Four Things You May Have Missed Saturday, September 8, 2018

BY THE RIDER

Friday, September 14, 2018

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IS A SHOWDOWN ON THE CARDS?

1 – She's A Maneater clocked a time of 1:10.3 for six furlongs (1,200 metres) on Saturday when winning the None Such Sprint. Rapidly improving imported filly Hilly's Halo who thus far is not on the list of 25 top earners for the Diamond Mile, interestingly, turned over the clock at 1:10.4 for six furlongs. So, is there a possible rivalry developing between the two 'ladies'? Only time will tell, but what a possible feast of racing is developing!

2 – “CHAMPO” IS BACK – BEWARE

After his fall and subsequent injuries in the last quarter of last year, champion jockey Omar Walker made a tentative return to the saddle. Many were saying that he lacked the fight, the strength and indeed the will to make that extra push to win. It was obvious by his riding style that Walker was doubtful and unwilling to take chances, he preferred to go wide instead of moving to the inside rails especially going around the turn. As a result, Walker limited himself to just rides from the stables of trainer Wayne DaCosta. Then a change was made, Walker replaced his agent and suddenly more rides came his way, and so did the winners. On Saturday he rode a triple, Cue Three, She's A Maneater and Hover Craft, the latter ride by Walker was truly something to behold. “Champo” is back to his best, beware!

3 - ANTHONY THOMAS AND THE 'BUG'

Apprentice Anthony Thomas is the leading rider by far at this time. He has, mainly, by his good manners and dint of hard work, developed his stocks and is almost certain to win the jockey's championship, yet over the last two or three race meets, Thomas' strong presence in the winners' enclosure has somewhat diminished with many claiming the losing of his apprentice claim (bug) in August is the reason he is slowing down, albeit just a bit. If he is really good enough, he will survive in the rough and tumble world of racing. Note too, that the newest set of apprentices are due to make their introduction later this month.

4 - AGE IS NOT A BARRIER

While many horses end their racing careers at about ages six or seven, Willinston proved on Saturday that age is not an impediment for a horse to win a race. Now at the ripe old age of 11, Willinston ridden by Anthony Thomas moved away from his 15 rivals to win easily over three furlongs straight. In his long career, Willinston has made 117 starts, winning seven times, finishing second eight times and third on 14 occasions for lifetime earnings of approximately $4.5 million.

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