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Chace The Great confirms his sprinting superiority

Sunday, November 11, 2018

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After a below-par effort in the recent Cal's Tomato Ketchup Gold Cup, Chace The Great rebounded with a swagger winning the 31st running of the $2-million Glen Mills Caribbean Sprint Championship at Caymanas Park yesterday.

Chace The Great finished in fourth place by over six lengths behind Will In Charge in the Gold Cup over seven furlongs (1,400m), but going over a distance of six furlongs (1,200m) — his pet trip — the Dwight Chen trainee made no mistake in his two-and-three-quarter lengths win.

Chace The Great, who was winning this race for the second-consecutive year, bettered his 1:11.4 done last year by posting a 1:11.0 with dictating splits of 22.0 and 45.0.

When the starter sent the field of nine on their way after the scratch of Money Magnet, Mr Universe (Omar Walker) shot to the front over Peking Cruz (Dane Dawkins), with Dane Nelson holding Chace The Great just on the outside of Patriarch (Dick Cardenas) in third.

By the time the field turned for home, Chace The Great, who went four wide off the bend, was up with the leaders and when Nelson said go inside the final furlong (200m), the chestnut gelding collared Mr Universe and went on to score his second win for the season.

Mr Universe did well to hold on to second place with Peking Cruz getting third and Bimini (Linton Steadman) fourth.

“This horse is a really good horse. We got a good break and was close enough to the leaders, and from once the course was clear at the top of the lane, victory was always on the table. When I had asked him to run, he responded well and did the rest on his own. A very nice racehorse,” Nelson said after the race.

Chace The Great had also provided Chen with his 300th career winners.

— Ruddy Allen

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