Stead­man gets the best out of Royal As­sault

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS - - Orville Clarke

ROYAL AS­SAULT, the even­money favourite with ap­pren­tice Lin­ton Stead­man rid­ing for trainer An­thony “Baba” Nunes, ran on strongly in the last 100 me­tres to win the overnight al­lowance sprint in de­ci­sive fashion at Cay­manas Park on Wed­nes­day.

The four-year-old ch­est­nut colt by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Maken Joy raced promi­nently in third as the fleet-footed TAL­ENTED TONY K (7-2), with top ap­pren­tice Be­beto Har­vey, led com­fort­ably into the straight ahead of highly fan­cied DREAM­LINER (6-5) in a field of eight.

Although look­ing likely to hold on after leaving the fur­long pole two lengths clear, TAL­ENTED TONY K was worn down by ROYAL AS­SAULT, who re­sponded to a bustling ride to hit the front in the last 50 me­tres, win­ning by 11/4 lengths from TAL­ENTED TONY K and the late-clos­ing ROYAL VIBES (32-1), this in the smart time of 1:05.0.

Owned by Pre­ferred Rac­ing and bred by Mark Croskery, ROYAL AS­SAULT was notch­ing only his third win from eight starts this sea­son, but by and large, has been a model of con­sis­tency, hav­ing fin­ished in the first three seven times.

BET­TER LUCK

Har­vey, who was sec­ond aboard TAL­ENTED TONY K, had bet­ter luck aboard an­other evens favourite, JESSIE JAMES, in the third race over a mile for the Alty McKen­zie Me­mo­rial Cup for $350,000 $300,000 claim­ing horses.

Out­paced for most of the way as NO MONEY FRIEND (10-1) en­joyed a good lead into the straight ahead of the highly fan­cied pair of COMPUTERIZE and BIGBROWNGREYHOPE, JESSIE JAMES stormed through in the last fur­long to beat NO MONEY FRIEND by three lengths in an eight-horse field.

The win­ner, an eight-year-old bay geld­ing by Storm Craft out of Jes­sica, is owned by Nadon and trained by Ryan Darby.

Har­vey, Stead­man, and fel­low ap­pren­tice Ja­vaniel Pat­ter­son rode two win­ners each, while Nunes sad­dled two win­ners in the two-year-old debu­tante BILIN­GUAL and ROYAL AS­SAULT.

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