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The Analysis – The Awards for Saturday, May 18, 2019

BY WES MARTIN
Observer writer

Friday, May 24, 2019

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THE ANALYSIS

In the opener the form players trusted trainer Wayne DaCosta and reinsman Omar Walker in sending off Rojorn Di Pilot, the even money favourite. The confidence was well justified as Rojorn Di Pilot chased leader Soul Cure then pulled away in the straight to win by nearly three lengths while showing no ill-effects from having his previous race last Boxing Day.

Debutant and favourite Yetagain left the starting untidily but mended steadily throughout and overpowered long-time leader Don Julio's bid to go from gate to wire with three parts of a length to spare. Form players predictions played true to the trend with Dr Banner making it three winning favourites in the first three races on the day.

In the fourth Bebeto Harvey drove trainer Richard Azan's Axel Rod to victory by a nose over the Omar Walker-ridden Sweet Destiny with the victorious pair teaming up again to land the night cap with 2018 Classic aspirant Honey Ryda whose previous race was on September 29 last year. Good to see a return to form by both Harvey and Azan.

The fifth and feature Legal Light Trophy turned out to be ideally placed as debates over the outcome, especially jockeyship, raged for the remainder of the day. As expected, Robert Halledeen had Will In Charge comfortably in front 800 metres out with Walker on She' A Maneater pursuing at a respectable distance away. The stretch drive replicated the 2018 Superstakes!

Coming into the final part of the bend She's A Maneater was close enough for Halledeen to execute the age-old trick of drifting the chaser wide. She's A Maneater loves a fight and worked hard to gain ascendancy by a neck in a punishing duel that was only settled in the final three strides.

Things were pretty much routine following the Legal Light except when Laguna Point failing to run a true line went past the winning post in front in the sixth and had to be penalised by the Operation Stewards with a reversal of finishing positions with the hindered Timeforacat.

In winning the seventh, Mystic Mama, who had shown good speed against the best fillies in her age group, fortunately found a field over which she was able to exert dominance.

Eighth race front-runner Cohete Del Exito failed by a just over a length to stave off Isotope's well-timed late challenge and in the ninth Sir Jhunjhun Wala took advantage of a two-kilogrammes swing in the weights to outsprint Dee Danger who fell back to third close home.

THE AWARDS

The Training Feat Award goes to Richard Azan for posting Honey Ryda, who was away from last September with her best previous form generally over longer trips, in great condition to win over 1,100 metres.

Omar Walker deserves the Jockeyship Award for his handling of She's A Maneater and this great mare the Best Winning Gallop accolade for a classic demonstration of speed, stamina and courage.


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