Horse Racing

Singapore's richest horse race draws Chinese elite

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SINGAPORE, Singapore (AFP) -- Singapore's richest horse race debuted two Sundays ago with hundreds of wealthy mainland Chinese in attendance, raising organisers' hopes that their growing interest in the sport would fuel a regional circuit. The Sg$3.05 million (US$2.44 million) China Equine Cultural ... Read More

Wings of
Hope with Omar
Walker heads back
to the winners’
enclosure after
winning on debut. Racing Guide March 3,2015
PHOTO: SEEKING MY DREAM ELLIS SHANE -2 FEB 28 CAPTION - Seeking My Dream (Shane Ellis) running out ... Read More

Tooting Kat with Dane Nelson Six horses claimed on saturday
SIX HORSES CLAIMED ON SATURDAY Six horses were claimed on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park on ... Read More

A section of the crowd at Caymanas Park on Saturday. Favourites dominate
Favourites dominated on Saturday at Caymanas Park, winning nine of the 10 races on offer. The day ... Read More

All the 'buzz'


Nightmare (Ian
Spence) winning
easily on debut.

THE Two Penyu-owned Buzz Nightmare sent a strong signal to his peers in the campaign for the upcoming native-bred three-year-olds Classic races. The signal is that he is fast and even at this stage he has class. With the rarely used Ian 'Dolly Baby' Spence on board, Buzz Nightmare (Into Mischief - Queen of Battle), racing over five and a half furlongs (1,100 metres), flew from the starting gates and just kept going further and further away from his rivals without his rider even using the whip. ... Read More

Boy Wonder comes of age

BY RUDDY ALLEN OBSERVER STAFF WRITER | Tuesday, March 03, 2015    

Boy Wonder (Omar Walker) defeating stable companion Potcheen with O'Brien White.

Boy Wonder more than proved his worth among the 'big horses' with a compelling run in the Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy at Caymanas Park on Saturday. Facing Graded Stakes company for the first time, Boy Wonder, piloted by Omar Walker, was a bit tardy when the gates opened but quickly glided down the rails to take the lead after two furlongs of the six-and-a-half furlong event. Thereafter despite the late burst of stablemate Potcheen, Boy Wonder was never challenged. The final time of 1:18.2 ... Read More

Boy Wonder obliges in Eileen Cliggott feature

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer Racing writer | Sunday, March 01, 2015    

Boy Wonder, under Omar Walker, leads home Potcheen (O’Brien white up) in
the Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy at Caymanas Park yesterday.

In what only can be described as an outstanding performance, Boy Wonder prevailed the first time of asking over Grade One horses, beating stable companions Potcheen and Uppa Tune by one-and-a-half lengths in the Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy at Caymanas Park yesterday. In the process, the Curragh Jamaica Agency-owned Boy Wonder has registered his sixth consecutive victory, and his second for the season and eighth overall from nine starts in a one-two-three finish for trainer Harry Parsard in ... Read More

The cast is off

BY RUDDY ALLEN OBSERVER STAFF REPORTER | Friday, February 27, 2015    

Muir at home
with the cast
from his right
leg. (PHOTO:

Jockey Shamaree Muir said that he plans to resume active riding after having the cast removed from his leg before the Classic races begin on April 4 (1000 Guineas). Muir broke his right ankle early last month while on the exercise track. "I am coming on well at the moment. I am taking time with my ankle as I have to be physically and mentally ready when I make my comeback to competitive race riding. I am pretty sure that I will be back in the saddle before any of the Classic races start," Muir ... Read More

What they say! - Claudius Smith

Friday, February 27, 2015    

Claudius Smith

When did you start your career as a groom? My career as a groom started in 2010 at the stables of trainer Anthony Smith. I was involved in the sport from a younger age as my father (Claude) is a groom, while my brother (Craig Thompson) and nephew (Jeremiah Ramsay) are both blacksmiths. Which horse was your first winner? My first winner was Cantare ridden by Dane Nelson for trainer Wayne DaCosta. I was so happy that day to win my first race. Cantare was running some good races and was very fit ... Read More

From the horse's mouth

Friday, February 27, 2015    

Kronus (Dane Nelson) just getting the job done over Action Man (Prince Holder).

KRONUS FINALLY COMES GOOD The three-year-old bay colt Kronus, who has been knocking at the door, finally found the winning post in front. Ridden by Dane Nelson and trained by Richard Azan, Kronus (Liquidity - Surface To Air) was a three-quarter-length winner over Action Man (Prince Holder) and Superluminal (Omar Walker) in a maiden condition event going over 1,700 metres. The winning time was 1:48:0 minutes. THREE HORSES CLAIMED ON WEDNESDAY Three horses were claimed on the nine-race programm ... Read More

Complete Racing Guide - Photos

Friday, February 27, 2015    

Jockey Ryan Nelson, after scoring a rare win on Prince Kayton, heads back to scales. 
Trainer Lorne Kirlew (in number 7 shirt) does a victory jig following the win of his charge Miss Addi.


Jockey Ryan Nelson, after scoring a rare win on Prince Kayton, heads back to scales. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Trainer Lorne Kirlew (in number 7 shirt) does a victory jig following the win of his charge Miss Addi. Deo Volente (Robert Halledeen) easily dispatches Bold Aviator in Wednesday's third race. This man is well armed with his copy of the Jamaica Observer. Trainer Stephen Todd (right) and jockey Jodeien Anderson exchange thoughts in Parade Ring. Complete Racing Guide - Photos --> ... Read More


Friday, February 27, 2015    

Former four-time champion jockey Omar Walker (right) warmly greets children from the St Andrew Prep Cub Scouting Pack on their field trip visit to Caymanas Park on Wednesday. (PHOTO: Joseph Wellington) WALKER AND CHILDREN --> Read More

Kronus makes no mistake

Thursday, February 26, 2015    

Kronus (#1) is being pushed out by Dane Nelson to get the better of Action Man (Prince Holder
astride) in a maiden condition three-year-old event at Caymanas Park yesterday.

Kronus staked his credentials for the upcoming Classic races by scoring a fighting win in a maiden condition race going over the testing distance of 1,700 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. The Richard Azan-conditioned three-year-old bay colt, who proved no match for the classy filly Waheed Najmah as the 2-5 howling favourite on his last outing over 1,200 metres, made no mistake this time in a lesser quality 11-horse field. With Dane Nelson in the irons, Kronus, after turning back the challeng ... Read More

Kronus to finally come good

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Wednesday, February 25, 2015    

Dane Nelson (left)
who was listed as the
rider for Willie
Goldsmith in the fifth
race on Sunday and
Paul Francis (Lady
Abhijita) share a light
moment as they make
the walk back to the
jockeys' room.

A fairly well put together midweek card is on at Caymanas Park today. Without a prescribed feature and the three-year-old classic season not far off, the nine-race card is structured to allow expectant three-year-olds to come into focus with a testing run for maidens going 1,700 metres for purse of $715,000. Slotted into at an approximate post at 2:20 pm with first post at 12:45 pm, the event has provided a number of slow-getting-there individuals to shape up. Among them is the Richard Azan-tr ... Read More



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