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Apprentice Christopher Mamdeen brings home another double

THE on-the-track exploits of young apprentice Christopher Mamdeen is moving so fast that not even the young man himself can ask for more. Mamdeen started last Saturday's (January 19, 2019) 10-race card at Caymanas Park with two winners
already in the bag this season. At the end of the meeting, Mamdeen went home with two more wins in his account.

Mamdeen scored his first victory in the sixth race event atop the Oneil
Markland-conditioned Markofaprince in a $180,000 claimer over five-and-ahalf
furlongs (1,100 metres). Markofaprince virtually led from start to finish and was never challenged in the straight winning by six-and-a-half lengths, while producing a final time of 1:09.2. Big Paul ended in the second slot with Kunama third.

Then came the day's ninth race and Mamdeen, who seems to be developing the habit of winning from in front, shot off with the Steven Todd-trained Storm Princess and safely guided home the five-year-old over five furlongs (1000 metres) round by close to two
lengths. Uncle Freddie came late but was never going to win while third was the position occupied by Mirabalis. Storming Princess clocked 1:01.0 for the distance.

Trainer Terrence McWhinney – third time lucky

HAVING started two horses during the course of the four race days this season, trainer Terrence McWhinney was third time lucky as starter number three Machu Picchu emerged as the winner of the not too often seen, two furlongs straight (400
metres) event. McWhinney watched as Machu Picchu set off in front quickly after the
gates opened and was never in danger of losing under the direction of apprentice
Kiaman McGregor.

Machu Picchu won by three-and-a half lengths over Genuine Article with Wise Johnny third. For two furlongs, Machu Picchu was timed in 24.0 seconds.

Kiaman McGregor continues fine form

APPRENTICE Kiaman McGregor remains on the bubble as he completed another pair of wins on Saturday. McGregor guided the Donovan Plummer-conditioned 6-5 favourite General Mubaraak to a comfortable one-and-a-half length victory in the first event, a five-year-old and up maiden contest going seven furlongs (1,400 metres).

He then went from gate to wire with Terrence McWhinney's 3-2 favourite
Machu Picchu in a bottom-of-the-barrel claiming event for five-year-olds and up
over two furlongs (400 metres). With those victories, McGregor took his tally to three for the year and provisionally placed him in the top six on the jockeys' standings.

Daniel Thompson off the mark in 2019

HE watched proceedings on Five Star for most of the seven furlongs (1,400 metres) behind the leaders, but apprentice Daniel Thompson did not worry, as he waited for his time.

Then an opening developed on theinside rails and Thompson urged his mount forward with gusto and the Richard Azan trained Five Star responded well and blew past rivals to win by two lengths. Thompson by virtue of his patience and determination had won his first race for the season. Second went to Flying Machine with third occupied by General Report. Five Star completed seven furlongs in a time
of 1:27.4.

Seven claims on Saturday

SEVEN horses changed stables after being claimed on Saturday's 10-race card at Caymanas Park. In the third race, Musketoon was claimed from Johnny Wilmot by
Fernando Geddes for himself; trainer Michael Hall claimed Meet Justin from Fernando Geddes for Jennifer Hall; Flying Machine was tagged by Lincoln Lungs from Steven Todd for Glendon Drummond; Todd claimed Supertronics from Winston Morris for owner Paul Williams, while Trini Magic was claimed by Paul Charlton for owner Ven Deezle from Joseph Thomas. All these horses were tagged for $450,000.

In the fourth event, trainer Nicholas Smith claimed Rohan's Cattleya for owner Blue Knight Stables from the barn of Lorenzo Robinson on a $120,000 tag. Markofaprince was the lone claim from the sixth event, tagged by Ryan Williams for owner Aston Ramsey from O'Neil Markland for a $180,000 price tag.

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