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With most of the Classics com-
pleted, attention switches to the
Trinidad Derby on September 24.
A glance at the 23 nominees
shows Luger, Manu Mahal, Morn-
ing Calm, Root of Jesse and U.S.
Marshall, all maidens---will have to
perform a miracle to figure in the
There are also five unknowns,
mostly from overseas. These are
the first and second from the Bar-
bados Derby, Poetic License and
Donicodidit and a Jamaican con-
tingent comprising Alacrann, Gypsy
Flash and Kronus.
Gypsy Flash is unknown since
she may even be unraced. Of the
other four, the Barbados contingent
must have received some hope from
the decent fifth place performance
of last year s Barbados Derby win-
ner, Voldemort, in the Trinidad
Derby but overall, the chances of
turf runners when switched to the
sand track for their first race can
always be devalued.
The two runners from Jamaica,
who competed in their various
Classics, did so unsuccessfully and
were largely disappointing while
flashing some ability.
The Trinidad crop of three-year
olds are not spectacular and that
must provide some hope for con-
nections but none of the five would
put fear into the heart of any of
the locally based contenders.
The next group Criminal Intent,
Bergeron Boy, Hail the Chief and
Serengeti have shown ability but
prefer much shorter distances. The
Midsummer Classic winner, Crim-
inal Intent, was able to steal that
event after setting the slowest frac-
tions maybe in its history; Bergeron
Boy looked a non-stayer in Breeders
Classic even allowing for a slipped
saddle; Hail the Chief was second
in a slowly run Easter Guineas and
has since looked a complete non-
stayer; and Serengeti has not been
at her best of late but prior to that
had looked as though sprinting
would be her forte.
Cloud Nine, Hurricane Harry,
Legal Advisor, Risky Trial and Royal
Pioneer have all shown ability and
prefer longer distances but may not
have the class. Cloud Nine was sec-
ond in Midsummer Classic but that
race was a farce. She has shown
prowess over distances of ground
Hurricane Harry won his maiden
over 1750 metres in a very good
time and was not seen at his best
in the Breeders Stakes following a
setback. Legal Advisor has not been
seen since his good third place fin-
ish in the Midsummer Classic and
that is a far from ideal preparation.
Risky Trial has won twice over 1750
metres but not outside of 60 to 45
company and on his recent poor
sixth behind Charismatic Groom,
would appear to need sloppy con-
ditions to have any chance.
Royal Pioneer is gradually getting
back to the level of form that saw
him finish second in the St. James
Stakes but he is winless in 2015.
Each of these have a chance.
The final group Charismatic
Groom, Man to Come, Star Sap-
phire and War Maker are really the
contenders. Charismatic Groom is
finding his way after a setback that
kept him off the track between
December 2014 and July 2015.
He had two solid races since his
return, finishing second to Man to
Come in the Breeders Stakes on
his second run.
While he was well beaten that
day, he can only improve and he
could be anything.
His last win over 1750 metres
was slow but he is improving and
could be dangerous especially if
Nobel Abrego rides.
Man to Come has usurped War
Maker as the best three-year old
to date. His last three starts over
a distance of ground, has seen this
son of Derby runner up Latonia
really excel. He was particularly
impressive in the Breeders Stakes
when running right away from his
competitors. He is the horse to beat
without a doubt.
Star Sapphire also trained by
Glenn Mendez is on the comeback
trail but she was breath-taking in
her first start back over 1350 metres.
It isn t obvious that she will stretch
her speed out and so her next start
in particular will be very inform-
Finally, there is War Maker. The
champion two-year-old colt of
2014, he has underwhelmed in 2015
both in victory and in defeat. In
his two classic starts, the Guineas
and the Midsummer Classic, he
ran similar sort of races looking
very one paced.
He still managed to win the worst
Guineas on record narrowly from
a non-staying stable companion,
Hail the Chief but was unable to
get past another non-staying stable
companion Criminal Intent in the
Midsummer, even being relegated
to fourth close home.
His subsequent start against
horses rated 70 to 55 was not much
better as he was off the board for
the first time in his career. He is
a big strapping colt and he could
still be filling out his frame.
While this will not be one of the
best Derbies, it is likely to be one
of the most competitive. Last year,
the Derby was viewed as a two-
horse race with few of the others
given any chance against the top
This year, the situation is likely
to be much different. With the
exception of the first group of
maidens, connections of most of
the other contenders will believe
that their horses have some sort of
chance. A very interesting race is
Derby---an open affair on Sept 24
Andre E Baptiste
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