Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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The claiming box drew a lot of customers as a total of 11 horses were claimed on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park on Saturday.

In the sixth race, Rudolph Hardial claimed El Saldado for owner Teddy Levi from Anthony Subratie, while Wilfred Chin claimed Big Paul for himself from Gresford Smith. Both horses were claimed for a price tag of $120,000 each.

Reassurance was claimed from Ryan Darby by Raymond Townsend for owner Colshar Limtied; Jolly D was claimed from Errol Pottinger by Oniel Markland for owner Michael Howard and Runjohnny Run was taken from Ryan Williams by Dennis Lee claimed for himself from the eighth race. All three claims were made for $450,000 each.

In the ninth race, Colin Ferguson claimed Cheers for owner Gary Laing from Delroy Wisdom; Steadman Cutis claimed Piano Man for owner Texas Crew from Heaton Thomas; Dennis Thwaites claimed Vision Of Gold for himself from Paul Hylton; Edward Stanberry claimed Late N Drafty for himself from Michael Francis; Keisha Lawrence claimed Concur for herself from Andrew McDonald and Gresford Smith claimed Also Correct for himself from Keisha Lawrence. All claims went for $250,000 each.


Willinston trained by veteran conditioner Winchester McIntosh, proved on Saturday last, September 8, 2018 at Caymanas Park that age is no barrier to winning a race.

Willinston, an 11-year-old chestnut horse, easily one of the oldest horses presently in training, ridden by leading rider Anthony Thomas, won a three-furlong (600m) event by a length and a half over Genuine Article (Jerome Innis), Big Paul (Oneil Scott) and Stormonthesea (Omar Simpson) in that order. The race was won in a time of 36.1.


Although going on up in age at nine years, Runjohnny Run, as his name suggests just keeps on running and as a result still continues to win races more often than not. The chestnut horse notched his fourth win for the season from eighth starts when he romped home easily again coming down the five-straight course.

Breaking from the number 13 draw, Runjohnny Run (Oneil Scott) had a flying start at the off allowing him to immediately take control of the race. He stayed with the field for the first half of the race before pulling away passing the dummy rails. Runjohnny Run scored by over two lengths in a quick 59.4. Sweet Destiny (Ruja Lahoe) was second and Prince Sammo (Dane Dawkins) third. Runjohnny Run, was trained by Ryan Williams before he was claimed out of Saturday's race.


Cheers, who has been performing creditably in the classes above, took a step down the claiming ladder ($250,000 to $210,000) and made no mistake going seven-and-a-half furlongs (1,500m) on Saturday.

Cheers, trained by Delroy Wisdom with Roshane Johnson having the leg-up, hugged the inside rails, scraping paint for almost the entire trip, then produced a strong turn of foot in deep stretch to beat rivals by one and three quarters lengths in a time of 1:36.1.

Also Correct (Dick Cardenas) looked a strong contender in deep stretch but had to settle for second money, while Concur (Oneil Mullings) was third.

The win by Cheers provided Wisdom with his second winner for the season and Johnson with his fourth.

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