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Trainer Michael Francis notches his sixth win for the season

Trainer Michael Francis continued his recent winning run notching his sixth win for the year when his charge Court Call won the ninth and final event over seven furlongs (1,400m).

With the late scratch of Concur, one of the top contenders in the Optional Claiming ($250,000-$200,000) event at the starting gates, it was smooth sailing for Court Call as he was never challenged, winning comfortably by 1 lengths in a time of 1:30.2.

Champion jockey Anthony Thomas held Court Call in third place against the inside rails as Smokescreen (Aaron Chatrie) led over Strike It Lucky (Phillip Parchment).

Court Call went through to the lead at the half-mile (800m) and began to opening up on the field leaving the three-furlong (600m) point in the race.

With no real challengers, Court Call (War Marshall – Star Witness) cruised home easily ahead of Bigman Union (Reyan Lewis) and Double Deal (Anthony Allen).

Emma's Pet gets home via the stewards' room

Three-year-old bay filly Emma's Pet (Strikeitwhileitshot – Soul of the Heart), trained by Ralph Porter and ridden by Shane Ellis, was able to release the maiden tag following the disqualification of the winner, Fabulosity.

Emma's Pet, after racing among the back markers for most of the six-furlong (1,200m) trip, came with a strong run in deep stretch to finish in second place by three parts of a length behind favourite Fabulosity (Christopher Mamdeen), who made all the running to get by the winning post in first place.

Fabulosity was later disqualified and placed sixth behind Riddim Up (Jemar Jackson), for interfering with the latter on the inside rails and also for intimidation.

Emma's Pet was promoted to first place and Ashley's Glory (Trevor Simpson) to second and Cry Cry Baby (Devon A Thomas) to third. The winning time for the event was 1:16.2. Emma's Pet is owned by Dr Charlton Collie and Dr Lyden Richards.

Big Black Nation makes it three-in-a-row

Big Black Nation, a six-year-old dark bay gelding bred by Sorrentino – Reggae Nation, continued his rich vein of form as he romped to his third straight victory after stepping up to compete in a $350,000-$300,000 Optional Claiming spread over five-and-ahalf furlongs (1,100m).

Trained by Welsh Soutar and ridden by champion jockey Anthony Thomas, Big Black Nation settled in fourth place going into the half-mile (800m) turn as Fifty Cents (Jemar Jackson) who was rushed up to take the lead, increased the tempo and looked all set to steal a march on rivals.

Turning for home on the outside of runners and when all seemed lost as Fifty Cents continued to control proceedings, Thomas produced the lanky Big Black Nation, who responded well and got up in time for the win by a neck.

Fifty Cents, who had finished second, was later disqualified and placed fourth behind General Report (Raddesh Roman), who was promoted to third. Balazo (Phillip Parchment) was moved to the second spot after finishing third. The final time was 1:08.0. Big Black Nation's two previous wins were on a $250,000-$200,000 claiming tag.

Seven horses claimed on nine-race card

Seven horses were claimed on the nine-race programme.

Trainer Wayne DaCosta claimed Big Black Nation for owner Carlton Watson from Welsh Soutar; Anthony Dixon claimed My Mom Juss for himself from Rowan Mathie; Ryan Williams claimed Fifty Cents for owner Carl Anderson from Steven Todd and Clifford Atkinson Jr claimed Sweet Destiny for owner Hugal Douglas from Michael Francis from the fifth race. All the aforementioned horses were claimed for $250,000 each.

In the ninth and final event, trainer Paul Smith claimed Double Deal for owner Master Gates Connection from Phillip Lee; Byron Davis claimed Bigman Union for owner Agent Deeks from Anthony Ferguson and Junior Panton claimed Strike It Lucky for himself from Nicholas Smith. All these claims were made for $250,000 each.

Azaria goes one better

After finishing second by five lengths behind Talented Tony K on last over the five-furlong (1,000m) straight course, Azaria made no mistake this time on her third attempt at the distance.

With the in-form Dane Nelson aboard the Gary Griffiths-conditioned Azaria, the four-year-old bay filly came from far off the pace to beat rivals by 1 lengths going away from the field. Azaria, who was unable to go with the early pace, had to watch the pace setters led by Donald Trog (Chalrick Budhai) blaze the trail for most of the way.

Nelson then got the Performing Magic offspring rolling inside the final furlong (200m) to register the third win of her career and first for the season. Nuclear Thunder (Phillip Parchment) was second as Donald Trog weakened to third place.

The final time for the Restricted Allowance event was a good 59.2 seconds for the native-bred four-year-olds and upwards non-winners of three and for imported fouryear- olds and upwards no-winners of two groups.


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