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RACING NEWS FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019

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Samantha Fletcher flying the female flag high

Samantha Fletcher continued to make the presence of the female apprentices felt at Caymanas Park with a fighting win aboard the Michael Beecham-owned and trained Super Glitterman going 5 furlongs (1,000m) straight on Saturday last.

The young lady broke Super Glitterman well and kept up with the pace disputing the lead with Let It Snow. In the final stages of the race, Super Glitterman came under pressure from Union Four (Daniel Satchell) but Fletcher was not giving up, pushing her mount as hard as possible and got home by a nose in the end.

Sweet Destiny (Tevin Foster) finished third and Powerofgiving (Hakeem Pottinger) fourth. The final time was 1:00.1.

Easy does it for Jamaican Citizen with change of equipment

Running over 7 furlongs in a $180,000-$150,000 claiming event, five-year-old dark bay mare Jamaican Citizen made no mistake as the Victor Williams trainee slammed rivals by all of 14 lengths. The victory, however, was enhanced with a change in racing equipment.

With all the rage on last when finishing in fourth position, Jamaican Citizen returned with the blinkers off and made the race looked as easy as one-two-three.

Ridden by apprentice Christopher Mamdeen, Jamaican Citizen raced just off the pace in the early stages of the race. When Jamaican Citizen, on the inside rails went through leaving the 5-furlong (1000m) point, the race was over and done with.

Powerful Red (Anthony Thomas) was second, Piano Man (Trevor Simpson) third and Stormonthesea (Phillip Parchment) fourth in a winning time of 1:35.0.

Champion jockey off the mark

Newly crowned champion jockey Anthony Thomas got off the mark for the new racing season after piloting the Welsh Soutar-trained Sharp Skirt to victory in last Saturday's eighth race over 5 furlongs straight. Sharp Skirt wasn't the best to leave the starting gates, but Thomas kept the bay mare in a striking position coming across the dummy rails as Bullet Raj led the field.

Thomas got his mount to change gears inside the final stages of the race and Sharp Skirt came through, winning by length.

Dr Banner (Tevin Foster) finished second with Bullet Raj (Robert Halledeen) third and Prince Kamali (Christopher Mamdeen) fourth. The final time was 1:00.3.

Eleven horses claimed on Saturday

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

Adin Williams claimed Vikuna for himself from Christopher Pearson for $250,000 and Gresford Smith claimed Princess Brianna for owner Clifton Francis from Delroy Wisdom, also for $250,000 from the first race.

In the sixth race, Vision Of Gold was taken from Roy Mathews by Winchester McIntosh for himself; Piano Man was claimed from Stedman Curtis by Oneil Markland for owner Busy Racing Stables; Late N Drafty was claimed from Anthony Subratie by Michael Beecham for himself and winner Jamaican Citizen was claimed from Victor Williams by Joseph Thomas for himself. All claims went at $180,000.

Lawrence Freemantle claimed Tough Cookie for himself for $210,000 from Alford Brown; Lorne Kirlew claimed Papa Albert for $250,000 for owner Kevin Witter from Colin Ferguson; Fernando Geddes claimed Kimberly Gold for himself for $250,000 from Rudolph Hardial; Keisha Lawrence claimed Dr Banner for herself for $250,000 from Steven Todd and Leroy Tomlinson claimed Bullet Raj for $210,000 for owner Real Youth Connection from Dennis Lee.


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