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Prince Zeshan can take first jewel
Over the past 15 years, the first jewel of local racing’s Triple Crown has been controlled by two trainers, John O’Brien and Glenn Mendez. This year, it does not look much different with O’Brien saddling three of the eight runners in the field in the prestigious National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) Easter Guineas over 1,800 metres on the main track at Santa Rosa Park in Arima today.
I expect Prince Zeshan to land a “pot of gold” and take the main event.
Pre-race favourites for the first jewel of the local racing Triple Crown is the Flamingo Stakes winner, Pot of Gold, and the St James Stakes winner, Prince Zeshan, both from the powerful O’Brien stable.
O’Brien also saddles War of Words. Last year, the Shaffick Khan trained Unquestionable scored an upset victory, but this year it does not look like anyone can upset the applecart.
Last Wednesday O’Brien sent Pot of Gold (Emile Ramsammy) and Prince Zeshan (Nobel Abrego) to gallop in company over 1,000 metres. The duo recorded the superb time of 1:02 for the trip. Both jockeys were pleased with their charges.
Pot of Gold is unbeaten and has the scalp of Prince Zeshan after beating that rival on his seasonal debut. The distance of ground should hold no terror to Prince Zeshan and he should win and become Triple Crown bound. He looks fit and well yesterday morning when passing the vet.
War of Words will be running on, while the Harold Chadee owned and trained Run Ron is expected to go close.
I expect Abrego to land yet another big race but this one will be at the expense of Ramsammy aboard Pot of Gold which looked the part yesterday morning.
With total prize money of $315,000 up for grabs in this Grade One contest, I think O’Brien has the strongest hand in the event and can lead in another 1-2-3.
NLCB DAY AT THE RACES
R1: 11.30 AM - CASH POT BUS DE POT EVERY DAY 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 100-70- 1200M - $60,000
651 1 Black Genius J O’Brien/K Khelawan 50.5 Repeat
233 2 Slippery Sam D Mosca/N Patrick 53.5 Chance
76D 3 Rewardsinheaven C Roberts/R Hernandez 55 Returning
131 4 Intact E Miller/E Ramsammy 55.5 One to catch
364 5 El Bandido De Oro H Chadee/D Khelawan 57 Speedy
443 6 Officer Ike L Alexis/P Badrie 48.5 Well weighted
--- 7 Crime Of Passion J O’Brien/B Boodramsing 48.5 Debut
704 8 Blackstone Street M Maharaj/K Razack 48.5 No form
R2: 12.10 PM - DONSAI GAME FOR A LIME WI BRED 4 YO & OVER MAIDENS - 1100M (Turf) - $32,000
067 1 Le Cheraux Dansur R A Dube/L Lopez 49 Nothing yet
984 2 Royal Banker Dr J Suratsing/S Samuel 49 Chance
--4 3 Hidden Agenda L Alexis/R Jadoo 57 Scratched
588 4 Sixth Street M Maharaj/R Hasranah 50.5 Can surprise
023 5 Rest Assured C Roberts/R Hernandez 48.5 Ready
--- 6 Chelsi Magic C Roberts/N Flavenney 54.5 Debut
492 7 Casino Host L Alexis/R Ali 49 Can go close
399 8 Skyzim J Lyder/F Manrrique 54.5 In tough
257 9 Herald Angel H Gobin/K Khelawan 46.5 Speedy
958 10 Sparkling Silver H Chadee/K Razack 42.5 No form
-04 11 Champagne On Ice H Gobin/J Samuel 56.5 Respected
--- 12 Born To Run W Debysingh/P Badrie 54.5 Debut
