Horse Racing

Azaria makes strong Cash Pot statement

Friday, October 06, 2017

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With the first race in the ultra-rich Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) Two-Year-Old series — the Cash Pot 'Only One For Me' Trophy — just around the corner, the Gary Griffiths-trained Azaria entered the reckoning with a telling run in a maiden special weight event last Saturday.

The Cash Pot 'Only One For Me' Trophy is set for October 14 and will be run over six furlongs (1,200m) for a purse of $3.25 million.

When the starter let them go in the six-furlong (1,200m) event on Saturday, Azaria ( Forest Danger Milestone), ridden by the capable Aaron Chatrie, was the penultimate horse to leave the starting gates, as the fractious Dreamingofanna (Anthony Thomas) dashed into the early lead over Acapella (Dane Dawkins), with Woodhouse (Shane Ellis) on the outside of Free Marie (Oneil Mullings).

Even at the half-mile (800m) when the pace increased and Sacrifice (Jemar Jackson) took over, Azaria was still among the back markers and only picked up the pace approaching the final bend.

Turning for home in sixth position when all seemed lost, Chatrie continued to urge his mount. Azaria came with a strong run inside the final furlong (200m) to beat Woodhouse by a length and a half, going away in sloppy underfoot conditions. Free Marie held well for third place ahead of the fast-finishing Lovely Day, under Omar Walker.

The winning time was a reasonable 1:15.3, considering the soggy racetrack. The splits were 23.2 and 48.3 seconds.

Griffiths said that he was always confident that his charge would get the job done despite her poor start in the 11-horse field.

“I think it was a very good run. The performance by Azaria, the first time of asking, was really good. It was just that she missed the break and then she coupled up at the half-mile and took her time getting into stride.

“From I saw her rounding horses at the two and a half furlongs (500m), I knew that she would get there in time because she can really run. She is talented and she is capable. We will just have to wait and see how she progresses. In the mornings she showed a lot of talent in her workouts.

“We are definitely looking at the SVL Two-Year-Old series, but we will have to wait and see if she can make the first one (Cash Pot 'Only One For Me' Trophy) because of the timing and thing. It [the race] is just two weeks away from today (Saturday),” Griffiths shared with The Supreme Racing Guide.

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