Canadian Turf: Miesque’s Approval returns
by Handicappers (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Globeform (http://www.globeform.com)
Published: 2007-02-02 19:14:09
Gulfstream Park 3 Feb: Seven take him on, and it is not at all a bad renewal of the race, he has to give them all weight, but Miesque’s Approval will be the warm favorite for the Canadian Turf Handicap (G3).
Last time we saw him race, the veteran turf runner ran out a 24-1 winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Churchill Downs, where he beat Aragorn by 2 ¾ lengths. It wrapped up a campaign worth nearly two million dollars. Not bad, for a horse who was beaten by five rivals in a $50,000 claimer on his penultimate run in 2005.
He was second in this event last year, and to go one better he needs to beat solid runners like Host (Chi), making his first start since the Dubai trip last March, Jambalaya, a very consistent Canadian shipper, and the fast improving Kiss the Kid.
THE CANADIAN TURF HANDICAP (G3)
Gulfstream Park 3 February 2007 – 8.5 furlongs turf
Runners ranked based on best Globeform ratings,
Top ranked horse on 100, with others ranked down in
Pounds (1 length = 2lbs). Horses listed with sire / rider
100 – MIESQUE’S APPROVAL (Miesque’s Son) E Castro
..99 – HOST (Husonnet) J Velazquez
..97 – DEMETEOR (Dehere) M Guidry
..94 – JAMBALAYA (Langfurhr) R Bejarano
..93 – GIANT WRECKER (Giant’s Causeway) J Castellano
..91 – KISS THE KID (Lemon Drop Kid) B Homeister Jr
..87 – BETTER THAN BONDS (Sweetsouthernsaint) E Prado
..86 – JET PROPULSION (Double Honour) J Trujillo
Miesque’s Approval ran the race of his life when winning the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Churchill Downs in November, where he improved considerably to beat Aragorn, with Badge of Silver third. Coming from off the pace, he won by 2 ¾ lengths. Such form will not be needed to win this comeback. He was second in this event 12 months ago, beaten by English Channel – who also went on to Grade One success in the main season. He was in cracking form at the beginning of 2006, as he had previously beaten Silver Tree in the Sunshine Millioons Turf, and later pipped Artie Schiller (the 2005 BC Mile winner) in the Makers Mark Mile (G2), before also adding the Firecracker Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G2) to his CV. The latter race, staged over a mjile at Churchill Downs, is interesting today – as it was a run after a laoyff. Miesque’s Approval can go well fresh, and he will be tough to beat.
Host has not been seen since fourth, 6 ½ lengths behind David Junior in the Dubai Duty Free (G1) at Nad Al Sheba on 25 March 2006. He did not enjoy a smooth trip that day, and finished well. Host could certainly have been closer with a clear run. He had previously won the 2005 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland, looking like a horse with a future as he finished strongly from off the pace to beat the English challenger Vanderlin by a neck. Although now seven, Host is relatively lightly raced horse, who could still find improvement. It is not all that likely to happen first time back after a lengthy break though.
Demeteor is highly ranked based on 2005-form, as he ran a solid race for second behind Silver Tree in the Tropical Turf Handicap (G3) over 9 furlongs at Calder. He ran no sort of a race on his only outing last year, but shaped well enough in his comeback here in January – to take third behind Big Prairie. That form was way below his best though, and he is a bit hard to fancy in the Canadian Turf.
Jambalaya makes more appeal. This Canadian shipper was most conistent last term, and his ninth to Collier Hill in the Candian International (G1) was not quite as bad as it looks on paper. He overmatched that day, following a string of good efforts. His best form came when he raced on soft ground in the 11-furlong Sky Classic (G2) at Woodbine in September. He was up with the pace throughout and lost by just a head to Better Talk Now. Jambalaya ran close to that level of form also when fourth in the 8.5-furlong Connaught Cup (G3) back in May 2006, beaten just a neck behind the smart US miler Remarkable News. Effective over the Canadian Turf trip, Jambalaya gets Rafeal Bejarano on board. It’s in interesting combination.
Giant Wrecker may need another race or two to get back into top shape – judged on his dull performance behind Classic Campiagn in the Ft. Lauderdale. Kiss the Kid, a lightly raced improver, was a good fourth in that event – beaten just half a length after setting the early pace. Kiss the Kid is bred to stay this distance at least but perhaps he is a pure miler and will tire again close home. On the other hand, he is the progressive horse in the field and must be considered.
A: 8 MIESQUE’S APPROVAL
B: 2 JAMBALAYA
C: 4 HOST, 6 KISS THE KID
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