R3: 12.50 PM - PICK 2 ALL IN A DAY’S PLAY 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 60-45-1600M (Turf) - $40,000
141 1 Settled K DeSilva Jr/W Galviz 52.5 Will go close
242 2 Actin Time C Roberts/K Balgobin 53 In tough
--8 3 Street Justice H Chadee/S Jadoo 55 Outsider
543 4 Island Star J O’Brien/P Husbands 55.5 Will be around
134 5 Enigmatic G Mohammed/P Badrie 53.5 Can take this
444 6 Oro De Cordoba J Leotaud/E Ramsammy 57 Speedy
231 7 Lookin At Lovely T Thomas/J Samuel 57 Repeat
713 8 Sam’s Selection S Ferreira/K Razack 52 Scratched
080 9 Malibu Heights R A Dube/N Abrego 55 No form
R4: 1.30 PM - PLAY WHE MAKE YOUR MARK TODAY 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 45-0 - 1100M (Turf) - $33,000
340 1 Nothing Left M Maharaj/R Hernandez 57 One to catch
685 2 Added Time M Maharaj/K Razack 52.5 Chance
222 3 Zipitup W Debysingh/P Badrie 51.5 Respected
900 4 Cordell Walker H Gobin/K Khelawan 57 Outside shot
127 5 Flight On Time M Maharaj/F Manrrique 57 Can take this
561 6 Martha L Alexis/R Ali 56.5 Repeat
233 7 Prados Wells E Miller/E Ramsammy 56 Chance
630 8 Dring Brinks G Villiers/L Lopez 57 No form
106 9 Danzig’s Day M Maharaj/N Vargas 49.5 Needs further
721 10 Satya Treasure T Thomas/J Samuel 56.5 Repeat
963 11 Bonnie H Chadee/W Galviz 54 Speedy
725 12 Riches Abound C Roberts/D Butcher 57 In tough
304 13 Star Diamond F DeFreitas/N Flavenney 57 Outsider
R5: 2.10 PM - SCRATCH MATCH AND WIN 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 70-55 - 1350M - $43,000
314 1 A Great Millennium M Carew Jnr/B Bood’sing 55 Speedy
532 2 Burst Of Energy D Mosca/N Patrick 52 Chance
734 3 Frankenstein D Mosca/P Badrie 53 Running on
756 4 Captive Witness JW-Samaroo/N Samaroo 53.5 Outsider
389 5 Believe It Or Not M Maharaj/R Ali 53 Can surprise
426 6 Becquerel R A Dube/K Khelawan 57 Don’t trust
111 7 Ramblin’ Rose G Mendez/R Jadoo 57 The winner
325 8 Caro’s Legacy K DeSilva Jr/E Ramsammy 54.5 Running on
655 9 Golden Flight M Maharaj/R Hernandez 54 Respected
242 10 Mambo Cat E Miller/S Rodrigo 54.5 Speedy
R6: 2.50 PM - VIA THE CONVENIENT WAY TO PLAY WI BRED 3 YO MAIDENS- 1200M - $43,000
939 1 Pearl Secret G Mendez/D Khelawan 52.5 Scratched
-55 2 Release D Beast D Mosca/F Manrrique 54.5 Respected
755 3 Big Profit S Khan/R Jadoo 50.5 In tough
-92 4 Cafe’s Marque D Mosca/J Samuel 57 Improving
--0 5 Dream Marshall H Chadee/W Galviz 57 On upgrade
33D 6 Hannah’s Champion R A Dube/N Abrego 52.5 In tough
--- 7 Monica Do Do J Mosca/K Jadoo 52.5 Debut
-77 8 Wise Decision Dr A Griffith/K Khelawan 52.5 Needs more
885 9 Something Black R A Dube/S Rodrigo 52.5 Speedy
866 10 Zorro J Mosca/D Butcher 54.5 Must improve
--- 11 Princess Zara D Ojar/D Khelawan 52.5 Debut
--2 12 Brash N Willing M Carew Jnr/E Ramsammy 52.5 One to beat
073 13 Atlantica J O’Brien/B Boodramsing 50.5 Chance
--0 14 Convoy D Bennett/C Jadoo 57 Must improve
600 15 Ramgalba E Miller/D Gopie 52.5 Nothing yet
-42 16 Galadriel JW-Samaroo/R Hasranah 52.5 Will go close
--- 17 Battle Bound JW-Samaroo/S Samuel 54.5 Newcomer
006 18 Advantage Them K DeFreitas/N Flavenney 49.5 No form
800 19 Big Red R A Dube/N Chadee 49.5 Nothing yet
