Uncle Taf, Saint Cecelia on point
ON a most eventful day of racing, Owen and Solomon Sharpe's promising colt Uncle Taf sprinted to victory in the eighth running of the Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) $2,950,000 Cash Pot "Only One For Me" Trophy (gr1) first leg of the $11.7 million Triple Crown Series for native-bred two-year-olds at Caymanas Park yesterday.
The victory also brought up the 600th winners for Omar Walker, a four-time champion jockey when riding for 11-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta.
Earlier Saint Cecelia, the champion sprinter and reigning Horse Of The Year, ridden by Shane Ellis for trainer Spencer Chung, won the prestigious $1,18,000,000 None Such Sprint (gr1) beating Mismyrtleboyrichie by 3 1/4 lengths.
The six-year-old chestnut mare by Burning Marque ran 1200 metres in a time of 1:11.1 and registered her ninth consecutive win. Mismyrtlebotrichie was ridden by Walker.
Trained by Owen, who is also part owner, Uncle Taf, in only the second, outing ran 1,200m in 1:12.4.
Installed the 6-5 favourite and ridden by Walker, Uncle Taf beat Hover Craft, the 5-2 chance ridden by leading jockey Dane Nelson, by 1 3/4 lengths to maintain his unbeaten run. Engaging filly Alison, the 2-1 second favourite ridden by Aaron Chatrie who brought them in the lane and looked the likely winner before Walker produced Uncle Taf entering the final 200m, was third, with Perfect Neighbour completing the frame under champion jockey Dick Cardenas at odds of 7-2.