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THE ANALYSIS – THE AWARDS for Saturday, October 12, 2019

… a day when favourites dominated, exotics spoilt by 42-1

BY WES MARTIN
Observer contributor

Friday, October 18, 2019

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With 128 declarations, the Saturday programme appeared to present a serious challenge to the prediction of the results, but this materialised only in races 11 and 12.

The feature was the 11th, a memorial trophy event which reminded us that Vassell “Jolly Man” Najair was killed in tragic circumstances when a year ago he was charged by an unruly horse and died in the narrow walkway between the club-stand and grandstand.

In the opening event, odds-on favourite Bullet Raj on this rare occasion was slow to react to the demand of leaving the starting gates promptly. Conversely, 3/1 chance Lady V (Dane Dawkins) abandoned her slowly-into-stride pattern to score by over three lengths.

Anthony Nunes' short-priced favourite Adonis (Reyan Lewis) sprinted to the front inside the last 200 metres in the day's second to commence a series of victories for favourites and a couple of other well-fancied ones right through to the 10th event.

Trained by Johnny Wilmot, Uncle Wal (Omar Walker) at even money never had his early lead threatened seriously for the remainder of the 1300-metres gallop at any stage and was two lengths clear at the line in the third event.

Trainer Junior Small's Prince Dominic (Shane Ellis) survived a collision that nearly sent his jockey airborne 800 metres out to secure the fourth.

Half an hour later it was the turn of the Wayne DaCosta-trained American Invader (Raddesh Roman) to continue the winning favourite trend in landing the fifth, the rider also won the 12th.

The trainer, for his double, gave jockey Omar Walker his second trip to winners' enclosure when Rojorn Di Pilot outsprinted his field in the afternoon's eighth.

Owned and trained by Raymond Townsend Big Black Nation started at 2/1 co-favourite and was strongest in beating similarly backed Jamaican Storm and Photogenic in the sixth to give the improving apprentice Roger Hewitt his first of two on the day.

There was clear confirmation that racing luck is a special phenomenon as Shane Ellis following his extraordinarily skilful reaction to stay aboard Prince Dominic in the fourth and his victory on the Rowan Mathie-trained odds-on favourite Dezzy The Genius' triumphed in the seventh.

The general consensus, even among some backers of the winner was that Dezzy The Genius should have been disqualified for jumping to the left at the start which sent the nose of Free Marie, drawn on his inside, to within a few centimetres of the racing surface.

Shifting to his left 1000 metres from the finish, there was a case to be made that Dezzy The Genius also forced Queenoftheharbour into the path of Mirablis causing the latter to lose ground, exceeding the near two-length deficit as runner-up. This was a lenient interpretation of what constitutes a fair result, but the race day operation stewards, subject to appeal, exercised a discretion which is their right.

Hewitt had his second when Awesome Glitter was always clear in the ninth for owner/breeder/trainer Michael Beecham while Michael Marlowe's Nala's Bushman outstayed 10 rivals in the 10th to give Prince Holder a winner, the jockey's first for 2019 from his 25th attempt.

Out for her 15th start of the season, the Gary Subratie-conditioned hard-knocking four-year-old filly My Sister with an impressive turn of finishing speed overtook odds-on Mr Universe inside the last 100 metres to score victory by nearly two lengths for jockey Dane Dawkins' second on the day.

In the closing event, Donovan Russell's El Gringo led, and his field in trouble early, ran well inside the last 200 metres to score by nearly two lengths. Russell takes credit for the first-time declaration of blinkers.

THE AWARDS

The Training Feat Award is presented to Gary Subratie for his conditioning of My Sister to win the feature and Best Winning Gallop accolade to the filly as well. Dane Dawkins was outstanding tactically as he kept My Sister off the strong early pace taking her wide at the top of the stretch to ensure a clear run at the leaders and therefore earns the Jockeyship Award.


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