An­thony Thomas in­creases his lead over Dane Nel­son in jock­eys’ race

Re­view of race day – Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 11, 2020

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT - BY WES MARTIN

Here­comes­the­boss opened the eight-race Sun­day pro­gramme with a gate-to-wire per­for­mance in the hands of lead­ing ap­pren­tice Oshane Nu­gent with the five-year-old mare run­ning well un­der pres­sure in­side the last 200 me­tres to score by a half-a-length for trainer Fitzger­ald Richards, thus se­cur­ing the jockey’s first of two on the day.

Aptly named ju­ve­nile Minia­ture Man, trained by Wayne Da­costa and rid­den by run­away leader 2018 cham­pion An­thony Thomas, was too for­ward for long odds-on favourite Fur­ther And Beyond (Dane Nel­son) de­but­ing for cham­pion and lead­ing con­di­tioner An­thony Nunes.

Minia­ture Man, the medium-sized son of North­ern Gi­ant, was al­ways in con­trol and beat his peer by over four lengths in the 800-me­tre sec­ond event sprint.

Half-an-hour later in the third, nicely named favourite Highly Bless (Omar Walker), a strongly built colt, showed a lot of speed to be al­ways clear in win­ning by over five lengths on de­but for own­ers O’shaun Con­nec­tion and trainer Vic­tor Wil­liams in this 800-me­tre con­test.

In the fourth, trainer Gary Subratie’s Awe­some Boy (An­thony Thomas) was an ex­pen­sive flop as the short-priced favourite.

The Us-bred maiden ac­tu­ally led to the half­way point be­fore dis­ap­pear­ing. Win­ner Week­end Jazz, schooled by By­ron Davis, had to sprint de­ter­minedly to hold Strik­ing Lady (Jor­dan Bar­rett) by a half-a-length over the 1000-me­tre straight course.

Oshane Thomas’ dou­ble clos­ing on Week­end Jazz moves him to 23 ca­reer wins and sev­enth place on the list of ap­pren­tices li­censed from Septem­ber 29, 2018. The promis­ing rider’s cur­rent tally also puts him atop the list of those whose ca­reers com­menced with his on De­cem­ber 7, 2019.

The vale­dic­to­rian of the 2019 grad­u­at­ing class is the most suc­cess­ful to date as the last four hon­orees have made no such im­pres­sion.

In race five, Cap­ture­my­ship, rid­den by An­thony Thomas for trainer Gre­gory Forsyth, is demon­strat­ing im­proved form at six years to win the fourth of his last five starts and the third straight for the trainer who claimed him for $500,000 in De­cem­ber 2019.

This dou­ble by Thomas takes him to 63 wins this year which is 15 clear of the near­est pur­suer, Dane Nel­son.

The sixth was won by Ca­sual Peach from well off the pace as none of the front run­ners could match her fin­ish­ing speed. The five-year-old daugh­ter of lead­ing sire Ca­sual Trick won by six lengths for jockey Dick Car­de­nas and trainer Michael Mar­lowe.

Top hand­i­cap rated for the sev­enth, Pa­trick Lynch’s con­sis­tent filly For­mal Fash­ion (Robert Halledeen) showed speed and game­ness in track­ing pro­gres­sive four-year-old colt Deep Blue Sea (in re­ceipt of four kilo­grammes) and wear­ing him down close home to win by half –a-length. Rid­den by Rad­desh Ro­man Deep Blue Sea was later dis­qual­i­fied for in­ter­fer­ence and the plac­ings with third-place Un­known Sol­dier re­versed by the race-day Op­er­a­tion Stew­ards.

Ap­pren­tice Sa­man­tha Fletcher ly­ing 10th on the list of ap­pren­tices who grad­u­ated Septem­ber 2018 with 10 wins at the end of 2019 was de­clared on her 84th ride of the sea­son with no wins this year.

How­ever, she earned the trust of trainer Ju­nior Pan­ton seek­ing his third sea­sonal tri­umph. Miss Fletcher got a very good break with Party Princess but was headed 800 me­tres out by Orig­i­nal Train (Matthew Ben­nett) who turned for home clear. Party Princess stayed on well in the cen­tre of the track to re­gain the lead at odds of 7/1 in the eighth and fi­nal event.

The Train­ing Feat Award is pre­sented to Gre­gory Forsyth for not only the im­proved form of Cap­ture­my­ship but also for the horse’s trans­for­ma­tion in tem­per­a­ment. Cap­ture­my­ship’s rogu­ish an­tics have pro­duced noth­ing but anx­i­ety for all his rid­ers from his first race­course ap­pear­ance four years ago when he was clear ap­proach­ing the win­ning post, bolted to the right, kicked out a huge por­tion of the rails at the win­ners’ en­clo­sure and scared jockey Shane El­lis half to death. The Best Win­ning Gal­lop is for For­mal Fash­ion who showed un­ques­tioned courage in re­spond­ing to Robert Halledeen’s ed­u­cated as­sis­tance to give him the Jock­ey­ship Award.

(Photos: Garfield Robin­son)

Trainer Michael Mar­lowe (right) re­ceives the Henry Har­ri­son Sr Memo­rial Tro­phy from Henry Har­ri­son Jr.

Week­end Jazz (#7 Oshane Nu­gent) hold­ing off the chal­lenge of Strik­ing Lady (Jor­dan Bar­rett).

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