Close run expected
All eyes on unbeaten Chestnut infrared
The Raizman brothers-owned Infrared, seeks his fourth straight win of the year to keep his unbeaten streak for 2016 intact, in the St Ann’s Garrison Handicap going nine furlongs When racing continues tomorrow at the Garrison Savannah.
The chestnut son of USA stallion Discreetly Mine and mare Heat Street, started his hat-trick of wins for the year on the January 30 Coolmore Home Of Champions race day in the Camelot (condition race) going 7.8 or 1570 meters and making all the running with Anderson Trotman in the saddle.
The US$35 000 Ocala Sales purchase scored his second win of the year in the first race of the day again on February 20 this year in the Iron Lover Stakes.
The Iron Lover Stakes which went the short trip of 1100 meters or five and a half furlongs, saw Infrared showing his versatility sitting behind the early speed of Middle Passage and quickening two furlongs out to pose for the camera once again in front of stablemate Refire for the second time for the first season.
Infrared completed his hat-trick of wins on March 19 in the David Gibbs Memorial Handicap going 1800 meters (nine furlongs). Leading rider and apprentice for 2016 Rasheed Hughes was given the riding assignment on Infrared for the first time as Anderson Trotman who was aboard on all three of his wins was sitting on the sidelines nursing injuries sustained on Gold Cup day.
Five other horses are in the line up for the St Ann’s Garrison Handicap. A stand-out will be Noble Intent also a front runner like Infrared, these two will surely make the race speedy up front. Noble Intent won his last start going 7.8 furlongs on Grandstand Posse Day. The John Chandler-owned and trained bay horse made all the running in a decent time of one minute 36 seconds over Arrow Head. The son of Good Intent won some very good races over nine furlongs, standing out most was the Midsummer Classic in 2014 as a three-year-old. Since then he has repeated over the trip so stamina will not be a question.
Donicodidit, the 2015 Massy United Derby runner-up and the highest rated horse in the race at 93, will carry 128 pounds. Four of his five wins have come over 1800 meters with three of them last year. His first win over the nine furlongs trip was the Midsummer Classic, spoiling Poetic Licence’s triple crown hopes.
His next win going nine furlongs was on September 5 in the Hyundai Accent Sales Graduate Vase Handicap scoring over Captain Sully. The Robert Peirce-trained bay colt went on to win the Bryden Stokes Breeders Classic on November 21 last year showing his staying power over nine furlongs and again defeating classy horses such as Joshua and Janak’s Gold.
The talented colt’s fourth win going nine furlongs came this year in the Garrison Savannah Handicap on April 16, sailing past Janak’s Gold down the lane. In that race Donicodidit had ended the four-race winning streak of Lucky Adventure. Will he be the spoiler of yet another horse that is trying to stay unbeaten for the year in Infrared? Many race fans will be trekking to the Garrison to find out.
Inwon, stable mate of Infrared, had his first race for the year last race day after being off the track since December 12 last year and ran a game third. Inwon is a speedy horse
that can also run on the front end, so jockey tactics with the two stable-owned horses will come into play and these two will not want to run each other into the ground. Inwon’s lone win going nine furlongs was on April 4, 2015, cruising on smoothly by three and a quarter lengths from Empress Isabella. Little Man Arran is also entered along with Snow Storm.
Post time for tomorrow’s racing is 1:45 p.m.