A bolt of 'Lightning'

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Lightning Lily, in a dogged and determined manner, recorded her second consecutive win in the $1-million top-rated Overnight Allowance event at Caymanas Park yesterday.

After an encouraging win in high claiming ($550,000 - $500,000) on last, the four-year-old bay filly was even better this time as she held off the late challenge from Jamai Raja (Omar Walker) by a short head under a good ride from jockey Oneil Mullings. Lightning Lily covered the distance of six-and-a-half furlongs (1,300m) in 1:21.0.

It was the perfect start for Lightning Lily as she settled into fourth position as Lunar Rocket (Javaniel Patterson) blasted into the lead after a couple of strides over A.P.I. (Jerome Innis) and Crucial Appeal (Anthony Thomas).

With A.P.I. hooking reverse approaching the half-mile (800m), Lightning Lily took advantage by slipping into second before assuming the lead at the top of the lane.

And when it looked like Lightning Lily would be overhauled as six horses, spread across the track were coming at her, Mullings pushed harder and harder as Lightning Lily held on. Sarah Lee (Gary Richards) came through for third position.

In the days feature, the Henry Harrison Snr Memorial Cup over six-and-a-half furlongs (1,300m), 16-1 outsider Agnes T, ridden by Odeen Edwards got the job done. Agnes T, trained by Rowan Mathie, won ahead of Blood Song (Natalie Berger) and Willodeen (Linton Steadman).

It was the second winner on the card for Mathie as he earlier saddled Dezzy The Genius (Shane Ellis) in the fourth race.

Also, with two winners were trainer Steven Todd and jockey Anthony Thomas. Todd was successful with Chief Prospect (Phillip Parchment) in the third race and Milagro (Anthony Thomas) in the seventh race with Thomas booting home Lady Jaela in eighth race for his double.

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