Purple Patch

Anthony Thomas brings home three, reveals that he never rode Chace The Great before Saturday

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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After riding a four-timer the previous race day which placed him seventh in the jockeys' standing for this year, claiming apprentice Anthony Thomas said that his next goal was to break into the top five and maintain that position for the rest of the season.

The promising young rider took a big step towards achieving this goal when he rode three winners on the 12-race programme at Caymanas Park last Saturday.

With those three winners, Thomas took his tally of wins this season to 25, tying him for fifth place in the jockeys' standing with fellow apprentice Dane Dawkins. Omar Walker (64 winners) leads ahead of Shane Ellis (43), Wesley Henry (41), and Aaron Chatrie (28).

“It was really good to break into the top 10 on the jockeys' list. I mean, that was a very good accomplishment for me, but to be able to get to the top five [would be] even better.

“It is really a wonderful feeling. I am really grateful for everything at the moment, and I am really happy in myself knowing that I am doing something good; knowing that I am achieving my goals.

“I just want to continue riding the way I am riding now, which is very well at the moment, and continue bringing home the winners. I just want to concentrate on what I am doing.

Thomas's winners on Saturday included Chace The Great, who romped the None Such Sprint Trophy feature over six furlongs (1,200m) in a time of 1:11.3.

“I have never exercised this horse before. On Saturday, it was the first time that I have been on Chace The Great. The trainer [Dwight Chen] told me that I must go back and watch some of his [ Chace The Great] races and thing, and I did that.

“The trainer also sat with me and we went through some of Chace The Great's races and stuff like that. He [Chen] told me this horse loves tender handling so I must not rough him up and I will get the best out of him. That was what I did and everything went as planned. We won the race and I am really happy,” repeated the 25-year-old Thomas.

Thomas's other winners were Agnes T in the second race for trainer Rowan Mathie, and Blue Tradition for trainer Anthony Nunes in the eighth race.

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