genius and Our Kashmir 36.03 easy; Freedom Fighter 38.22 handily; Thisonesforron 34.31 good; Vanderbook 44.91 pacing; Intact 44.07 pacing.

800 metres--King Of The Road 49.88 good; Captive Witness 50.65 handily; Fire Light 58.35 pacing; Iconic 53.87 handily; Darussalam 55.53 pacing; Hyat Princes and Central Square 49.09 good; Perfect Day 49.09 good; Canfield Casino Onfortheroad 49.00 good; Riches Abound 57.64 pacing; Pistons And Rings and Justcallmebas 49.19 good; Kidz Ro better than High Octane 49.19; Maximus 50.31 handily; Coconeo 47.05 good.

1,000 metres--King Whistler 59.94 good; Slewjero 1:01.50 handily; Harry Could Dance 1:02.45 handily; Soca Rhapsody 1:02.62 handily; Amritsar 1:14.90 pacing; Star Entertainer 1:03.34 handily; Eye See You better than Cramers Rule 1:00.74; Momentum 1:01.59 easy; A Great Moment 1:04.91 handily.