Jamaica Gleaner

Road Wi Seh goes all the way

- Orville Clarke Gleaner Writer

ROAD WI SEH, rac­ing for the first time since his un­placed ef­fort in the June 13 Ja­maica Derby, re­turned with a bang to win yesterday’s Thor­ough­bred Own­ers and Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (TOBA) Tro­phy race over 1400 me­tres at Cay­manas Park in post-to-post fash­ion.

In­stalled as a 5-2 sec­ond favourite with cham­pion ap­pren­tice O’Brien White aboard, ROAD WI SEH, who changed sta­bles since the derby, mov­ing from trainer Pa­trick Chang to Lorne Kir­lew, held on well by 1 3/4 lengths from the 34-1 out­sider, SEEK­ING HOPE.

ROAD WI SEH was early in the lead from 90-1 out­sider BRAVE PROSPECT and soon opened up ap­proach­ing the half mile. He turned for home four lengths clear of SEEK­ING HOPE and AC­TION MAN (7-1) and, although drift­ing out in the straight, kept on well to hold SEEK­ING HOPE at bay for his sec­ond win in six ca­reer starts.

Although get­ting him a month ago, Kir­lew said he was con­fi­dent of vic­tory.

“I put in a lot of hard work to straighten him out,” he em­pha­sised. “I had to re­build him for this race and if you no­ticed how he drifted out ap­proach­ing the fur­long pole, there are still is­sues to be ad­dressed, but I think he’ll go on from here,” added the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion trainer.

AC­TION MAN, the mount of lead­ing all-time jockey Win­ston ‘Fanna’ Grif­fiths, fin­ished another five lengths third, while the 9-5 favourite TARA­NIS, un­der lead­ing jockey Shane El­lis, was fourth. A three-yearold ch­est­nut colt by Adore The Gold out of Dream Watcher, ROAD WI SEH is owned by Outa Road Rac­ing Sta­bles and bred by Ham Sta­bles.

PRO­GRAMME A NIGHT­MARE

With no favourite oblig­ing in any of the 10 races, the pro­gramme proved a night­mare for form play­ers. GOLDEN BULLET (4-1), rid­den by Or­lando Foster for trainer An­thony ‘Baba’ Nunes, out­fin­ished his front run­ning sta­ble-com­pan­ion and even­money favourite, BAGS OF GOLD, to win the day’s sec­ondary fea­ture for the As­ton Com­mock Me­mo­rial Tro­phy over 1700 me­tres, while for­mer cham­pion Wes­ley Henry and ti­tle-chas­ing Robert Halledeen shared the rid­ing hon­ours with two win­ners each.

 ?? RI­CARDO MAKYN /STAFF PHO­TOGRAPHE ?? ROAD WI SEH (O’Brien White) in the win­ners’ en­clo­sure af­ter his win in yesterday’s fea­ture race, the Thor­ough­bred Own­ers and Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­maica Tro­phy event at Cay­manas Park.
RI­CARDO MAKYN /STAFF PHO­TOGRAPHE ROAD WI SEH (O’Brien White) in the win­ners’ en­clo­sure af­ter his win in yesterday’s fea­ture race, the Thor­ough­bred Own­ers and Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­maica Tro­phy event at Cay­manas Park.

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