Awesome Destiny powers home
THE AMERICAN three-year-old filly AWESOME DESTINY responded to a strong ride from top apprentice Bebeto Harvey to win the United Racehorse Trainers’ Association Trophy restricted stakes over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Making the most of the running into the straight, AWSOME DESTINY (9-5) had to cope with a strong challenge from 4-5 favourite WILL IN CHARGE under apprentice Hakeem Pottinger on the inside rails but found extra in the last furlong to win by 11¼4 lengths from WILL IN CHARGE, with another three lengths to 9-5 chance BIRD CATCHER in third.
AWESOME DESTINY is owned by We’re Family and trained by Gary Subratie, and this was her fourth win from 13 starts this season.
“Both horses were expected to have the finish to themselves based on their October 22 performance when finishing heads on for second and third behind Jamai Raja over this trip, but my horse was always going to get first run, and with the blinkers removed, scored a fighting victory,” Subratie said.
Harvey, who has an outside chance of catching Omar Walker in the race for the jockeys’ championship with 52 wins to Waker’s 62, had a second winner on the card in the progressive 3-y-o colt JAMAI RAJA, who romped the ninth race over 1700 metres for his third consecutive win.
Trained and part-owned by Richard Azan, JAMAI RAJA won the overnight allowance contest by nine lengths from SILVER CLOUD as the 3-5 favourite.
Elsewhere, the favourite AKASH won the Royal Lancaster Trophy race for maiden two-year-olds, while it was the 1-2 favourite MR. AMBASSADOR, with Walker aboard, in the Frank Parham Memorial Trophy over 1200 metres.
AWESOME DESTINY (Bebeto Harvey) in the winners’ enclosure after capturing the United Racehorse Trainers Association Trophy over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. At left is Lincoln ‘Happy’ Sutherland representing owners We’re Family, and at right is trainer Gary Subratie.