Horse Racing

Mama – finally gets the message

Observer writer

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Three-year-old bay gelding Sendamessagetomama came to the races on April 28, 2017 with high hopes and expectations but has not been able to live up to those expectations.

The Lorne Kirlew trainee had raced five times prior to Wednesday last (September 12, 2018), finishing second on three occasions and third once, with the other start being fourth.

Now running for the sixth time and with a change in racing equipment, Sendamessagetomama was able to release his maiden tag going six and a half furlongs (1,300m).

The consistent offspring of Blue Pepsi Lodge - Mama Blossom returned without the visor and that made a significant difference.

With Oneil Scott in the saddle, Sendamessagetomama tracked the leader Virtuoso (Kerry-Gayl Robinson) for most of the way.

Cruising nicely coming into the lane, Sendamessagetomama challenged Virtuoso in deep stretch and eventually went on to score a three-and-a-quarter length win.

Virtuoso did well for second place, with My Mom Juss (Prince Holder) coming through for third place and So Smooth (Shane Ellis) in fourth. The winning time was 1:20.4.

Kirlew said that it took patience and hard work for his charge to get his first win.

“This gelding has good ability but he had some issues before, so, I had to put him down for a while, worked on him and it paid off. I was therefore confident of him winning going into the race, as most of his anomalies are behind him now.

“His next stop is in the non-winners of two group and so we will see how he performs and then take it from there onwards,” Kirlew said.

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