Sport

A flying win for Marvin

Royal Aviator leaves trainer Campbell in seventh heaven

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Friday, February 02, 2018



Marvin Campbell became the third of the new trainers that had their graduation recently to hold the distinction of winning a race when his three-year-old bay colt Royal Aviator crossed the finishing line in front in a maiden special weight event on Wednesday over seven furlongs (1,400m). The other two new trainers who celebrated victory before Campbell were Anthony Dixon and Junior Small.

The improving Oneil Scott, who got the leg up on Royal Aviator, broke the bay colt in mid-pack as Jacko Links (Javaniel Patterson) led the field ahead of Giaconda (Dick Cardenas) and Yaya's Dream (Omar Walker).

Approaching the half mile (800m) turn, Scott was still waiting to make his move aboard Royal Aviator, as Jacko Links continued to set the pace now ahead of Daddy's Dilemma (Wesley Henry) and Yaya's Dream breathing down his neck. Royal Aviator began to round horses approaching the final bend.

Turning for home, Peggy's Vision (Shane Ellis) picked up the running over Yaya's Dream. Scott produced his mount and Royal Aviator responded well and powered between rivals to win going away by five and a half lengths. Anna Lisa (Dane Dawkins) came on to take second place ahead of Peggy's Vision and Giaconda. The final recorded time was 1:26.3.

“This feeling of winning is more than what words can explain. It is a good feeling to have won my very first race as a trainer. It is wonderful and amazing, and I am just happy and grateful for this victory. I hope that this is the start of many winners to come,” a tearful Campbell said.

Commenting on the performance of Royal Aviator, the winning trainer said that he was confident coming into the race as he knew his charge would run well and get the job done.

“From early out he has been showing me that he has Classic potential. I mean, after he had finished in second position the second time out over a mile, I started to gain confidence. and what's more, at the time of his second outing, I think that I had put him down a little bit too long.

“He came back and ran fifth the other day and then worked brilliantly the other morning coming into to this race, thereby leading me to think that I had a very good chance of winning,” he said.

When asked about the upcoming Classic races, Campbell said: “He (Royal Aviator) is a nice horse and he is showing me that he can stay…that he can get a distance of ground, and so we will be looking ahead towards the Classics with him.”

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