COCA-COLA INVITATIONAL MILE: Houdini's Magic the choice

Friday, November 10, 2017

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The 2017 Burger King-sponsored Super Day will not only be highlighted by the Superstakes and the Caribbean Sprint Championship named in honour of renowned track coach Glen Mills, but will also be brightened by the presence of some top horses in the Invitational Mile.

The handicaps for this year's renewal of the Invitational Mile are headed by Houdini's Magic from the stables of title-chasing trainer Anthony Nunes.

The Supreme Racing Guide looks at the runners in the Invitational Mile and assesses their chances of winning the lion's share of the $1.35-million purse.

DWAYNE STAR — Running some good races of late and definitely deserves a place among these. The journey of a mile won't be a factor for Dwayne Star, and his rattle in the straight might have a telling outcome. A good horse who has not been given the credit he deserves, Dwayne Star will definitely be a factor in the Invitational Mile.

IAN LINKS – Has been rubbing shoulders with some of the best, but always spoils his chances of winning by leaving the starting gates late. To win this one Ian Links will have to be on his tiptoes.

AWESOME DESTINY–Won in a dramatic finish when defeating English-bred Kalamata on July 8 in Overnight Allowance, but since then Awesome Destiny has not kept pace, and that trend is going to continue. Note the visor is on.

PHINEAS – This 2015 Diamond Mile winner is getting up in age and currently performing below average. Phineas will be left behind in this one.

BLUE DIXIE - Does have some quality but winning the Mile is doubtful.

HOUDINI'S MAGIC – Has developed the style of going in front and making every post a winning one. Houdini's Magic was the winner of the Eros Trophy in Grade One company earlier this year, and did so rather easily. Despite the top weight, his fine form and preparation should ensure that Houdini's Magic is unsaddled in the winners' enclosure after this race. Remember, Houdini's Magic was a good third behind Seeking My Dream and Bigdaddykool in last year's Diamond Mile, and that alone indicates his ability to win this race. Very surprising choice of rider as Shane Ellis has not ridden for Anthony Nunes in many moons.

LUCKY STROKE – An improving three-year-old, but does not have the experience to match rivals at this time.

LOTTERY TICKET — Holding her own to some extent since coming to this level. Lottery Ticket ran a blinder in defeat in the recent Gold Cup over seven furlongs (1,400m) when finishing second behind Choo Choo Blue in a quick 1:23.4. She will relish the extra furlong (200m) and given her light impost in the handicaps, Lottery Ticket is a real live contender here.

BILINGUAL In top form at the moment with two outstanding wins over the distance: Bilingual won a Restricted Stakes race on September 30 in muddy conditions, defeating Western Warrior and stablemate Dontae by two lengths in 1:39.0. Then she returned on October 28 with a resounding victory in the Errol 'Big Sub' Subratie Memorial, a two-and-three-quarter-length win over Shining Light and Blue Dixie. Bilingual's time in her last win of 1:37.4 was a clear indication of a horse on the improve and with some talent. She is light, and she will be coming at them in the straight.

GOLD MINER - Reaching too far.




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