Prince Ka­mali a safe banker

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Orville Clarke Gleaner Writer

TORONTO, Canada (CMC): RID­ING ACE Pa­trick Hus­bands carved out a dom­i­nant ride aboard hot pre-race favourite Golden Hawk to snatch the CND$150,000 Grade III Grey Stakes in style at Wood­bine race­track here on Sun­day.

Go­ing off at odds of 3-5, the pair made nearly all the run­ning over the mile and six­teenth trip to slam the two-year-olds by 51/4 lengths in a time of one minute, 43.38 sec­onds.

“With a small field, you don’t want to get trapped on the first turn,” the 43-year-old Hus­bands said. “So I just let him run away from there, and he just pricked his ears. I had every­thing my way.”

Hus­bands broke the chest­nut colt smartly and dis­puted the lead with Han Sense into the first turn be­fore get­ting to the front to un­leash splits of 24.51 sec­onds and 48.60 sec­onds.

Han Sense tracked from se­cond with Night Watch­man tucked in be­hind, and Pre­emp­tive Strike and King and his Court bring­ing up the rear of the small field.

On the fi­nal turn, the pace quick­ened as King and His Court Pa­trick Hus­bands

and Night Watch­man came to chal­lenge on the out­side, and Han Sense along the rails.

But Hus­bands re­sponded by fi­nally re­leas­ing his hold on Golden Hawk, and the colt sprinted away from his ri­vals un­der a vig­or­ous hands-ride and reached the wire with­out a chal­lenger.

The vic­tory was one of two on the 10-race card for Hus­bands, who also cap­tured race six over six fur­longs, part­ner­ing with 4-1 chance Heard That to beat the two-year-old maiden fil­lies by 31/2 lengths.

Hus­bands is a seven-time Wood­bine cham­pion jockey.

TO­MOR­ROW’S 11-RACE pro­gramme at Cay­manas Park of­fers a Pick-9 car­ry­over of $1.4 mil­lion, but both Su­per-6s start anew.

The Pick-9 will em­brace races three to 11, the first Su­per-6 from race one to six, the late Su­per-6 from race six to 11.

We look at the first Su­per-6, which com­mences with the Cash Pot ‘Rake’ Tro­phy for four-year-olds and up over 1400 me­tres to be con­tested by seven starters, all na­tive bred fouryear-olds.

With the likes of FIERY PATH, MONALISASMILE, HOME­COM­ING and FREE RANGE all ex­pected to prove com­pet­i­tive, a close fin­ish is an­tic­i­pated.

FIERY PATH, how­ever, has the best cre­den­tials, hav­ing caught the eye when fin­ish­ing four lengths se­cond to UN­RULY TEXAS in a fast-run one mile race (1.41.3) some days ago.

FIERY PATH, who showed good speed un­til giv­ing way to the win­ner early in the straight, fin­ished seven lengths clear of the third horse, FREE RANGE, and with top ap­pren­tice Bebeto Har­vey rid­ing for trainer Dono­van Plum­mer, looks the right choice over this shorter trip.

The se­cond race over 1300 me­tres for the Cash Pot Bo­nanza Tro­phy, should pro­vide FIERY PATH (right), with Bebeto Har­vey aboard, plac­ing se­cond to the Dane Dawkin­srid­den aboard UN­RULY TEXAS at Cay­manas Park on Oc­to­ber 1. FIERY PATH is strongly fan­cied to win to­mor­row’s first race.

the steadily im­prov­ing 4-y-o colt LEIGHTON REID from the sta­bles of topline trainer An­thony ‘Baba’ Nunes with his se­cond con­sec­u­tive win.

The Re­gion of Merit off­spring will have the ser­vices of bang in form claim­ing ap­pren­tice Dane Dawkins, and hav­ing bro­ken the ice, should re­peat at the ex­pense of DI­REC­TOR DA­LEY (im­prov­ing) and down in class MIL­I­TARY MOVE in a nine-strong field.

DYS­FUNC­TIONAL, who was caught within shades of the wire by lesser fan­cied sta­ble-com­pan­ion QUEEN OF BAGDAD over 1300 me­tres re­cently, will rel­ish the milder pace of the third race over

1820 me­tres, and with lead­ing jockey Omar Walker re­tain­ing the ride from cham­pion trainer Wayne DaCosta, should make no mis­take.

Fel­low three-year-olds COUNTER AT­TACK (Dawkins up) and GOLDEN GLORY are twin dan­gers in a field of nine.

PRINCE KA­MALI, with Har­vey aboard, has been knock­ing at the door lately and should be good enough to stave off his only se­ri­ous ri­val, BIG AL (Dawkins up) in the fourth race for maiden three-year-olds over 1100 me­tres, this for the Cash Pot ‘Play it’ Tro­phy.

The last two races in the first Su­per-6 should be won by the

Philip Feanny-trained 2-y-o debu­tante FORT KNOX (work­ing well) with Ian Spence aboard, and in the sixth, LEEKOUT (beaten nar­rowly last time) with cham­pion jockey Shane El­lis rid­ing for new trainer Michael Mar­lowe in a field of 13 maiden three-year-olds.






BLUE DIXIE (right), with Paul Francis aboard, win­ning the Er­rol Subratie Memo­rial Tro­phy race over 1600 me­tres at Cay­manas Park on Oc­to­ber 1. TYPE­WRITER (se­cond right) was se­cond.


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