SVL launches 2-y-o Triple Crown se­ries

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

THE SUPREME Ven­tures 2-Y-O Triple Crown Se­ries will kick-start an ex­cit­ing last quar­ter of rac­ing at Cay­manas Park this Satur­day with the first of the three races, the $2.95-mil­lion Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Tro­phy over 1200 me­tres tak­ing the spotlight.

De­tails for the $11.4-mil­lion se­ries, which marks its 12th stag­ing, were out­lined by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of SVL and Cay­manas Track Lim­ited (CTL) at yes­ter­day’s launch at the Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus Ho­tel, New Kingston.

Den­zil Miller Jr, CTL’s rac­ing sec­re­tary, ex­pects a field of 12 to face the starter, among them the un­beaten sta­ble com­pan­ions SHE’S A MAN EATER and AR­MAGED­DON from the sta­bles of 15-time cham­pion trainer Wayne DaCosta; MONEY MAG­NET, VERY CLAS­SIC, AWE­SOME SAUCE and a third DaCosta run­ner, MR UNI­VERSE.

Paul Hoo, chair­man of SVL, the com­pany that will soon take over Cay­manas Park – fol­low­ing ap­proval of their di­vest­ment bid by govern­ment – said the se­ries will con­tinue on Satur­day, Novem­ber 26 with the $3.6 mil­lion Pick-3 Chal­lenge Tro­phy over 1400 me­tres, cul­mi­nat­ing on Box­ing Day, De­cem­ber 27, with the SVL Ja­maica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile, with a purse of $4 mil­lion.

Any 2-y-o good enough to win all three races will re­ceive a mil­lion-dol­lar bonus by SVL. Paul Hoo (right), chair­man of Supreme Ven­tures Lim­ited (SVL), pre­sent­ing one of the tro­phies that will be com­peted for dur­ing the SVL Triple Crown Se­ries, to Shane Dalling, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Cay­manas Track Lim­ited. The pre­sen­ta­tion was made at yes­ter­day’s launch of the 2016 se­ries at the Pe­ga­sus Ho­tel in New Kingston.

Hoo added: “This year the 2-y-o se­ries hap­pens while other ex­cit­ing things are tak­ing place on the rac­ing land­scape, chief among them, for

us, our pend­ing new role with Cay­manas Track. The work con­tin­ues in earnest to fi­nalise that ne­go­ti­a­tion and the fi­nal takeover date,” he in­formed.

“It is our in­ten­tion to con­tinue in the fu­ture our in­vest­ment in the se­ries, as it re­in­forces our com­mit­ment to horse rac­ing in Ja­maica. It is our plan to re­vi­talise rac­ing for the ben­e­fit of all stake­hold­ers through new mar­ket­ing and mar­kets, thereby in­creas­ing much needed rev­enues.”

OUT­STAND­ING FILLY

He was quick to add that SVL wanted to do some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent this year, pre­sent­ing spe­cial awards to the top trainer (Wayne DaCosta with 11 wins, in­clud­ing Fatty Bum Bum, Per­fect Neigh­bour, Fu­ture King) over the past 11 years; Ruth Hussey (top owner), Shane El­lis (top jockey with five wins, in­clud­ing Miss Ruth, All Cor­rect)) and By­ron Mur­ray of Princess Pop­star fame (top groom) with all three wins by the out­stand­ing filly when she swept the se­ries in 2013.

Also speak­ing were Si­mone Clarke-Cooper, SVL’s as­sis­tant vice-pres­i­dent, cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions, who high­lighted a range of pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties on the day, and CTL’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Shane Dalling, who hailed the con­tri­bu­tion of SVL as the fore­most spon­sor in lo­cal rac­ing, with five ma­jor races, in­clud­ing the Lotto Clas­sic (Gov­er­nor’s Cup) and the ul­tra-rich Di­a­mond Mile to be run in De­cem­ber. PALLEKELE , Sri Lanka (CMC): JAHMAR HAMIL­TON missed a cen­tury, and Visual Singh is in sight of one as West Indies A dom­i­nated the open­ing day of their sec­ond four-day Test against Sri Lanka A at Pallekele In­ter­na­tional Cricket Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Hamil­ton and Singh posted solid half cen­turies that al­lowed West Indies A to surge to 331 for five, after Sri Lanka A won the toss and asked them to bat.

Hamil­ton missed his cen­tury by a sin­gle run, while Singh con­tin­ued his im­pres­sive form to be un­beaten on 81 as the re­gional side fin­ished the day in a strong po­si­tion after los­ing the first Test by seven wick­ets in Colombo last week.

STRUG­GLING

The other bats­man to score a half cen­tury was dropped Test opener, Ra­jen­dra Chan­drika, who has been strug­gling to find form. He scored six fours in reach­ing 51, be­fore he was forced to re­tire hurt.

Hamil­ton, the 26-year-old Lee­ward Is­land crick­eter, was run out fol­low­ing a dom­i­nant bat­ting dis­play dur­ing which he counted 15 bound­aries from his 141-ball oc­cu­pa­tion of the crease.

He amassed a solid fifth wicket stand of 188 with Singh, the pro­lific Guyanese bats­man who missed his cen­tury by four runs in the open­ing fix­ture.

Singh has so far picked up nine bound­aries and looked set to press on for a triple fig­ure score.

There were other sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions from Kieran Pow­ell and Shimron Het­myer, who scored 29 and 48 be­fore they were caught and bowled, re­spec­tively.

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