Sport

Excitement brewing for Royal Dad/Ahwhofah trophies

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS
Observer writer

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Two outstanding racing thoroughbreds at Caymanas Park, Royal Dad and Ahwhofah, will have trophies with their names highlighting races on the 10-race card at Caymanas Park today.

Both were legends in their own time, with Royal Dad being the first horse to win the Triple Crown at Caymanas Park and Ahwhofah gaining fame on the track and now off as a broodmare — being the dam of this year's Triple Crown heroine, She's A Maneater.

However, it is the Ahwhofah Trophy that takes centre stage among Overnight Allowance company, with the Royal Dad Trophy highlighting the first half of the card in a non-winners of three contest.

Both races are competitive and contested over sprint distances with the Royal Dad, as was expected, being contested over the longer sprint trip, while the Ahwhofah will go 1,200 metres.

The Ahwhofah Trophy, a race for three-year-olds and upward and a field of 10, will go the distance for the major share of the purse of $1,000,000. The Gary Subratie-trained Simply The Best looks like she could maintain her recent good form over a distance that she thoroughly enjoys, while stepping up in class with winning rider Paul Francis remaining in the irons.

Dancing Queen could probably turn her indifferent form around under Wesley Henry, with her cheek pieces and tongue tie removed.

A race such as this though, looks cherry ripe for old stager Traditional Prince who, at nine years old, showed on last that he has a few volley of shots still to fire and with Shane Ellis called upon to navigate the bay gelded son of Traditional, he could return to the winner's enclosure after many moons.

Another oldster who should not be taken lightly is the eight-year-old Timeforarms. This tough as nails gelded son of Twilight Time/ Armsofanangel, part-owned and trained by Fitzroy Glispie, likes it bit longer. However, he also has good speed to challenge at this level and with only a feather of 50.0kg to tote and the in form claiming apprentice Anthony Thomas in the tack, he is also in with a chance to dispute for the major share of the pie.

Dick Cardenas has stepped down from both Traditional Prince and Dancing Queen to climb aboard Siempre Bueno, the form horse in the field, trained by Anthony Nunes. This five-year-old chestnut son of La Reina has been showing his best form over the straight course of late and if the victory by Patriarch in the two-year-old race is anything to go by, then Siempre Bueno is here a lively shot and should not be discounted.

The Royal Dad going 1,820 metres for a similar purse of $1,000,000 is a knotty-looking affair, with a number of runners in with decent chances of taking the event in a field that includes Kalamata, Dontae, Western Warrior, Subbie and Night Light. Kalamata, the English-bred son of Sir Percy, after three runs on local soil is yet to open his winning account.

Nonetheless, his best attempt was over today's journey and he has worked well for trainer Fitznahum Williams for the repeat run. And with Robert Halledeen called to the saddle, even with top weight of 54.0kg, Kalamata should now put his best foot forward.

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