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Monday, December 09, 2013
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Chain holds the key in ARC feature
Key Chain will attempt to get back on the winning path when racing continues tomorrow at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
Feature attraction on the eight-race card will be the curtain event of the 30th round of the Arima Race Club’s 2013 season.
Key Chain is the only three-year-old and member of the “fairer sex” involved in the main bout, a 1,300 metres contest for horses rated 80-50. It promises to be a very competitive event as, with the possible exception of Star Tiger any number can play at 5.25 pm.
After scoring twice in January, including the FCB First Sprint (GR.IIR) on New Year’s Day, Key Chain missed five months because of injury and has not been able to recapture her best form in her two starts, however, despite going down as the odds-on favourite last time out, the Stephan Narinesingh owned American-bred was only beaten by 4¼ lengths into fourth over 1,100 metres and might not be too far away from getting back to her best.
Key Chain had gone under by 11 lengths when she had returned from her layoff three weeks earlier and we will see how much she has improved since she last faced the starter six weeks ago.
The Terrance Thomas-trained daughter of Keyed Entry has not been as far as 1,300 metres, but had been declared to race in the Bernard Dulal-Whiteway Independence Cup (GR.I) last Saturday and was scratched when the 1,800 metres contest for the top class horses was switched to the main course because of a waterlogged turf track.
Lang Amour, who was also scratched from the BDW Independence Cup (GR.I), definitely prefers a longer trip, but David Ojar’s American-bred five-year-old could still be one of the principals as he did win a race very easily over 1,350 metres on New Year’s Day and is dropping in class.
Loan Shark, the third-placed finisher in the 2011 NLCB Easter Guineas (GR.IR), is also dropping in class and, although he is really versatile, this is probably his best trip and Douglas Bennett’s consistent Jamaican-bred five-year-old should have a good chance to score for the second time this season.
After being an underachiever for the last two seasons, Wild Shuffle has finally come good this year and he has finished in the top three in six of his last seven starts. The American-bred five-year-old, who like Key Chain is trained by Terrance Thomas, finished strongly to be second over this very trip in a higher class (100-70) last
Saturday and has to be serious contender here.
Unquestionable finished over five lengths adrift of Wild Shuffle in fourth place seven days ago at level weights, but will be three kilos heavier this time. Still, last year’s NLCB Easter Guineas (GR.IR) winner should not be counted out as he gave Wild Shuffle two kilos and only finished a head behind when they were first and second in their previous meeting at the end of June.
Quick City was two lengths behind Unquestionable in that 1,250 metres contest in receipt of three kilos and the American-bred six-year-old has to be respected as he will be getting 4.5 kilos this time.
Away Johannesburg has the ability to sprint and stay on both turf and dirt and has really improved in the last few months, however the American-bred four-year-old may find it tough with the burden of 56.5 kilos in this field.
Officer Ike finished off the board in his last two, but could get back there as he will be racing with about 53 kilos and although Becquerel is stepping up in class, he has three seconds and a win in four of his last five starts and could find a place for the eighth time in his last nine starts.
Star Tiger has run just twice in over a year and finished in front of just one horse, but Farad, who was far from disgraced in both his races last month after being out of action for over four months, has to be respected.
There were no winners of the HI-5 wager in the final event of the Independence Day holiday card last Saturday and as a result $39,567.60 has been carried over into the pool of the first HI-5 betting race on Saturday.
Post time for the first race is 1 pm.
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