The 38th running of the Burger King Superstakes over 2000 metres will take the spotlight at Caymanas Park today. Billed as ‘A Day with the King and his Horses’, the nine-horse field for the prestigious invitational race with a purse of $4.5 million includes last year’s winner FRANFIELD with top apprentice Bebeto Harvey riding for trainer Richard Azan; two-time winner TYPEWRITER to be ridden by Robert Halledeen for trainer Spencer Chung, as well as the reigning “Horse of the Year’ SEEKING MY DREAM with leading jockey Omar Walker again riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, stable-companion PERFECT NEIGHBOUR with Orlando Foster aboard and this year’s St. Leger winner BIGDADDYKOOL with champion apprentice Linton Steadman riding for topline trainer Anthony “Baba’ Nunes. The above mentioned horses should ensure a highly competitive race and the winner is sure to emerge from this group. All have looked sharp in their preparation, especially SEEKING MY DREAM and the three-year-old gelding BIGDADDYKOOL, both of whom have already won over the distance this season, BIGDADDYKOOL winning both the St. Leger and Lotto Classic (Governor’s Cup) over same and having improved, could make it close. HOPING FOR THE BEST FRANFIELD, who won the Governor General’s Stakes over the distance by four lengths from PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, is also in good nick for the race and Azan is hoping for the best. He is quietly confident: “He won convincingly a year ago, is a better horse this year having beaten Seeking My Dream in the Chairman’s Trophy in March and Perfect Neighbour in the GG Stakes. He is not only fit but has a lot of heart and I am expecting another big run from him,” said Azan, who has won the Superstakes a record nine times, including four in a row with MENUDO (1999-2002). For me, however, the choice has to be SEEKING MY DREAM now that his main rivals are sitting level with him in the scales. The class horse of the field, SEEKING MY DREAM should at last provide DaCosta with that elusive success in the only major race he is yet to win in a career spanning 40 years. Owned by Member of Parliament Derrick Smith, the 4-y-o colt by Seeking The Glory out of the 2008 “Horse of the Year” Alsafra notched his last win over the distance in the Prime Minister’s Stakes on August 6 under topweight of 57.0kg, and although humbled by top sprinter BUZZ NIGHTMARE In the recent Gold Cup over 1400 metres, has worked impressively for today’s assignment. Elsewhere on the 12-race programme, the Philip Feanny-trained BUZZ NIGHTMARE looks a cinch for the GLEN MILLS O.D. Caribbean Sprint, while it should be the Nunes-trained HOUDINI’S MAGIC ahead of old rival BRAWN in the Coco Cola Invitational Mile. Post time 11:00 a.m.
0Shares0000AFC Leopards players walk into the pitch for their CAF Confederation Cup tie against Fosa Juniors of Madagascar at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on February 11, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 18- AFC Leopards will after all travel to Mahajanga, Madagascar on Monday morning for their CAF Confederations Cup return leg tie against Fosa Juniors after the government bailed them out with 29 return air tickets.The reigning GOtv Shield champions had brought out their begging bowls to government streets, asking for help to aid them honour the tie. “The government has bought for us 29 tickets and this will go a long way in easing the financial burden that we expected. We now only have to worry about accommodation and local logistics,” Dan Mule, the AFC Leopards chair told Capital Sport.Since the withdrawal of their sponsors, AFC who are closing in on 55 years of experience have been willowing in financial difficulty with Mule crying out for sponsors to come on board and assist them keep their boat floating especially in continental football.“It takes an average of almost Sh7mn to ensure a team travels and plays an international match and definitely it will not be easy for us. More sponsors should come on board because we see other countries like Zambia, teams are hugely supported,” Mule added.He has however disclosed the club has been able to pay salaries for the first two months via their sponsors SportPesa who seem to have put one foot in and another out as far as partnering the team is concerned.AFC Leopards players line up before the Kenyan Premier League Super Cup clash against Gor Mahia on January 28, 2017 at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We went and talked to them and told them the problems we are facing. They told us they will help us pay salaries for the first two months until their appeal in court is heard. We are expecting that once this is complete at the end of the month, we can have some light at the end of the tunnel,” Mule further disclosed.AFC travel to Madagascar with a 1-1 result from the first leg played in Kakamega last weekend and will need either a high scoring draw or an outright win to book themselves a ticket to the first round.A loss or either a 0-0 draw will see them exit while a 1-1 result will force the game to penalties.Mule who will accompany the team to Madagascar is however confident that the team can do well especially having had no KPL match over the weekend and having time to prepare for the tie adequately.The team will however be without Ghanaian forward Prince Arkoh who ruptured his anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) in the first leg tie and is set to spend the next six months off while right back Dennis Sikhayi remains sidelined with a groin injury.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)