The first trials for the 3 year old classic season, the Sir Howard Stakes for colts and geldings and the Hotline Stakes for fillies, are the co-features at Caymanas Park on Saturday. Both events will be run over 6 furlongs. The Ian Parsard-conditioned Father Patrick is the 8-5 ante-post favourite to land the Sir Howard Stakes.
The 3 year old bay gelding not only won impressively on debut but, also took on stablemate Superluminal at exercise, galloping the last 5 furlongs of a 9 furlong canter, stopping the clock at 59 and two fifths. Meanwhile, Lady Blue is the 6-5 overnight favourite to capture the Hotline Stakes.
The three year old chestnut filly is back on the track after a three month lay-up and has trained lightly but, being the class in the field, could return to winning ways. First post for the 10 race program is 12:10 pm.