Perfect opportunity for Drummer Boy to get things right

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Another race which is worthy of consideration for observation on tomorrow's 10-race programme is the high-optional claiming ($850,000-$750,000) event involving a number of starters with good chances of winning.

The race is for three-year-olds and upward racing for a tag that includes native-bred three-year-olds and upward non-winners of four, going over seven furlongs (1,400m).

The Supreme Racing Guide shares with readers an in-depth analysis on the chances of the eight runners entered to contest this one, in their respective starting positions.

BAND OF GOLD: (4-y-o, dkb f – Adore The Gold Formal Jackie) — Before analysis has not developed at all after promising so much, especially in the early part of her career. Tomorrow's race forms a part of Band of Gold's long and rugged quest to once again find her form, and as such cannot be recommended as one, she can win.

ELAL: (4-y-o, b g – Silent ValorKam To The World) — Finally found the winners' enclosure on last over a mile (1,600m) on January, 5 but repeating here is not on the cards mainly because that victory came at the four-year-old non-winners of two level. Now, Elal races against much tougher opposition and is going to be hard-pressed to even hit the board.

URBAN PRINCIPAL: (6-y-o, b g – Urban KingLady Argyll) — Raced against Overnight Allowance horses on last when finishing seventh over seven lengths behind the winner Bimini going five furlongs round. Urban Principal now races with the blinkers off but even this change of equipment is not going to help his chances against these as he is going to be hard pressed throughout.

DANOS LA PAZ: (8-y-o, ch h – War MarshallLady Rakwalaay) — Won on a $450,000-$400,000 claiming spread last year and now, stepping so far up the claiming ladder should prove very difficult for Danos La Paz to win this high-claiming event. Then again this is racing and anything can happen during an race. Even with that being said, Danos La Paz is not given a chance to win this one.

BRAVE PROSPECT (7-y-o, dkb h – Seeking The Glory Good Prospect) — A champion in the claiming ranks who is quite capable on his day. However, for Brave Prospect this is a major step on the ladder and, as a result, it is not likely that in this one tomorrow he is going to trouble the fancied runners, but then again one can never know. Let's wait and see.

SOY EL SENOR: (6-y-o, gr h – He'stherealthingJose Parsan) — Has seemingly gone off the boil in recent times and it is extremely difficult predicting Soy El Senor winning here. Soy El Senor finished eighth — just over six lengths behind Birdie My Love, Drummer Boy and Zephyr — and now has 11 more pounds in his back, while Drummer Boy has slipped one pound in weight. Based purely on these handicaps, Soy El Senor does not stand a chance against Drummer Boy.

REIGNING KING: (4-y-o, ch c – Miracle Man Quickster) — Went down fighting on last when finishing second by 3 lengths to My Super Girl in the War Zone Sprint over 5 furlongs (1,100m) on December 15, 2018. Will enjoy this extended trip even more and, given his class, Reigning King is expected to run well again. Reigning King is once again reunited with in form jockey Dane Nelson, and the choice of riders can be the difference between winning and losing tomorrow. Do not take the chances of Reigning King lightly as he is now well rested and is primed for a really good effort.

DRUMMER BOY: (4-y-o, b c – Natural SelectionPreach Preacher) — Drummer Boy has been racing quite a bit since the start of the 2019 season. He now has three good runs under his girth and should be cherry-ripe to get off the mark as a four-year-old. Drummer Boy was favoured to win all three races he started in 2019 but has come up short on all occasions, as he seems to be one of those horses who always finds one better. Yet, there is no doubt that Drummer Boy is the class horse in the race and he now gets the perfect opportunity to add to his earnings which now stands at just over $4 million. It is extremely difficult opposing Drummer Boy in this high-claiming event but anything can happen. Drummer Boy is the overwhelming favourite to take this one home.

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