Scrumpum, He’s Sensational to face new challenges

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A number of new horses are set to debut on July 8, when the Antigua Turf Club (ATC) hosts the final leg of the Antigua Triple Crown Series, the Governor General’s Cup at the Cassada Gardens Race Track.
This is according to President of the turf club, Neil Cochrane, who said that one horse in particular, Breakfast Fete, could be the next big thing, given its close relation to U.S. Triple Crown winner, Justify.
“The charter plane landed with what we consider to be the best horse to hit Antigua in the last 5, 6 or 7 years. It belongs to Dr. Dwayne ‘Baba’ Thwaites and that is Justify’s half-brother. They are both out of the same sire and I understand that this horse’s name is Breakfast Fete,” he said.
“I spoke to the trainer yesterday [Monday] and he advised me that he is working out well, he is adapting to the surface even better than he expected and that he is pretty confident that he will have him ready for the race day, next week Sunday,” he added. 
Cochrane believes that despite the introduction of new horses, regular competitors will continue to make their presence felt.
“I think the four horses that I’ve listed so far including both horses that we just spoke about [Scrumpum and He’s Sensational], Maximum which is Jerry’s [Jerry Roberts] horse and he has also indicated an interest in going,” he said.
“The handlers and owners of Advance Credit, formerly Demolition Man, and I’ll say that Advance Credit likes that type of distance so they fancy their chances of creating an upset after
coming second in the first leg at eight furlongs and now, going a little longer at 9.5 furlongs, they fancy themselves as well,” the turf boss added. 
Some familiar faces, Cochrane added, could also return in time for the final leg of this year’s Triple Crown.
“As you know we’ve pulled out the First Lady but we are working on Queen of Hearts. We’re working on bringing her back. She’s been injured and had some internal issues coming out of her win in the Filly Classic and so we have been nursing her back to full health and by this weekend we will know where she is,” he said.
“Similarly we are also working on the return of the Chief of Staff and he’s looking good but Queen of Hearts would be our pick for the 9.5 furlongs in the Governor General’s Cup,” he added.
He’s Sensational took the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Sir Cuthwin Lake Super Sprint held 17 June. The thoroughbred beat Maximum and favourite Scrumpum to the finish line. The race carried a purse of EC$9,375 with EC$5,000 going to the winner.

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