A.P. Vincero one to watch
A.P. Vincero could register his second win in as many starts when he lines up in The Saint Valentine Handicap at the Garrison Savannah tomorrow, fourth day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season for 2013.
The Victor Cheeseman-trained four-year-old ran out a relatively easy winner in his last start on January 19. Ridden by Anderson Trotman in an 1,100 metres event for three-year-old and older horses, A.P. Vincero got home ahead of Purr Class and Vitality, which finished second and third respectively and both of which will be re-opposing in tomorrow’s event.
A.P. Vincero, who will be ridden by Trotman again tomorrow, has been handicapped to carry 112 pounds, and in this regard he will be receiving as much as 21 pounds from the top-weighted and dangerous Shared Adventure, in at 133 pounds.
Shared Adventure has won at tomorrow’s distance of 1,100 metres at least four times during the past year, and with this type of record he is definitely the horse to beat despite his top weight.
Purr Class has been a very consistent sort, and could be the fly in the ointment here. This Anderson Ward-trained six-year-old seems to suffer from “seconditis”, as she has finished second four times in her last seven starts.
She chased home Aristodemus over 1,570 metres on December 26 (Boxing Day), and finished second to Shared Adventure over tomorrow’s distance of 1,100 metres on December 8 and September 8, 2012 respectively.
Her last win was on July 21, 2012, when she finished ahead of Cavaichi and Kingdora in an 1,100 metres event.
Run Alke Run – one of three horses representing trainer Anderson Ward here, the other two being Vitality and Purr Class – should not be a serious threat to any of the main contenders. Run Alke Run finished sixth in the race won by A.P. Vincero on January 19, and his form prior to that has been nothing to shout about, although he came back and placed fourth to Slip Stream over 1,100 metres last race day.
Nine horses have been entered in the day’s other feature race, The Sweetheart Handicap for four-years-old and older animals going 1,570 metres.
Heading the list of animals here are Wild Fire, Run For Your Money, and Midnight Touch, all winners in their last start.
Run For Your Money won an 1,100 metres event on January 19, when he got home ahead of Between The Shieks, Byhookorbycrook, and Wild Fire.
Another horse to watch here is Capere, which is trained by Andrew Nunes and ridden by Trotman. Capere’s form has not been very good of late, but he looks like good eachway value and could turn up at rewarding odds.
The Victor Cheeseman-trained Zaltarr is another to take note of in this 1,570 metres event.††