Horse Racing

CHACE THE GREAT – Next major objective the Caribbean Sprint Championship

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Friday, September 01, 2017

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After a superb sprinting display by the talented chestnut gelding Chace The Great in the 10th running of the $1.5- million Seek Exercise Book Trophy feature last Saturday, trainer Dwight Chen revealed that his main focus is to prepare his charge for the Caribbean Sprint Championship to be run at Caymanas Park in early November.

The GreatnessOur Miss Ruth colt , who benefited from a brilliant ride by jockey Wesley Henry, led every step of the way in a length-and-a-quarter win in the Grade Two event for Open Allowance horses over six-and-a-half furlongs (1,300m). Chace The Great stopped the clock in 1:18.4, chipping splits of 23.0 and 45.4 and 1:11.0.

“I think that Chace The Great is one of the best sprinters around. He has had his problems running out in deep stretch, but I think I have sorted that out with the use of the one-cup blinkers, and he is now on the go.

“For the future, you have the Caribbean Sprint Championship coming up on Superstakes Day and other sprint races coming up, so we are going to take it one step at a time,” Chen told The Supreme Racing Guide.

Last year Chace The Great finished third in the Caribbean Sprint Championship behind Campesino and Buzz Nightmare going six furlongs (1,200m), behind a winning time of 1:10.4.

On Saturday , Chace The Great broke quickest and assumed the early lead over Action Man (Jemar Jackson), Choo Choo Blue (Omar Walker) and Gary Glitter (Oneil Scott).

He maintained his steady gallop until leaving the half-mile (800m) when Henry decided to send him home. Chace The Great responded well and turned on the pressure in deep stretch going away from his rivals.

The late-finishing Choo Choo Blue finished in second money ahead of Phineas (Dane Dawkins) with Another Bullet (Shane Ellis) completing the frame.

“It was an OK performance to me. I mean, he did enough to win. He ran his race, as there was no plan coming into the event. I just left it to the jockey and he rode his race. All I told him was to get a good break and that was it. Most race fans know that Henry is particularly good with riding leaders, and he did really well. I am very happy for him and, of course, the performance of my horse, Chace The Great, who has really advanced as a four-year-old,” said Chen.

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