Awesome Destiny does it for the fans

New trainer Junior Small wins first race but later disqualified

Tuesday, January 02, 2018



Despite being blocked in deep stretch, Awesome Destiny, the beneficiary of brave and uncompromising ride from apprentice Dane Dawkins, was able to navigate her way around horses to beat Donate by half a length in the $1-million Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment (SVREL) Fan Appreciation Day Trophy feature (nine furlongs and 25 yards), at Caymanas Park yesterday.

The five-year-old, dark bay, American-bred mare, who raced off the pace in the Overnight Allowance event for most of the way on the inside rails, turned for home on the heels of the leaders and at one point Awesome Destiny looked as if she was going to power through, but the Gary Subratie-trained mare was squeezed for space.

With Dontae (Dick Cardenas) rounding horses at the furlong (200m) pole and looking all over the winner, Dawkins switched his mount wide on the outside and Awesome Destiny got up in the nick of time to beat Donate in a thrilling drive to the line. Dysfunctional (Oneil Mullings), who was prominent throughout the entire race, finished in third spot ahead of the fast-finishing Timeforarms (Anthony Thomas) in fourth.

Awesome Destiny was timed in 1:54.4 behind splits 26.2, 51.0, 1:15.2 and 1:41.1.

Newly graduated trainer Anthony Dixon was the toast of the Park when he won his first career race, after Dane Nelson steered his Moneyneversleep to a six-and-a-quarter length victory in the $1-million McKay Security Limited Trophy over nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m). Moneyneversleep won ahead of Richie's Pik and He'sthereal Links in 2:02.0. Nelson earlier rode Storm in the sixth race to victory for trainer Wayne DaCosta, to score a double on the day.

It was not the same for another new trainer, Junior Small who received a rather difficut and heavy start to his career. It was all joy and celebration for Small after his charge, Cup O Tea (Kerry-Gayl Robinson) went by the post in first position in the eighth race. Then came the flash on the board of a stewards' inquiry. After long deliberations, Cup O Tea was disqualified for causing interference and had her number taken down.

Also riding two winners on the 10-race card were apprentices Oniel Scott and Shane Ellis. Scott won aboard Willodeen in the second race for trainer Johnny Wilmot and Diligent for owner/trainer Patrick Lynch in the New Year's Day Trophy over six and a half furlongs (1,300m).

Ellis was aboard Markofaprince for trainer Dale Murphy in the fourth race and A Vessel Of Love for Lawrence Freemantle in the 10th.

Racing continues on Saturday.

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