R7: 3.30PM - NLCB CHAMPAGNE STAKES (GR.I) 3 YO & OVER HORSES- 1600M (Turf) - $150,000
216 1 Silverleo J O’Brien/E Ramsammy 56.5 Must improve
142 2 No Just Cause G Mohammed/K Balgobin 56.5 Outclassed
441 3 Nominee K DeSilva Jr/N Abrego 56.5 In tough
163 4 Just Call Me Roger G Mendez/W Galviz 56.5 The winner
541 5 Fly Junior M Maharaj/P Badrie 56.5 One to catch
165 6 Lang Amour D Ojar/J Samuel 56.5 Running on
215 7 Toro Rosso JW-Samaroo/R Hasranah 56.5 Can surprise
226 8 Joezel G Mendez/R Jadoo 56.5 Place shot
417 9 Mobthewarrior S Jardim/B Boodramsing 56.5 Will go close
R8: 4.10 PM - FIND YOUR FOUR PICK 4 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 55-40 - 1350M - $36,400
315 1 Classic Material J O’Brien/K Khelawan 56 Must go close
534 2 Super Sonic M Carew Jnr/J Samuel 54.5 Chance
296 3 Caipirinha M Glasgow/B Boodramsing 56 In tough
515 4 Red Howler C Roberts/D Butcher 51.5 Ready
773 5 Invictus M Carew Jnr/K Balgobin 54.5 Speedy
080 6 Alexander H Chadee/W Galviz 55.5 Can surprise
890 7 Private Marshall H Gobin/K Razack 53 No form
950 8 Consideritdone S Ferreira/D Khelawan 54.5 Little account
473 9 Lady Sage R A Dube/L Lopez 54.5 Speedy
458 10 Best Defence C Roberts/R Ali 50.5 In and out
221 11 Painted Buddha I Hay/R Hernandez 55.5 Repeat
352 12 Pacman L Alexis/N Abrego 57 Consistent
702 13 Charming Lass J O’Brien/P Husbands 57 Running on
--1 14 Chase The Dragon J O’Brien/E Ramsammy 56.5 One to beat
630 15 Fearghas T Thomas/J Samuel 52.5 In tough
007 16 Northern Hills R A Dube/S Rodrigo 54.5 Outside shot
R9: 4.50 PM - NLCB EASTER GUINEAS (GR.I R) WI BRED 3 YO-1800M - $315,000
316 1 Afterthebooks D Bennett/K Balgobin 56.5 Outside shot
114 2 Prince Zeshan J O’Brien/N Abrego 56.5 One to beat
--3 3 Readyfortheroad D Mosca/P Badrie 56.5 Can surprise
678 4 Black Pepper G Mohammed/D Khelawan 54.5 No form
336 5 Heidi’s Tzippi R A Dube/R Jadoo 54.5 Must improve
223 6 War Of Words J O’Brien/P Husbands 56.5 Must go close
-11 7 Pot Of Gold J O’Brien/E Ramsammy 56.5 Come catch me
421 8 Run Ron H Chadee/W Galviz 56.5 Ready
R10: 5.30 PM - WINNERS ALWAYS PLAY LOTTO PLUS 3 YO & OVER HORSES RATED 40-0- 1350M - $32,000
931 1 Young Dinaro J Rampersad/N Flavenney 54.5 Repeat
367 2 First Emperor R A Dube/S Rodrigo 55.5 Outside shot
642 3 Diamond Queen D Bennett/R Hernandez 57 Chance
031 4 Little Otis M Maharaj/F Manrrique 54.5 Repeat
613 5 The Conqueror M Maharaj/P Badrie 50 Respected
761 6 Rosie Dream E Miller/R Ali 56 In tough
051 7 On My Own R A Dube/D Butcher 52.5 Good last
934 8 Prado’s Princess H Gobin/N Abrego 56.5 Can surprise
011 9 Unbridled Way L Alexis/D Khelawan 55 Scratched
897 10 Renewed Dream R A Dube/K Razack 49.5 Must improve
659 11 Glittering Gold H Chadee/C Jadoo 57 No form
931 12 Thisisit S Khan/J Samuel 57 Running on
123 13 The Problem Solver Dr J Suratsingh/E Ramsammy 54 Chance
809 14 Angelica Jane H Chadee/W Galviz 52 Running on
974 15 Unguarded Moment J Mosca/N Patrick 54.5 No form
564 16 Mambo Lady L Alexis/D Gopie 52 Speedy
753 17 Bird King K DeFreitas/B Bood’sing 47 Scratched
636 18 Slip Away M Glasgow/S Samuel 57 Scratched
Best Bet ( R8) Charming Lass
R1: Black Genius, Intact, Slipper’s Sam.
