Horse Racing

A mere formality

Well-bred three-year-old filly Miss Formality starts with easy win

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Friday, March 16, 2018

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Miss Formality, a full sister to the talented Boy Wonder, gave a good show of her talent on debut last Saturday (March 10, 2018) when she romped her maiden race, a six-furlong (1,200m) event.

While there is no doubt that Miss Formality provided something for pundits to think about, her trainer, champion Wayne DaCosta, believes that his charge's possible Classic involvement will be decided within the next six weeks.

The three-year-old chestnut filly by TraditionalJamaican Dream took control of the maiden special weight event from the half mile (800m) and easily brushed aside her other 14 rivals by four-and-a-half lengths on a common canter in the end.

Although the time of 1:14.0 for the distance was way behind other horses already pointed towards the Classic races, the manner of victory suggests the possibility of more to come.

“When all is said and done it was a good performance by Miss Formality. She never got much work coming into the race as she had developed sore shins during the last two weeks of her preparation. So, we basically had to tone her down; that is, tone down her exercise routine a bit and not give her too much hard work, but she is definitely a class horse and so let's see where we go from here.

“If she comes out of the race today (Saturday) sore, then we might have to give her a rest and deal with the problem. We are still doubtful about the Classic races. I mean, she has a lot of potential, but whether she can get over her sore shin within six weeks is left to be seen. With some horses it heals quickly when you pin-fire them and some take much longer, so let's see where we are after six weeks,” DaCosta told The Supreme Racing Guide.

Ridden by Omar Walker, Miss Formality raced in third position behind Super Mal (Mellisa Ward) and Crucial Treasure (Javaniel Patterson) at the off, but immediately took over proceedings running the half-mile (800m) turn.

Under a snug wrap turning for home, Miss Formality simply powered home for her maiden victory. Peggy's Vision (Shane Ellis) came running on the best of the rest for second place with Herecomestheboss (Dane Dawkins) third and Miss In Kiss (Aaron Chatrie) fourth.

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