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There will be a massive ten race card
with two spotlight events when horse
racing continues at Santa Rosa Park,
Arima tomorrow, four days before the
actual 20th anniversary of the cen-
tralisation of the sport in Arima.
The Royal Colours Classic, the
first big race of the season for Trinida-
dian bred three-year-old, will be the main
attraction, but the day s activities will also
include the Top Of The Class Stakes.
The main bout, named after Royal Colours,
the locally bred superstar of the early 1980s, will be
the penultimate event and is billed to be contested
over a distance of 1,350 metres. This race will offer
Superfecta wagering and due to size of the field; 12
runners, punters should have a glorious chance of
winning the single winner bonus, which currently
stands at $114,366 and if it is not hit earlier in Races
1, 3, 5 ad 7, should be even higher in race 9.
Twelve locally bred three-year-olds have been
declared for this $150,000 contest, including new-
Maranza looks good in Royal Colours feature
comers RUSTONIC, HIGH OCTANE and
Spearheading the field is MARANZA,
who finished runner-up in her three
starts last year, including the Stud Farm
Association Breeders Stakes and the
Republic Mortgages St Ann s Stakes
The daughter of Maraahel turned in
her maiden certificate last time out when
she denied LUVDATCAT by a short-head
over Saturday s trip in the FCB Stud Farm
Association Trial Stakes on New Year s Day.
LUVDATCAT, who is not in this field, returned
to the track two weeks ago and prevailed by 8½
lengths, but the margin of victory could have easily
The biggest dangers to the Terrace Thomas trained
MARANZA are expected to be COUNTRY BOY and
After winning last year s first juvenile contest, the
Futurity Stakes by 12 lengths in early October, COUN-
TRY BOY really struggled in his other two starts for
Sharon Ferreira s inmate showed tremendous
improvement with blinkers on for the first time when
he tackled the older horses and finished second to
the consistent ZORRO in a 1,150 metres contest for
55-40 rated horses in his season bow three weeks
ago, however COUNTRY BOY has been allotted the
top weight of 57 kilos, four more than MARANZA
and seven more than MAXIMUS.
This son of Precise Sweep was beaten less than
a length into fourth by MARANZA on debut in the
Trial Stakes over Saturday s trip, but was caught late
and ended up second over 1,100 and 1,200 metres
in his other two starts.
The field also includes LEGACY OF HOPE, who
finished less than a length behind MAXIMUS in
third over 1,100 metres in his last outing and PRECISE
GOLD, who is expected to improve after placing
fourth in his only career start in that February 1
ROYAL EMPIRE was very disappointing last time
out on January 25, but he went down by just a length
on debut in the $75,000 Trial Stakes on New Year s
Day and deserves another chance.
The same could be said for MARKET RALLY, who
was burning up the track at gallops but flopped as
the odds-on favourite when MAXIMUS and LEGACY
OF HOPE were second and third, respectively, over
1,100 metres on February 1.
Champion trainer John O Brien will also be rep-
resented by RESURGENCE and HIGH OCTANE,
who has been working well and could be dangerous
right off the bat.
The Top Of The Class Stakes is the fifth event.
The most accomplished runner in the field of nine
West Indian bred four-year-old and over horses is
PRINCE ZESHAN, but the Jamaican bred who placed
third in the NLCB Easter Guineas (GR.IR) and NGC
CNG Trinidad Derby Stakes (GR.IR) and second in
the Carib Brewery Midsummer Classic (GR.IR) last
year, has never raced on the grass and would prefer
much further than 1,100 metres.
CHASE THE DRAGON, runner-up behind Repub-
lic Bank Gold Cup (GR.I) winner HEADLINE NEWS
when he made his inner track debut in the 1,800
metres Caribbean Turf Championship a month ago,
would also prefer a longer trip, but the runner-up
in last year s $500,000 Toyota Trinidad & Tobago
Breeders Classic (GR.IRT&T) had a very quick 600
metre gallop in 34:4 seconds on the surface on
Sunday and could be the one to beat anyway.
ISLAND STAR, also from the O Brien barn, could
be very dangerous six kilos lighter at 51.0KG as
Anthony Wight s six-year-old attempts to score for
a record tenth time on the lawn, and although she
is facing much tougher rivals than ever before,
ATLANTICA, a winner of her last two and four of
nine overall on the turf, has to be respected.
Post time is 11.30 am.
PRINCE ZESHAN....placed third in the NLCB Easter Guineas and NGC CNG Trinidad
Derby Stakes and second in the Carib Brewery Midsummer Classic last year.
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