R2: Casino Host, Rest Assured, Herald Angel, Royal Banker.
R3: Settled, Actin Time, Ore De Cordoba.
R4: Prado’s Wells, Flight On Time, Zipitup, Riches Abound.
R5: Caro’s Legacy, Ramblin Rose, Burst Of Energy.
R6: Atlantica, Galadriel, Pearl Secret, Brash N’ Willing.
R7: Just Call Me Roger, Silverleo, Fly Junior.
R8: Charming Lass, Painted Buddha, Pacman, Chase The Dragon.
R9: Prince Zeshan, War Of Words, Pot Of Gold.
R10: Thisisit, The Problem Solver, Prado’s Princess, Unbridled Way.
Best Bet (R10) Clittering Gold
R1: Slippery Sam, Intact, El Bandido de Oro, Officer Ike
R2: Rest Assured, Hidden Agenda, Herald Angel, Champagne on Ice, Skyzim
R3: Malibu Heights, Island Star, Settled, Enigmatic
R4: Star Diamond, Prados Well, BonnieRiches, Abound
R5: Golden Flight, Believe it or not, A Great Millennium, Burst of Energy
R6: Brash N Willing, Monica Do Do, Something Black, Zorro, Wise Decision
R7: Lang Amour, Just call me Roger, Nominee, Silverleo
R8: Caipirinha, Lady Sage, Best Defence, Pacman, Super Sonic
R9: War of Words, Run Ron, Pot of Gold, Prince Zeshan
R10: Glittering Gold, The Problem Solver, Little Otis, Diamond Queen, First Emperor
Best Bet (R10) The Problem Solver
R1: Intact, Slippery Sam, Crime of Passion, Officer Ike
R2: Hidden Agenda, Rest Assured, Casino Host, Royal Banker, Chelsi Magic
R3: Settled, Actin Time, Oro de Cordoba, Lookin at Lovely
R4: Zipitup, Bonnie, Prado’s Well, Star Diamond
R5: Ramblin Rose, Burst of Energy, Caro’s Legacy, Mambo Cat
R6: Brash N Willing, Galadriel, Café’s Marque, Convoy, Zorro
R7: Just call me Roger, Mobthewarrior, Joezel, Silverleo
R8: Chase the Dragon, Pacman, Charming Lass, Painted Buddha, Consideritdone
R9: Prince Zeshan, War of Words, Pot of Gold, Run Ron
R10: The Problem Solver, Prado’s Princess, Unbridled Way, Little Otis, First Emperor
Best Bet (R5) Ramblin Rose
R1: Crime of Passion, Intact, Slippery Sam
R2: Sixth Street, herald’s Angel, Sparkling Silver, Skyzim
R3: Island Star, Enigmatic, Lookin At Lovely
R4: Zipitup, Nothing Left, Added Time, Prados Well, Satya Treasure
R5: Ramblin Rose, Caro’s Legacy, Burst of Energy, Becquerel
R6: Galadriel, Brash N Willing, Atlantica, Release D Beast, Hannah’s Champion
R7: Just Call Me Roger, Mobthewarrior, Fly Junior
R8: Chase The Dragon, Charming Lass, Alexander, Classic Material
R9: Prince Zeshan, Pot Of God,War Of Words, Run Rn
R10: Thisisit, Prados Princess, Angelica Jane, Fist Emperor, Mambo Lady
Best Bet (R6) Atlantica
R1: Crime of Passion, Officer Ike, Black Genius
R2: Sparkling Silver, Herald’s Angel, Le Chaureux Dansur, Royal Banker
R3: Island Star, Enigmatic, Lookin At Lovely, Settled
R4: Added Tim, Satya Treasure, Bonnie, Riches Abound, Star Diamond
R5: Burst of Energy, Ramblin Rose, Captive Witness, Golden Flight
R6: Atlantica, Brash N Willing, Something Black, Cafe’s Marquee, Galadriel
R7: Just Call Me Roger, Silver Leo, Toro Rosso Mobthewarrior
R8: Fearghas, Chase The Dragon, Invitus, Alexander, Best Defence
R9: Prince Zeshan, Readyfortheroad, War Of Words, Run Rn
R10: Prados Princess, On My Own, Diamond Queen, The Problem Solver, Little Otis.
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