Fran­field tunes up for Su­per­stakes with fine win

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Orville Clarke Gleaner Writer

Dane Dawkins gives the thumbs up sign af­ter tak­ing his third win­ner aboard UN­RULY TEXAS in the sev­enth race at Cay­manas yes­ter­day.

THE 2015 Su­per­stakes win­ner, FRAN­FIELD, won his dress re­hearsal for this year’s run­ning with a de­ci­sive vic­tory over the 2-5 favourite PER­FECT NEIGH­BOUR in the 57th run­ning of the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Stakes grade one fea­ture over 2000 me­tres at Cay­manas Park yes­ter­day.

In­stalled a 7-5 sec­ond favourite with top ap­pren­tice Bebeto Har­vey rid­ing for trainer Richard Azan in a field of six, FRAN­FIELD made vir­tu­ally all. He was pressed by the lightly weighted hat-trick seeker, SUPERLUMINAL (2-1), from a long way out, but slipped away leav­ing the quar­ter pole to win by four lengths from PER­FECT NEIGH­BOUR (Omar Walker up), who failed in his bid to win this race for the third con­sec­u­tive year.

A 5-y-o chest­nut horse by Tra­di­tional out of the Royal Min­is­ter mare Supa Lei, FRAN­FIELD was notch­ing his sec­ond win from five starts this sea­son. Azan was pleased with the vic­tory, not­ing that the tim­ing was sig­nif­i­cant.

“With the Su­per­stakes a month away, I am happy to see that he is in win­ning form as the Su­per­stakes re­mains his ma­jor ob­jec­tive,” said Azan.

Claim­ing ap­pren­tice Dane Dawkins dom­i­nated the 11-race pro­gramme with four win­ners, two for vet­eran trainer Robert Darby Sr in VAL­LEY OF QUEENS and OUR CRE­ATION in the third and sixth races, re­spec­tively.

GLO­RI­OUS CHANCE

Dawkins was notch­ing the first four-timer of his ca­reer, but missed out on a glo­ri­ous chance to ride five win­ners when the classy 3-y-o filly, PINELOPE (dis­puted lead), was beaten in a driv­ing fin­ish by 3-1 chance BLUE DIXIE and highly fan­cied TYPE­WRITER in the in­au­gu­ral run­ning of the Er­rol ‘Big Sub’ Subratie Memo­rial Tro­phy over a mile for overnight al­lowance horses.

Rid­den by Paul ‘Coun­try’ Fran­cis for pop­u­lar owner Michros, BLUE DIXIE scored a fit­ting vic­tory. She is trained by Gary Subratie, the son of the late owner-trainer Er­rol Subratie, in whose mem­ory the race was run.

As a re­sult of yes­ter­day’s four-timer, the 23-year-old Dawkins has im­proved to joint fourth in the jockeys’ stand­ings with 34 wins, tied with fel­low ap­pren­tice Bebeto Har­vey, who rode two win­ners on the card.

Mean­while, with Hur­ri­cane Matthew ex­pected to hit Ja­maica by to­mor­row, Cay­manas Track Lim­ited has put con­tin­gency plans in place to min­imise its ef­fect on the rac­ing in­dus­try.

Ac­cord­ing to track su­per­in­ten­dent Ever­ton Henry, the tote board will be com­pletely cov­ered to with­stand the ef­fects of the rain and wind, while drains within the sta­ble area have been cleaned to min­imise the ef­fects of flood­ing.

GLAD­STONE TAY­LOR/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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