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Champion trainer Glenn Mendez can strike today with his double sprint champion Control Unit in today’s feature Grade Three Stewards Cup over 1,200 metres on the main track at Santa Rosa Park in Arima.
Mendez can write his name into the annal of local racing history by winning the Sprint Championship title with Control Unit for a third successive occasion. The SIR Stables owned five-year-old has been campaigned with this race in mind and his shrewd handler can land another massive training feat.
The Baskaran Bassawh owned champion Bigman In Town will take on the two-time sprint champion Control Unit in the feature and the thrice “Horse of The Year” Bigman In Town will have the experienced Nobel Abrego in the saddle after a ten-week break from racing. The last time that the duo met, Bigman In Town was impressive in victory when beating Control Unit by 1 3/4 lengths in the time of 1:11.2.
Bigman In Town has been picking back up at gallops but is now seven years old and could be vulnerable in this event if not back to his best.
Control Unit has been aimed at this event and never seems to run a bad race in the Stewards Cup.
The Sprint King will have Wilmer Galviz in the plate and could prove very difficult to peg back.
Stablemate Whisper Light has shown great form over further and coming down in distance could hand the initiative to the ‘Speedball’ Control Unit.
Last year’s “Horse of the Year”, Thisonesforron, has been galloping superbly in preparation for his Stewards Cup/Gold Cup double which he missed out on last season.
He has been prepared with this in mind and Kerron Khelawan will ensure that anyone who wins knows that they are in a race.
In the co-feature SFA National Stakes over 1,800m, looks set for the Mendez trained Dark Treasure. This Dhanpaul Sookoo trained six-year-old horse is classy when on sound and could be difficult to peg back with Galviz in the plate. He could have most to fear from Lord Silver and stablemates Saragon and Hurricane Harry.
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