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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

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ERROL POTTINGER NOTCHES THIRD WINNER

A veteran in the horse racing industry, trainer Errol Pottinger scored his third win for the season on Saturday when First 'K' Boy won the second race – a $180,000 claiming tag for horses who have not finished first or second since the seventh of April this year.

Ridden by Wesley Henry, First 'K' Boy took control of the race when he opened up a good lead over rivals approaching the half-mile (800m) in the one-mile (1,600m) event.

Sent for home by Henry, First 'K' Boy did just enough to get home by two-and-a-half lengths over Chief Secretariat and El Saldado, in that order. The final time done for the distance was 1:46.0.

NELSON ANNOUNCES HIS RETURN

Former three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson announced his return to the saddle at Caymanas Park last Saturday when he steered the Johnny Wilmotconditioned Moneyneversleep to victory in the eighth race over seven-and-a-half furlongs (1,500m).

Moneyneversleep won by seven lengths over El Gato, Bigbrowngreyhope and Supreme Magic in a time of 1:35.3.

“It is always good to win races at Caymanas Park as this is home. I am happy to be back and I am just concentrating on winning some races here,” said Nelson.

He returned last week from Canada, where he rode 53 winners at racetracks at Northlands Park and Century Downs.

He was scheduled to ride last Wednesday but stood down due to weight problems.

This was also evident on Saturday when he went 1.5 kg (four pounds) overweight aboard Senor Kwanzi in the third race.

Senor Kwanzi was declared with weight of 53 kg (117 lb) but went with 54.5 kg (120 lb) to acquire the services of the bustling rider.

FIVE HORSES CLAIMED ON SATURDAY

Five horses were claimed on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park on Saturday.

Things got rolling in the second race when trainer Welsh Soutar claimed El Saldado for Dennis Hooper for $180,000 from Dennis Pryce.

In the fourth race, Deon Facey claimed Elvira for Warrington McLean from Donovan Plummer on a $120,000 claiming tag, and Ryan Darby claimed Robin's Quest for Richard Todd from Leroy Fearon.

Moneyneversleep was claimed from Johnny Wilmot by Conroy Tulloch for Donovan Russell, and Supreme Magic was claimed from Oneil Markland by Gregory Forsyth for Huntley Beckford from the eighth race. Both claims were made for $250,000.

PROGRESS CONTINUES FOR ONEIL SCOTT

He doesn't usually get a lot of rides, but this season Oneil Scott is making good use of them.

The three-kilo claiming apprentice has ridden 12 winners from 138 mounts so far this season, after finding it difficult in the early part of his career to locate the winning circle.

Scott is now looking much better in the saddle and is riding with a lot more confidence.

His latest winner came on Saturday when he drove the Randolph Scott-conditioned Burning Exit to win by a head over Song On Track, under Dick Cardenas, going three furlongs (600m).

Burning Exit and Song On Track were hooked up on the lead from the get-go, but Scott was able to keep his mount well-balanced for the victory.

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