The Aysha Syndicate’s Wild Cat Tea will be looking for a hat-trick of wins Saturday in the Garrison Savannah Handicap for the top rated horses.
The field of five will be running for a purse of $18 500 in the 1100 metres showdown. The bay horse of the late champion sire of Florida Wild Cat Heir unbeaten victories this year started on February 4 in the Valentine’s Handicap taking the second top weight of 127 pounds going Saturday’s trip of 1100 metres. In that race he made all the running getting home by three lengths from stablemate Just My Girl in a good time of 105.2.
Wild Cat Tea made it two wins in a row on this year’s Sandy Lane Gold Cup day in the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint Stakes And Trophy taking the joint top weight of 132 pounds. In that race he had settled in third place behind 2015 Derby winner Poetic Licence and Lucky Adventure before shooting clear getting home by two lengths from Lucky Adventure. Wild Cat Tea will have Spa Sprint winning jockey Rickey Walcott aboard once again. Wild Cat Tea will take 110 pounds Saturday dropping down from the 132 pounds that he won with on Gold Cup day and this could be a danger. He will have an advantage as he is rated 116 and with horses entered rated higher than him, as the Garrison Savannah being a handicapped race and not a weight-for-age race like the Spa Sprint.
The first two finishers of the Spa Sprint will face each other once again Saturday, with Lucky Adventure entered in the line-up. The bay gelding of Looking At Lucky had a bad start to the year when he finished last on January 14 going Saturday’s distance to Sirius Black who was awarded the race after the disqualification of Infrared. But the smart Boston John trainee ran a superb second in his second start for the year in the Spa Sprint to Wild Cat Tea to signal his intention for Saturday. The five-year-old horse will be coming down from the 132 pounds he ran with on Gold Cup day, to 110 pounds in the Garrison Savannah Handicap. 2016 champion jockey Rasheed Hughes will have the leg up on Lucky Adventure Saturday.
2015 horse of the year Sirius Black will be looking to make it two sprint wins in a row in this small but interesting field. The chestnut gelding who was awarded his win on January 14, had since raced on Sandy Lane Gold Cup in the Tanglewood Stakes And Trophy going 10 furlongs where he was defending champion. In that race he finished a below par eighth behind stablemate and 2016 horse of the year Northern Star. The Victor Cheeseman-trained talented runner will feel at home at the shorter 1100 meters where he last won, and will take the top weight of 130 pounds, the exact weight he last won with on January 14. Jalon Samuel who was aboard the seven-year-old in his last win will be back in the saddle again.
Hopefield stables’ Dazzlin David who was withdrawn from the Spa Sprint is drawn number one in Saturday’s line-up. Dazzlin David being versatile can run off or on the pace, and in Saturday’s scenario with horses who have a lot of early speed, he could be running at them in the end. Dazzlin David will take the light weight of 110 pounds and Anderson Trotman will be the jockey. Indiano Jones rounds off the field.
Post time for The Garrison Savannah Handicap is 4.20 p.m.
Race 5 the Pavilion Court Handicap going 1800 metres, will also see the return of two top finishers on Gold Cup day. Last year’s Massy United Derby winner and also horse of the year including champion three-year-old, Northern Star, will be back in action. The handsome chestnut son of the late stallion Carpe Diem, had ran away a winner from Donicodidit when he won the Tanglewood Stakes And Trophy on Gold Cup day. Northern Star became the first horse in history to win the Derby, Breeders Classic and Tanglewood Stakes And Trophy. Northern Star will take 126 pounds on Saturday, one pound more than when he last won. Jalon Samuel who has won the last two victories on the chestnut colt will be the jockey.
Donicodidit who had ran second in the 2015 Massy united Derby to Northern Star’s stablemate Poetic Licence will be looking for revenge. Donicodidit will feel more in his comfort zone at 1800 metres where he last won on December 10. Since that victory, the son of Copy That had a pair of 2000 metre events, finishing fourth on January 2 to Ninepointsixnine in the New Year’s Trophy then returning to finish second to Northern Star in the Tanglewood. Horse number seven Secret America, the lone imported in the field, is expected to do well. He finished second in his last start on February 11 to Apparition going 1570 metres. Galaxy rounds off the field. Post time for the Pavilion Court Handicap is 3.50 p.m.
Post time for the first race Saturday is 1.45 p.m.