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General JN takes on Nuclear Power

Saturday, August 18, 2018
General JN with jockey lifting off the saddle as he steers his charge which leaps to the winning pole to win First Citizen Midsummer Classic (GR1) for W.I. Bred 3 Y.O. out at Santa Rosa Park, Arima on Labour Day (Day 19). PICTURE RALPH BANWARIE

Triple Crown aspirant General JN will have his final run before the Trinidad Derby today when he will contest the Modified Benchmark Handicap race for three-year-old and over horses rated 80 - 60 over - 1,750 metres. The field will be chasing a purse of $41,225 to the winner on the main track at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.

The John Leotaud trained, Jamaican Bred horse has been winning his races with ease and looks likely to land the ‘Triple Crown,’ but today he will have to be at his absolute best to win his beaver-trick and turn back the improving Nuclear Power from the Walter Debysingh barn.

This filly beat General JN over course and distance on February 8th and came back to finished second to Desert Dancer last time out over shorter. She will be a formidable rival over this trip and could inflict a second beating on the champion.

The John O’Brien trained 2017 Derby winner Leading Lady which will be ridden by the in-form apprentice Ri Hernandez with 53.5 kilos is absolutely thrown in at the weights. This is the best chance for Leading Lady to return to winning ways but Nuclear Power may well improve past them all.

General JN’s half brother, Momentum, was the last Triple Crown winner at Santa Rosa Park, four years ago.

Owner, Jerry Narace and trainer Leotaud are both optimistic of a win. At Sunday’s workout, General JN ran an exceptional five furlongs in one minute. Brian Boodramsingh will be riding the three-year-old this weekend for the second time in his career, as he tests his wit against old rival, Nuclear Power.

The prospect of a Triple Crown victory is expected to add to the anticipation and excitement on race day next month, as Cape Canaveral, also a strong contender for the Derby, is hoping to steal the win from the General and deny the chestnut the Triple Crown.

However, on form General JN is the horse to beat and he will be a short-priced favourite to continue his winning ways.

Eight horses have been entered for the feature.

Post time for the first event on the ARC eight-race card is 1:05 pm.


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