Horse Racing

CHACE THE GREAT dances to the Reggae beat

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS
Observer writer

Friday, July 20, 2018

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After going winless in his last four outings, reigning sprint champion Chace The Great reignited the sparks with a blistering run to signal his return to form when winning the Reggae Trophy feature at Caymanas Park on Saturday (July 14, 2018).

It was expected that Chace The Great, after winning the Caribbean Sprint Championship last November and finishing fourth in the Diamond Mile a month later, would dominate the sprint races this season. However, the Dwight Chen trainee has found it difficult, until Saturday, to do so.

His third-place finish behind She's A Maneater over five-and-a-half furlongs (1,100m) when last at the races some seven weeks ago signalled that Chace The Great was coming to come. and that was confirmed with a 58.2 seconds clocking for the five furlongs (1,000m) straight on Saturday, showing that he is still the champion sprinter while carrying top weight of 55.0 kg (121 lb) with leading rider Anthony Thomas in the irons.

“I was very confident going into the race. This was not a difficult race to win as I have ridden this horse several times and I know him quite well. He was fit and ready to run, so all that I had to do was to keep him alert and when it was time, just ask him for his effort.

“This I did, after I was asked by the trainer to break evenly and stay close to the field, and on reaching the three-furlong point, I asked him to go. Chace The Great also seems to have in him many more races to win providing that he remains sound. He also showed that he has a lot of scope for further improvement,” Thomas told the Supreme Racing Guide.

From a level break, Chace The Great, exiting from barrier two, took a step behind Mr Universe to find firmer ground in centre track. From there he angled far right to get closer to the leader Siempre Bueno with Wesley Henry astride. Before entering the final 400 metres, it looked to be anybody's race. but when Thomas asked the sprint champion for an effort, he responded and came away from the field inside the final quarter to leave the rest to fight for the minors.

Siempre Bueno, who was installed the 8/5 favourite, finished best of the rest 1 lengths away with Money Magnet, who was two lengths farther back ridden by Dick Cardenas, and Mr Universe who was always in the mix was passed by late in the event by Money Magnet and completed the frame 2 lengths behind under Gary Richards.

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