Pamela and Neville Isdell’s four-year-old colt Justice League heads a tight eight-horse field in the day’s feature race the Regimental Historian’s Wedding Day Trophy this Saturday at the Garrison Savannah, the first day of the second racing season for 2018.
What is anticipated will be a hotly contested race, is scheduled to run off at 5.20 p.m. and is the final race on the eight-race card with a purse of $14 000. Six of the eight slated runners placed in their last start and Saturday’s race could be a nail-biter going the 1570 distance.
Justice League, a half-brother to Barbados Guineas winners Poetic Licence and Gandalf, will be going after a hat-trick of wins on Saturday. The Andrew Nunes-trained runner had won on March 3 going 1 000 meters and taking the identical weight of 124 pounds which he will take on Saturday. He then returned on April 2 in the Suzanne McDonald Memorial going 1100 meters and defeated Sea Gold and My Man Gone West. Justice League is bred by inform breeder Phillip Mosley.
Justice League has drawn Gate 5 from which he had won in his last start and will have Antonio Bishop in the Saddle.
Horse number 7 Oberoi had finished in front of Justice League in his last defeat when they last faced each other on December 26th in the Diamonds International/Vena D ‘Amore Handicap. In that race, Oberoi had finished second to useful creole Zip Code with Justice League finishing a dismal fifth out of six starters. Oberoi returned to the winners’ circle when defeating Zip Code’s stablemate Rockley in the Grandstand Posse Trophy Special Competition on April 2.
Oberoi will take 118 pounds, the same weight he took when he won on April 2, and is coming off a second-place finish from last race day on April 28. Antoine Perch will ride.
Javaliar, the second entry for trainer Robert Peirce along with Oberoi, took victory last race day when she won the Khandhar Handicap defeating 2017 Massy United Derby winner Butterfly going 1800 meters. The improving filly who ran fifth in the 2017 Derby will take the top weight of 125 pounds on the weekend. Rasheed Hughes will ride.
The USA-imported Ceroc from the Victor Cheeseman barn had run an exciting second place on April 14 in the Bush Hill Handicap going Saturday’s trip when kicking clear, then being caught by No Not Again who is not entered. The son of Sidney’s Candy took 111 pounds that day and will step up to 122 on Saturday. Rickey Walcott will be in the saddle.
Harriet Brathwaite’s Banja is returning after a 168-day layoff but is reported to be doing well at gallops. Banja, the highest rated horse in the race at 68, will take 121 pounds and could need the race to return to full fitness. Young apprentice Delano Lopez will ride.
The rest of the field is made up of King of Cool, Brigadier Wood and My Man Gone West. Post time for the day’s first race is 1.45 p.m.
My selection – Justice League, Oberoi, Javalair, Ceroc.