Horse Racing

Campesino – a victory rightly earned in the stewards' room

Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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AFTER two previous moderate runs this season, former sprint champion Campesino earned his first win for the new campaign and 18th overall in an Open Allowance event, following the disqualification of winner Nuclear Flight on Wednesday, February 13.

It was a spectacle-filled five-straight (1,000m) event including bumps and spurts from left to right, from beginning to end.

Nuclear Flight, ridden by Dane Dawkins, won the event but had her colours taken down by the stewards after causing interference to Peking Cruz (Simon Husbands) in deep stretch, with the race awarded to Campesino, ridden by Omar Walker and trained by Philip Feanny. This was a very rare, if not the first time, Walker has ever ridden a winner for Feanny.

Nuclear Flight was in control of the race from the start, but when they came across the dummy rail, Dawkins drew for his whip and the filly, who had looked unsettled from the start, swerved to the left. While swerving to the left, Nuclear Flight slammed into Peking Cruz, clearly disturbing the latter's part.

Nuclear Flight eventual won the race, with Campesino, out-battling Peking Cruz for second place. The final time was 58.3.

The announcement from the stewards was that Nuclear Flight was disqualified for causing interference and intimidation to Peking Cruz at the two-furlong (400m) marker.

Although gifted with the win, it was another consistent run by Campesino, who has been out of the frame only four times in his last 38 outings. Campesino has a total of 60 career starts.

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