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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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EIGHT HORSES CLAIMED ON SATURDAY

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

Traditional Storm was claimed from Steven Todd by Phillip Thompson for owner Sydney Aiken; Light Brigade was claimed from Victor Williams by Tyrone Prince for Barsher; Speedy Process was taken from Winchester McIntosh by Johnny Wilmot for Zelmuna; Heat It Up was claimed from Michael Marlowe by Kingsley Davis for The Player, and Big Mistake was claimed from Neive Graham by Andrew McDonald for himself from the first race. All five first-race claims were made for $250,000.

In the fifth race on a $180,000 claiming tag, Uton Stewart claimed Hey Champ from Anthony Nunes for Marshall Russell after a whopping 49 claims were placed in the box; Delroy Wisdom took Shellian Grey from Rudolph Hardial for Delroy Wellington, and Carl Anderson claimed Chief Prospect for himself from Johnny Wilmot.

QUIET RETURN FOR ROBERT HALLEDEEN

After an absence of over a month from the saddle, jockey Robert Halledeen made a quiet return to competitive race riding on Saturday last.

Halledeen secured only one ride for the day – aboard Hey Champ for trainer Anthony Nunes in the fifth race. Hey Champ finished third behind winner Chief Prospect, with Sunshine City in second position. Hey Champ was then claimed from the race.

Halledeen, who still remains in eighth position in the jockey's standings with 21 winners, is often seen at the track during the morning exercise period.

APPRENTICE JEROME INNIS RETURNS A WINNER

Apprentice Jerome Innis made a winning return to the saddle on Saturday after recuperating from a recent fall.

Innis had three rides on the 10-race card – Smash Amusement in the fourth race, King On A Mission in the sixth, and Formal Justice in the night pan.

After running in the ruck with his first two rides, Innis then guided Formal Justice to an easy win by eight lengths over Miracle River and Storming Flyer.

Innis was partnering his seventh winner for the year from 138 rides.

ANDREE POWELL NOTCHES ANOTHER WIN

Apprentice Andree Powell continued to fly the flag of the country's three female riders with another winner on Saturday.

Powell rode a patient race on the Anthony Smith-trained Kaci to catch and beat tearaway leader Big Mistake – with champion jockey Omar Walker in the saddle – in Saturday's first race over six furlongs (1,200m).

Powell's display in the saddle showed maturity and a much better understanding of her craft; she watched the champion lead the race, then in the straight when almost all was nearly lost, she kept on prodding Kaci who responded well to her commands before finally catching Big Mistake in sight of the finish. A good ride by the young lady.

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