TODAY’S running of the 1,100-metre First Citizens Sian’s Gold Sprint will be a closed case for Stewards Cup winner Crime Of Passion if it is run on the main track and not the turf course at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
Trainer Harold Chadee – who has three runners in the nine-horse, $150,000 race, the feature event on the ten-race holiday card – and Jose William-Samaroo, who saddles defending champion Sacred Trust, strongly believe it will be a no-contest coming up against Crime Of Passion and Signal Alert after Crime Of Passion’s runaway success in the Stewards Cup from Signal Alert on December 7.
Yesterday both trainers shared their views on the possible outcome of the race, and their horses’ chance.
“It depends on the turf, if we get the turf, my three horses will run good,” Chadee declared. “Sacred Trust is the horse to beat. If the race comes off the turf, Crime of Passion will be hard to beat on the main track.”
“The class horse on the turf is Sacred Trust,” he advised. “I hear a talk about Fly Junior in the paddock. My three horses, Indian Medicine, Secret American, and Harry Could Dance based on their ratings are mediocre horses. Basically class horses win these races.”
“Indian Medicine is a decent turf horse. My horses have a reasonable chance, but whoever beat Sacred Trust would win the race,” Chadee ended, while extending best wishes for the new racing season.
Samaroo added: “This race is much tougher if it is run on the main track. Crime Of Passion and Signal Alert will be tough to beat.”
“So far they still running on the turf; I understand it is firm. The heavens will have to open up in a big way for them to take it off the turf. Let’s hope it stay on the turf.
“Sacred Trust seems to be staying on now in her races, as she is getting older,” Samaroo pointed out. “If Signal Alert comes out the race, the weights will go up by 1.5 kilos, and she will have a much better on the turf. I fancy her on the turf.”
“Indian Medicine, she is in good form, and is a turf jumbie. She looked very well this morning passing the veterinary inspection,” Samaroo noted. “The race is not as tough if it remains on the turf, but if it comes off the turf it comes down to the two big horses (Crime Of Passion and Signal Alert) from the Stewards Cup.”
Last year Secret American finished second to Sacred Trust, and his stablemate Indian Medicine is considered far superior on the turf, suggesting that Indian Medicine, with her light impost, will be the horse to beat on the turf.
And the much-anticipated clash between leading juvenile importations Carbon Fiber and Holy Man will not materialise, as Carbon Fiber has been scratched from the $150,000 First Citizens First Sprint First Sprint over 1,200 metres.
It will be turned into a procession by unbeaten colt, Holy Man, who has impressed in both his career starts. He will be sent off at very prohibited odds, but losing is not in the equation.
Post time for the New Year’s Day opener is 11 a.m.