Pro­lific Princess upsets in Ah­who­fah fea­ture

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Orville Clarke Gleaner Writer

Ja­maica’s Tis­hana Han­son (left) gets to a pass ahead of Su­san Pet­titt of Aus­tralia in a Fast5 World Series match in Aus­tralia yes­ter­day. The hosts won 35-19. In an­other match yes­ter­day, Ja­maica clipped South Africa 35-33.

RUN­NING ON, strongly leav­ing the fur­long pole, PRO­LIFIC PRINCESS scored a 10-1 up­set in the in­au­gu­ral run­ning of the Ah­who­fah Sprint over 1200 me­tres for overnight al­lowance horses at Cay­manas Park yes­ter­day.

Rid­den by Paul ‘Coun­try’ Fran­cis for trainer Neive Gra­ham and pop­u­lar owner O’Shaun Con­nec­tion, the 4-y-o ch­est­nut filly won by 11¼4 lengths from long-time leader DREAM­LINER un­der lead­ing jockey Omar Walker with a sim­i­lar mar­gin to highly fan­cied ROYAL AS­SAULT (5-2) in third. Four­teen ran.

As ex­pected, TAL­ENTED TONY K (5-1) led in the early stages be­fore giv­ing way to DREAM­LINER and ROYAL AS­SAULT, leav­ing the half mile as the 2-1 favourite BERRANCA raced off the early pace in fifth.

In the straight, PRO­LIFIC PRINCESS showed how much she had im­proved. She stormed through on the out­side, pass­ing the bat­tling lead­ers DREAM­LINER and ROYAL AS­SAULT on the rails at a cru­cial stage for a de­ci­sive win, her fifth from 15 starts this sea­son.

SEC­OND WIN­NER

Gra­ham and O’Shaun Con­netion teamed up for a sec­ond win­ner on the card in 2-1 chance JU­NIOR DON, rid­den from off the pace by Walker in the fifth race over 1400 me­tres.

Also notch­ing two win­ners was trainer Paul ‘Sleeper’ Charl­ton in the di­vided straight five race with 7-2 chance AFRICA and 6-5 favourite BOLD SYM­PHONY, both easy win­ners, as well as top ap­pren­tice Bebeto Har­vey, who booted home DE­MO­LI­TION BOY (2-1) and 6-5 favourite RUN­NING STAR.

Shocker of the day came in the third race for maiden two-year-olds in which the howl­ing 1-9 favourite PONTIUS PILATE, racing for the first time since fetch­ing the record price of $5 mil­lion in last year’s TOBA year­ling sale, could only man­age third to 44-1 out­sider THUNDEREBLE with Ri­cardo Duhaney rid­ing for trainer Gary Subratie.

Rid­den by out­go­ing cham­pion Shane El­lis for trainer An­thony Nunes, PONTIUS PILATE, by For­est Dan­ger out of Sea Treaty, was out­paced in fourth in the back­stretch as SHE’S A LE­GACY and THUNDEREBLE dis­puted the lead to the last fur­long and, although stay­ing on, never looked like catch­ing the lead­ers and fin­ished two lengths third.

COLLIN REID PHOTO COUR­TESY OF SCO­TIA­BANK, SUPREME VEN­TURES AND COURTS

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