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That change in racing equipment works again

There were four instances on last Saturday's race card of 13, when a change in racing equipment made the difference between winning and losing. Prince Sammo, Schlesinger, Cue Three and My Episode all won with equipment changes.

After four runs with just only on Lasix and being beaten in some close finishes, Prince Sammo turned up on this occasion with the tongue tie on and the result was a powerful 3 lengths win going 5 furlongs (1000m) straight. Ridden by leading rider Christopher Mamdeen, Prince Sammo, who raced just behind the early leaders, picked up the running coming across the dummy rails and came with a strong run at the furlong and a half (300m) pole to win ahead of Bullet Raj (Kiaman McGregor) and Paintthistownred (Natalie Berger) in a time of 1:02.2.

Schlesinger, bred, owned and trained by Carl Anderson, after three previous runs without hitting the board even once, turned around his form and romped home by 2 lengths in a maiden condition race over 4 furlongs (800m) straight with the blinkers on. With Reyan Lewis in the saddle, Schlesinger raced in second position behind Sir Kel (Kiaman McGregor) for most of the way before surging to the lead inside the final furlong (200m) and held his position to the wire. Sir Kel and Resilient (Christopher Mamdeen) dead-heated for second place with a final time of 47.2 being posted by Schlesinger.

Following his 10th place finish by 13 lengths on last over 5 furlongs (1000m) on the round course, Cue Three retuned this time with the tongue on and got the job done over 6 furlongs (1,300m) with Reyan Lewis in the saddle for trainer Steven Todd. Cue Three chased No Money Friend (Oneil Mullings) coming in the lane before going by with a furlong and a half to go, to win by 1 length. No Money Friend held on for second place with He'sthereal Links (Kiaman McGregor) getting third. Final time was 1:24.2.

With the tongue tie on and first time Lasix, My Episode, under Shane Ellis, was a winner by 2 lengths in a maiden condition race over 4 furlongs. My Episode won ahead of Out On A Limb (Jerome Innis) and Mamasharondarling (Daniel Satchell) in a time of 49.1.

Rare winner for jockey Jerome Innis

The Wilfred Chin-owned and trained War Hero romped home easily by 5 lengths in an Optional Claiming ($250,000-$200,000) event over 6 furlongs, giving jockey Jerome Innis his second winner for the season.

Indy Arazi (Jordan Barrett) surged to the lead at the off over Aldebaran (Robert Halledeen) with War Hero just settled in third. The order remained the same until approaching the final bend when War Hero went up to challenge Indy Arazi for the lead.

Turning for home on the outside, War Hero gained the ascendency in deep stretch and powered past Indy Arazi to score a long overdue win. The 11-year-old, War Hero won in a time of 1:25.0. Seriousmanipulator (Hakeem Pottinger) was second and Indy Arazi third.

Virtuoso compensates after disqualification

Virtuoso, ridden by Christopher Mamdeen, made all the running to win over a mile (1,600m) on April 22 but was later disqualified. The grey filly returned on Saturday and this made no mistake when beating rivals in a Restricted Allowance event over 6 furlongs (1,200m).

With Mamdeen retaining the ride, the Junior Small trainee sat off the pace as Blusie (Aaron Chatrie) and Miss Elaine (Anthony Thomas) went at it from the off. However, navigating the half-mile (800m), Virtuoso surrounded rivals and began to draw off with every stride.

Coming into the lane with a good enough lead, Virtuoso turned on the pressure and ran out an easy 2 length winner in a time of 1:15.1. Msmyrtlerichiegirl (Reyan Lewis) came on strong in the end for second place, 1 length in front of Dad's Luck (Omar Walker) in third place.

Veteran trainer Eddie Hamilton breaks winning drought

It has been a very long time since trainer Edward Hamilton has graced the winners' enclosure. However, last Saturday, Hamilton got that long overdue win after his charge General Report won a Restricted Allowance event going 6 furlongs.

The five-year-old bay gelding, ridden by Raddesh Roman, made one move to win by 4 lengths in a time of 1:15.0 after setting splits 23.3 and 46.4.

From the off, General Report held the lead over Willodeen (Daniel Satchell) and Makhi (Kiaman McGregor). But as soon as the field sorted themselves out running the half-mile turn, Rockdale (Reyan Lewis) slipped down into second place with Buckaluck (Christopher Mamdeen) and Lady In The Arena (Anthony Thomas) getting into the mix.

Turning for home, General Report carried his lead to wire ahead of Buckaluck, Willodeen and Diosa de Oro (Aaron Chatrie).

Eddie's Princess comes good down the five-straight course

Without much success on the round course, Eddie's Princess found herself going down the 5-straight (1,000m) course and she came out a winner at last.

Trained by Johnny Wilmot and ridden by Phillip Parchment, Eddie's Princess raced behind the early pace set by Fortuneonehundred (Linton Steadman) and Super Mal (Hakeem Pottinger).

Passing the dummy rails, Union Four (Daniel Satchell), Eddie's Princess and Smokescreen (Bebeto Harvey) got themselves into striking positions but it was Eddie's Princess, who proved the strongest of the lot and powered home to win by 2 lengths.

Formal Justice (Raddesh Roman) came on well for second place with Smokescreen getting third. The final time done by Eddie's Princess was a slow 1:02.3.

First Selection holds on

The Welsh Soutar-trained First Selection was rewarded for her consistency after just holding off Rohan's Cattleya by length in a Restricted Allowance event over 6 furlongs for native-bred five-year-olds and upwards non-winners of two.

Jockey Robert Halledeen held First Selection behind Rohan Cattleya (Daniel Thompson) at the off and held his position before taking over the lead at the 5-furlong marker.

First Selection then began to draw off, separating himself from the field and held a good lead coming into the lane and looked to be an easy winner but Rohan's Cattleya refused to give up and attempted to rally but the leader had done enough and held on for the win.

Portugal (Tevin Foster) finished strong for third place. The final time was 1:25.0.

Six horses claimed

Six horses were claimed on the 13-race trophy-less programme.

Winner of the first race, Prince Sammo was claimed from Oneil Markland by Welsh Soutar for owner Michael Howard for $350,000.

In the fourth race, Andrew McDonald claimed Late N Drafty for owner Nicholas Miller from Rudolph Hardial; Dalton Sirjue claimed Milagro for owner Janet Najair from Kingsley Davis; Stedman Curtis claimed Cue Three for owner Unruly Connection from Steven Todd and Gordon Lewis claimed No Money Friend for owner Peter McFarlane from Tensang Chung. All these claims went for $250,000.

Eddie's Princess was claimed from Johnny Wilmot by Lawrence Freemantle for owner Ajax Bjorn for $350,000 from the 11th race.

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