Hou­dini’s Magic wins by a neck

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Orville Clarke Gleaner Writer

HOU­DINI’S MAGIC, rid­den by cham­pion jockey Shane El­lis for in­form trainer An­thony ‘Baba’ Nunes, got up in the nick of time to deny 4-5 favourite PHINEAS by a neck in the three-year-old and up open al­lowance fea­ture for the Fon­tain­bleu Tro­phy over 1500 me­tres at Cay­manas Park yes­ter­day.

Held off the early pace in fourth as PHINEAS, com­ing from the num­ber-one post po­si­tion, made most from FORCE THE JOUR and then MOM’S STU­DENT, HOU­DINI’S MAGIC started his win­ning run on the out­side, en­ter­ing the straight, at which stage, PHINEAS en­joyed a twolength lead.

HOU­DINI’S MAGIC, how­ever, soon found his best stride, reel­ing in top­weight PHINEAS within shades of the wire for a nar­row win in a field of seven.

Owned by Der­rick Brandt and bred by Ever­glades Farms, the win­ner, a fouryear-old bay colt by Per­form­ing Magic out of Milestone, was notch­ing his third win from seven starts this sea­son, cov­er­ing the dis­tance in a fairly fast 1:31.2.

IM­PRES­SIVE WIN­NER

Ear­lier in the af­ter­noon, the Richard Azan-trained three-year-old geld­ing JA­MAI RAJA was even more im­pres­sive in win­ning the three-year-old re­stricted stakes over the same dis­tance in a very fast 1:30.2, a full sec­ond bet­ter than the time recorded by HOU­DINI’S MAGIC, both run­ning in muddy con­di­tions.

Held to­gether in a prom­i­nent po­si­tion by the ap­pren­tice Odean Edwards as sta­ble­com­pan­ion RALLY BABY made the early run­ning in a seven-horse field, JA­MAI RAJA, a 4-5 favourite, turned for home heads on with highly fan­cied WILL IN CHARGE on the out­side and quickly found another gear on the rails to beat WILL IN CHARGE by 41/2 lengths as the 4-5 favourite.

JA­MAI RAJA, who fin­ished a close sec­ond to BIGDADDYKOOL in the Lotto Clas­sic for the Gover­nor’s Cup over 2000 me­tres on May 28, was win­ning for the sec­ond time in a muddy sur­face since Fe­bru­ary 13.

Mean­while, UN­BREAK­ABLE, owned and trained by Steven Todd, came from just off the early pace to win the Ce­cil C. Charl­ton Me­mo­rial Tro­phy by 11/2 lengths at odds of 7-2. Rid­den by Aaron Cha­trie, the con­sis­tent five-year-old geld­ing caught up with long-time leader FORTUNONEHUNDRED a fur­long out and won by 11/2 lengths from TI­TANIC.

The third tro­phy race on the card for the Mon­ica Todd Me­mo­rial Cup pro­vided a run­away win for 3-1 chance DR. TRAIN, rid­den by Robert Halledeen for own­er­trainer Ian Parsard.

Ear­lier, fe­male ap­pren­tice Natalie Berger notched the sec­ond win of her ca­reer, this aboard 12-1 chance BURLIN for trainer Paul Hyl­ton in the fourth race over a mile, win­ning in a driv­ing fin­ish.

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