Sports

A magical display by 'Houdini'

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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Houdini's Magic, the Anthony Nunes-trained dark bay horse, led from the first jump and was never challenged in a dominating victory in the top-rated Open Allowance event at Caymanas Park yesterday.

The five-year-old Performing Magic offspring broke cleanly from the number six post and immediately went on a relaxed lead under jockey Wesley Henry as Awesome Destiny (Dane Dawkins), Dwayne Star (Oneil Mullings) and Pinelope (Anthony Thomas) led the chasing pack behind.

At the half-mile (800m) when the pace was expected to increase, Houdini's Magic was still relaxed on the front end, while the chasing pack was forced to increase their tempo but the writing was already on the wall.

Turning for home, Henry let the notch loose and Houdini's Magic responded well and went away for a convincing three-and-a quarter-length victory in the seven-and-a-half furlong (1,500m) event for three-year-olds and upwards.

Ian Links (Jerome Innis), Brawn and Dwayne Star chased the winner to the line in that order.

After splits of 23.4, 47.1 and 1:11.4 minutes for the six furlongs, the final time was clocked at 1:31.3 minutes on a fast track.

It was the second winner on the 11-race card for Henry, who had opened the programme aboard the Gresford Smith-trained Thornhill Miss over a mile (1,600m).

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