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The Review – The Analysis for Saturday, November 2, 2019

BY WES MARTIN
Contributor

Friday, November 08, 2019

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The latest financial report of Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited's (SVREL) parent company Supreme Ventures Limited indicates that losses on horse racing operations accumulated from start-up on March 11, 2017, to March 31, 2019 exceeded $6.0 million.

However, with plans to expand the market overseas, there is calculated optimism on the part of the principal investors that economic viability will materialise for the promoting company going forward. The idea of starting the programme with a competitive field was compromised in terms of expected higher sales with the early 11:35 am opening post time.

Four horses were backed at odds of under 3/1 and the close finish provided convincing confirmation of the race's competitiveness.

Five Star found the lead at the top of the home stretch but was pursued relentlessly by Twilight Dreams who got on terms late to dead heat for second as both fell prey to the strong, late flourish of Night Light (Ruja Lahoe) who arrived in the final two strides for trainer Kingsley Davis.

Trainer Richard Azan's patience was rewarded when Milkman (Robert Halledeen) returning gelded from a seven- month hiatus virtually made all in a moderate field of maidens to land the second by two-and-ahalf lengths.

Odds-on favourite Ratio (Shane Ellis) failed by a neck to get on terms with the lesser fancied 9/1 chance Heart of Rome (Osive Donegal) for trainer Cashbert Khwalsingh.

Breeder/trainer Louis Richard could hardly contain his pleasure when Omar Walker (first of his two wins), induced the speedy little filly She's A Hit on her debut to lead and remain clear of her field of juvenile counterparts in the fourth.

In race five, Division II of this divided race for two-yearolds, Wayne DaCosta's Fearless Champion (Omar Walker) was five lengths superior to his nearest rival at the finish for leading owner Carlton Watson to have consecutive trips to the winners' enclosure when his Cruising Motion won the sixth.

In fact, race six was an opportunity for Johnny Wilmot's Cruising Motion to demonstrate that he was superior to a field of next to lowest priced claimers with veteran reinsman Phillip Parchment earning his 18th winning mount proving that he is up to the task of having a good season after being sidelined with a hand injury for nearly two months earlier in the year.

Highly rated apprentice Reyan Lewis had mixed fortunes on the day when Phineas, turned out by long-serving trainer Randolph Scott won the seventh by nine lengths.

However, Lewis had a significant change of luck when his ride on Anthony Nunes' Adonis was deemed to be imperfect by the Operation Stewards resulting in the disqualification of his mount for interference and the race subsequently awarded to Taranis ridden by apprentice Roger Hewitt for trainer Andrew McDonald.

Nunes would have felt a little relief from the trauma of his champion trainer title chase when Lewis was as smart as ever in switching Prince Charles off the rails 200 metres out to deliver a successful challenge to long-time leader, Alford Brown's Trevors's Choice in the afternoon's 10th event to score by a length-and-a-half for the rider's double on the day, giving the promising young reinsman his 65th win of the racing year.

Trainer Fitznahum Williams turned out the enigmatic fouryear- old filly Reggae Gone Grammy in superb condition to rediscover her ability to race in the front rank, scoring comfortably after being eased by a length-and-a-half for Dane Dawkins in the ninth and feature Flossie McNeil Memorial Cup.

Apprentice Matthew Bennett had his slice of luck when given the opportunity to replace declared rider, apprentice Daniel Satchell for owner/ trainer Fitzgerald Richards on Sacrifice.

Bennett then delivered an accomplished performance to wear down long-time leader Alexa's Star (Christopher Mamdeen) by three parts of a length in the 11th and closing event.

THE AWARDS

The daily Training Feat Award is presented to Fitznahum Williams for his job with Reggae Gone Grammy, to the filly (Reggae Gone Grammy) the Best Winning Gallop Award for a flawless performance and the Jockeyship Award to Bennett for his outstanding handling of the inconsistent Sacrifice, a horse with which he had no prior familiarity.


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