Horse Racing

Still 'hovering' successfully at age eight

Observer writer

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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Never a factor in the recent Diamond Mile when finishing in ninth place by 11 , Hover Craft, now an eight-year-old returned in Open Allowance on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 and notched another victory in his long and fruitful career.

Hover Craft won by three lengths going nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820 metres). Hover Craft ( He'stherealthingRoyal Pizzaz) came from off the pace to beat Saratoga Sight (Aaron Chatrie) and stable-companion Uncle Frank (Tevin Foster) by three comfortable lengths in a good 1:56.3 with splits 26.3; 51.1; 1:15.3 and 1:42.1.

“I thought that he ( Hover Craft) was handicapped to have a very good chance here with a mere 48.5 kgs. He just came out of the Diamond Mile where he ran pretty well and I think that he is still good enough for Open Allowance.

“Here he got an inside draw and the jockey just basically rode a patient race and then nabbed the field where it mattered most.

Hover Craft is a genuine old timer, a favourite of mine and at eight-years-old is still getting the job done and am pleased with him,” trainer Wayne DaCosta said of his long time charge.

Ridden by apprentice Christopher Mamdeen, Hover Craft raced among the markers for most of the trip in the three-year-olds and upward event.

Ice Cold (Raddesh Roman) took the field around the clubhouse turn with Princess Emanuelle (Wesley Henry) and Uncle Frank chasing.

Passing the six-furlong (1,200m) point, Saratoga Sight took over and led the field into the half-mile turn with a good-looking lead over Princess Emanuelle and Another Bullet (Robert Halledeen).

Approaching the final bend, Fayrouz (Dane Nelson) made a significant move to go in chase and drew alongside Saratoga Sight in deep stretch but failed to go by. Hover Craft, who turned for home in fourth place was produced between horses and went on to win easily.

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