STRANGER DANGER AND AMERICAN INVADER RENEWS BATTLE IN DYE JOB SPRINTDecember 8, 2018 8:30 am
Saturday’s 11-race programme will feature the Dye Job Sprint-Restricted Stakes for Native-Bred and Imported two-year-olds over 1200 metres (6 furlongs) for a purse of $980,000, along with the $900,000 Native Bred two-year-old Maiden Special Weight, Andrew H B Aguilar Memorial Cup over 1600 metres (8 furlongs).
In the Dye Job Sprint which has attracted eight entrants, trainer Wayne DaCosta hold a very strong hand with five runners and will see the importees Stranger Danger and American Invader coming face to face for the second time.
The bay gelding Stranger Danger, the joint (1-2) favourite with jockey Orlando Foster aboard, came out on top on their first encounter when releasing his maiden tag in the Princes Popstar Trophy event over 1100 metres (5 1/2 furlongs) on October 20 with a narrow head victory. He continues to move sharply on the exercise track and with the leading rider Anthony Thomas doing the duties and allowing 4-kilos, he could make this two from two.
The Carlton Watson filly American Invader, proved no match for Stranger Danger in the closing stages when seeking to score back-to back victories. Lost no marks in defeat then, has looked really sharp on the exercise track since, and with Omar Walker again the saddle along with Lasix (medication) for the first time, she must be given a glorious chance to turn the tables here.
Another importee in the line-up is Shackleville (ch c Shackleford – Harpsichord) off-spring from the stables of Fitznahum Williams, will be making his debut on local soil here, has Robert Halledeen in the saddle and he could make his presence felt.
The local contingent consists of maiden Don Julio with Phillip Parchment, debutante Time For A Kola (b c Natural Selection – Just A Flutter) with Javaneil Patterson, Riddim Up (Jerome Innis) who released the maiden tag last time out over 1400 metres (7 furlongs), all trained by Wayne DaCosta.
2018 leading trainer Anthony Nunes has two runners in Juice Man, who has won once from three starts, with the bustling Dane Nelson in the saddle and will surely attempt to topple rivals, along with Universal Boss who justified the (2-5) favouritism tag in his only outing to date in the Stewards Cup over the 1000 metres round course. Stables governor and title chasing jockey Dick Cardenas will again be aboard and he must be given a good chance to add the major slice of the purse to his trainer’s bankroll.
The Andrew H B Aguilar Memorial Cup has attracted 12 starters. Trainer Anthony Nunes will be represented by three runners as he seeks to maintain his lead in the trainers championship battle. Matriarch (Dick Cardenas), Envisaged (Raddesh Roman) and Supreme Soul (ch c Soul Warrior – Beware Baby) with Shane Ellis making his debut. El Gringo (Omar Walker) will be Wayne DaCosta’s lone fighter.
The rest of the field are Devine Lexie (Anthony Thomas) for trainer Johnny Wilmot), Nuclear Proud (Dane Dawkins) trained by Gordon Lewis, Cairo (Phillip Parchment) from the barn of Lincoln Lungs, What’s Your Story (Jerome Innis) for trainer Raymond Townsend, Out On A Limb with apprentice Shane Richardson for Wayne Parchment, Duke (Dane Nelson) from the camp of Richard Azan, Fighting Valbee (Prince Holder) for trainer Michael Marlowe, and King Tavari (Tevin Foster) trained by Alford Brown.