Relampago wins 88th Jamaica St Leger


Sunday, July 06, 2014

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After his dramatic run in the Derby, Relampago proved that he is the best two-turn horse among his peer as he romped the 88th running of the Jamaica St Leger (sponsored by Insurance Company of the West Indies (ICWI)) at Caymanas Park yesterday.

Ridden by Shane Ellis for trainer Anthony Nunes, the bay colt by Seeking The Glory-Jettish by Eltish was sent off as the 7-5 second favourite in a small field of seven runners in the 2,000-metre event.

Raeven Renae, with Dick Cardenas in the saddle, was one-and-quarter lengths in second and Black Thorn (Dane Nelson) another 13 lengths in third with Talented Tony K, with Omar Walker up a disappointed fourth. The winning time was of 2:12:2 minutes.

As expected, Talented Tony K was sent to the lead with Black Thorn in second position and She's Plummy (Clive Lynch) in third position passing the winning post for the first time. As the small field sorted themselves out, Black Thorn drew alongside Talented Tony K with Relampago settled third position at the six-furlong point.

Walker then asked his mount to go, and Talented Tony K extended the lead as Ellis sent Relampago in chase with Raeven Renae on his outside approaching the final bend.

Turning for home, third positioned Raeven Renae pulled alongside Talented Tony K before she drew off at 250 metre-pole, who then looked like the winner at the furlong-pole. Ellis then produced his mount on the inside and the Elias Haloute-owned Relampagowent on for an emphatic win.

"The plan was a little different from when we won the Derby. Talented Tony K is obviously the lone speed in the race and so we planned to stay close in the pace, but Black Thorn took him on and that helped us so it was to the jockey to do his thing," trainer Nunes told the Sunday Observer.

Jockey Ellis said that the race played out in his favour and that he was happy with the win.

"We all thought that Talented Tony K was going to have an uncontested lead, but when I saw Nelson took him on I said 'yes'. I just waited and waited until it was the right time to move. When Dick (Cardenas) pulled alongside me his horse was going better than mine so I just kept working. It was a tight race but I am happy with the win," Ellis said.

Meanwhile, Walker who arrived in the island this morning for this raceday, wasted no time to get into the winners' enclosure. His win was aboard the Fitzgerald Richards-trained Never Give Up in the six race over 1,300 metres.

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