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Bubbling Angeline lands Thornbird Stakes

BY RUDDY ALLEN

Sunday, March 16, 2014    

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WITH the absence of the 2013 Horse-of-the-Year Princess Popstar due to a strained muscle, stable-companion Bubbling Angeline seized the opportunity and romped to victory in the feature Thornbird Stakes over 1,400 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.

It was believed that Princess Popstar would use this race as her prep for the next month's 1,000 Guineas, but she had a slight setback and was forced out of the race, and it turned out to be a stroll in the park for her stablemate. Ridden by Winston 'Fanna' Griffiths, Bubbling Angeline broke on top and never looked back. Cruising nicely without any real competition passing the 400-metre pole, Queen Paula (Orlando Foster) tried to raise a challenge, but when Griffiths asked the Phillip Feanny-trained three-year-old chestnut filly to go turning for home, she responded well and drew clear of her five rivals to win by eight lengths. Queen Paula held on for second, with Also Correct (Dick Cardenas) in third.

Bubbling Angeline covered 1,400 metres in a moderate 1:27:3 minutes.

"No race is easy, but she (Bubbling Angeline) ran well, she ran as expected and she came out of the race good," Feanny said.

Bubbling Angeline closed a double for Feanny and owner Hamark Farms, who had earlier won with Reasonable Press (Orlando Foster) in the eighth race.

"There is not much to say as she ran well and I did expect her to win. The time wasn't bad as she is on the improve," Griffiths told the Jamaica Observer.

Meanwhile, the free-running Uppa Tune destroyed a good field in an Open Allowance race for three-year-olds and upwards over 1,820 metres. Ridden by Richard Mitchell, the Ian Parsard-trained five-year-old bay horse by Concorde's Tune-Uppa Hughie by Secret Prince produced a gate-to-wire performance, winning by all of 13 lengths from Exotic Gold (Shamaree Muir) and Military Move (Paul Francis) in a fast time of 1:56:3 minutes.

Two-time defending champion jockey Dane Nelson was not to be left out as he rode two winners on the 10-race programme to join Dick Cardenas at the top of the jockeys' standing with 22 winners each. Cardenas was winless.

Nelson's winners were Black Thorn in the second race for trainer Patrick Chang, and the Richard Azan-trained Diamond Princess in the fifth race, both for owner WB Racing.

Racing continues today with the 23rd running of the Prince Consort Stakes, the final major prep race for the three-year-old colts and geldings leading up to the 2,000 Guineas in early April.

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