Right move by 'Military'
MILITARY Move had to survive a steward's inquiry to remain the winner of the Jamaica Racehorse Owners' Association Trophy race on another Sunday raceday at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Trained by Lawrence Freemantle, with Shane Ellis doing duties in the saddle, Military Move took up the lead in the 10-furlong event at the top of the straight before thwarting a challenge from favourite Raging Prospect (Dane Neslon). Inside the last furlong of the event, Ellis switched his whip from his left hand to his right and sharply went over to the rails where Nelson and Raging Prospect were making their run. The incident, to many race-goers on hand, appeared to be sufficient enough to halt the momentum of Raging Prospect, but stewards thought otherwise.
So it was Military Move the winner, Raging Prospect second, and Hombre third. The margins were one-and-a-half lengths by five-and-a-half lengths and the winning time 2:09.1 minutes.
The co-feature on the card, the Sunny Side Stakes for two-year-old maidens, was won by the Anthony Nunes-trained 12-1 outsider Hija De Reina.
With her run timed to perfection by jockey Shane Ellis, the chestnut filly out of Traditional-La Reina by Pat n Jac was fractionally kept off the pace before she slipped from the pack coming into home stretch and moved away from rivals Raeven Renae (J Erwin) who finished second with TheKidIsNotMySon (Trevor Simpson) a close-up third. They covered the 1,100 metres in a respectable time of 1:09.1 minutes.
The race was, however, marred when horse number one Fiftyonestorm (Michael Grant) moved abruptly from the rails causing the jockey of number 10, Magic City, Richard Lunan, to fall, but he did not receive any major injury. The interference caused by Fiftyonestorm also ruined the chances of the big favourite in the event, Miss Juanita (Dick Cardenas), who was severely hampered.
In the battle to become champion jockey, Omar Walker made a statement of purpose, as he rode four winners to be just two winners behind champion Dane Nelson, who started the day six winners in front.
(See yesterday's horse racing results on Page 58)