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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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ROCKDALE RELEASES MAIDEN TAG

After many attempts, Rockdale finally got the job done with a fighting win going six furlongs (1,200m) on Saturday. Trained by Patrick Fong and ridden by Shane Ellis, Rockdale (Nuclear Wayne - Girl In Gold) came with a strong run on the inside rails in deep stretch to beat Blood Song (Natalie Berger) by three parts of a length. Classical Princess was another neck away in third place. The final time was 1:15.0. Rockdale was one of two winners for Ellis on the Superstakes programme.

SEVEN HORSES CLAIMED ON SATURDAY

Seven horses were claimed on the 12-race Burger King-sponsored Superstakes Race Day programme at Caymanas Park on Saturday.

In the first race on a $180,000 claiming tag, Henry Harrison Jr claimed Princess Brianna for Michael Wray from Johnny Wilmot.

Differentgeneration was claimed from Dwight Chen by Steven Todd for himself; Hologram Shadow was claimed from Anthony Subratie by Marlon Anderson for Diamonds; Conclusion was taken from Gary Griffiths by Michael McIntosh for himself; Ocean Seeker was claimed by Wayne DaCosta for Elizabeth DaCosta from Fitzgerald Richards; Red Parrott was claimed from Wilfred Chin by Bernard Vincent for Faye Lee, and Moneyneversleep was claimed from Michael McIntosh by Johnny Wilmot for Carlton Watson from the 10th race. All these claims were made for $350,000.

MUIR SCORES FIRST WIN AFTER RETURN

Jockey Shamaree Muir won his first race since his return in October from a short riding stint in Canada, when he steered the Patrick Lynch-conditioned Diligent to victory in the fourth race over seven furlongs (1,400m) on Saturday.

Muir held the grey gelding just slightly off behind the leaders before making a telling move at the half-mile, going down into a striking position.

Diligent surrounded horses and powered away from the field in the straight, winning by a length and three quarters in 1:26.3 over Baby P (Anthony Thomas) and Coralando (Dane Nelson).

“The horse responded well and just went his own way to the wire. Winning races is always going to be good for you as a jockey. The more races you win is the more the trainers will see you and give you the rides,” Muir told the Supreme Racing Guide.

JOHNNY WILMOT CONTINUES GOOD FORM

It is without a doubt that conditioner Johnny Wilmot is having his best season since he started his career as a trainer at Caymanas Park in 2011.

Wilmot earned his first winner – Holiday Weekend – on September 27, 2014. For this season alone, Wilmot has so far saddled 17 winners.

His latest winner came on Saturday when Dane Nelson guided the Carlton Watson-owned Princess Brianna to victory in the opening event over six furlongs (1,200m).

Princess Brianna won by three and a half lengths in a time of 1:15.3. Second was Steve’s Real, with Timeforacat third.

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