Mamdeen, Tevin Foster first to show from new apprentice batch

Observer staff reporter

Friday, May 25, 2018

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The current apprentice riders in training made their first appearance in a competitive race when they competed in Race 1 of the Jamaica Racing Jockey Training School race at Caymanas Park on Wednesday last, May 23, 2018.

The maiden special weight event for native-bred four-year-olds and upward over six furlongs (1,200m) was divided into two sections in an attempt to give the apprentices the chance to showcase their skills in the saddle.

Section one was won by Kiss Me Quick, trained by Neville Peralto with Christopher Mamdeen in the saddle, while the Howard Jaghai-trained Mr Pantheon with Tevin Foster aboard won section two.

Kiss Me Quick raced in fourth place for the first part of the race behind the leaders Emperor's Treasure, Rundazzle, and First Selection, but quickly came down into third at the top of the lane, looking threatening with every stride.

Mamdeen then produced his mount on the outside and Kiss Me Quick powered to a three-and-a-quarter-length victory over Rundazzle (Romario Smith) and First Selection (Shavon Townsend) in a time of 1:18.0.

“I am feeling really good at the moment. The plan was to go out there and do my best, and that was what happened and so I have to give thanks for everything.

“The instructions for the race were to break her good, keep her as close to the leaders as possible like in second or third position, and I did break her well and after three furlongs, I tried to urge her up and in the last two furlongs, I asked her for everything and she came home and I happy,” a beaming Mamdeen said.

Mr Pantheon assumed the lead shortly after the start of the race over Lady Budget and Strikeprincegeorge. Mr Pantheon stayed with the field for a bit until approaching the final bend when he began to draw away from rivals.

With Foster motionless in the saddle at the top of the lane, Mr Pantheon changed gears and sprinted off for a comfortable 14 length win in 1:15.3. Lady Budget (Samantha Fletcher) finished second and Fourthousand (Carlos Blake), third.

“It is a very good feeling to win, but I was very confident coming into the race. It was an easy race as I had nothing much to do. This is my dream, to become a jockey, and I am working very hard to make it,” said Foster, who is the younger brother of jockey Orlando Foster.

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