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Chance ride spurs Devon A Thomas to double

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Friday, July 18, 2014    

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We do not hear about him that often nor do we see him in the winners' enclosure on a regular basis, but veteran jockey Devon A Thomas gave a gentle reminder of his riding skills with a superb double, El Patron and Change Him Name at Caymanas Park on Wednesday. Thomas first winner was a chance ride, the Paul Hylton - trained El Patron, who ran out an easy winner in the fifth race over 1,600 metres beating Supem Ago Happen (Dane Nelson) by seven-and-a-half lengths in 1:43:2 minutes. Thomas completed his double when he guided the Fitzgerald Richards - trained Change Him Name to victory in the eight race over 1,100 metres. Change Him Name got to the winning post just under a length over Javine (O'Brien White) and Hawkeye (Dane Nelson) in 1:08:3 minutes. Good to see this long time pigskin artisan reaping success.

ORAYNE SEWELL MAKING QUIET PROGRESS

Apprentice Orayne Sewell is one those young riders that is quietly bringing home the winners. He doesn't get a lot of rides but he is making good use of them. So far, he has ridden nine winners from 102 rides. He seems to be riding with more confidence and is looking better in the saddle. Sewell's latest winner came on Wednesday when he steered the Dennis Thwaites - trained Marine Drive to victory in the second race over 1,300 metres. Mr Sewell, you have been noticed.

JUDGE RHOODAL BENEFITS FROM CHANGE OF EQUIPMENT

Again a change of equipment seems to have made a difference. After coming to the wicket three times without success, the Wilfred Chin - trained Justice Rhoodal released the maiden tag with a noticeable change of equipment on Wednesday. Justice Rhoodal faced the started without the blinkers and with the visor, and it was quite a different story going over the five straight course. Ridden by Kuri Powell, the grey gelding won handily by one - and - a -quarter lengths over Classic Vogue (Dane Nelson) in 1:02:4 minutes. Congrats to the connections for making the change and the victory.

It's My Birthday, after eight starts finally found the winning post in front but only after as stirring stretch duel with All That Matters. Ridden by champion jockey Dane Nelson It's My Birthday locked horns with All That Matters ridden by Shane Ellis from the top of the straight (Shane Ellis) with neither rider giving an quarter. With those at the track cheering on in earnest, Nelson was just able to pip Ellis on the line to provide trainer Neive Graham with his second winner for the year.

We do not hear about him that often nor do we see him in the winners' enclosure on a regular basis, but veteran jockey Devon A Thomas gave a gentle reminder of his riding skills with a superb double, El Patron and Change Him Name at Caymanas Park on Wednesday. Thomas first winner was a chance ride, the Paul Hylton - trained El Patron, who ran out an easy winner in the fifth race over 1,600 metres beating Supem Ago Happen (Dane Nelson) by seven-and-a-half lengths in 1:43:2 minutes. Thomas completed his double when he guided the Fitzgerald Richards - trained Change Him Name to victory in the eight race over 1,100 metres. Change Him Name got to the winning post just under a length over Javine (O'Brien White) and Hawkeye (Dane Nelson) in 1:08:3 minutes. Good to see this long time pigskin artisan reaping success.

ORAYNE SEWELL MAKING QUIET PROGRESS

Apprentice Orayne Sewell is one those young riders that is quietly bringing home the winners. He doesn't get a lot of rides but he is making good use of them. So far, he has ridden nine winners from 102 rides. He seems to be riding with more confidence and is looking better in the saddle. Sewell's latest winner came on Wednesday when he steered the Dennis Thwaites - trained Marine Drive to victory in the second race over 1,300 metres. Mr Sewell, you have been noticed.

JUDGE RHOODAL BENEFITS FROM CHANGE OF EQUIPMENT

Again a change of equipment seems to have made a difference. After coming to the wicket three times without success, the Wilfred Chin - trained Justice Rhoodal released the maiden tag with a noticeable change of equipment on Wednesday. Justice Rhoodal faced the started without the blinkers and with the visor, and it was quite a different story going over the five straight course. Ridden by Kuri Powell, the grey gelding won handily by one - and - a -quarter lengths over Classic Vogue (Dane Nelson) in 1:02:4 minutes. Congrats to the connections for making the change and the victory.

NELSON PIPS ELLIS IN STIRRING STRETCH DUEL

It's My Birthday, after eight starts finally found the winning post in front but only after as stirring stretch duel with All That Matters. Ridden by champion jockey Dane Nelson It's My Birthday locked horns with All That Matters ridden by Shane Ellis from the top of the straight (Shane Ellis) with neither rider giving an quarter. With those at the track cheering on in earnest, Nelson was just able to pip Ellis on the line to provide trainer Neive Graham with his second winner for the year.

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