The Analysis – The Awards for Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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Starting today, at the end of each race meeting the Editor will assess three categories of performance which will be recognised for the Supreme Racing Guide Review symbolic awards. They are 1) The Training Feat Award; 2) The Jockeyship Award 3) The Best Winning Gallop Award. At the end of each analysis article, the winners of the various awards will be made known.


In keeping with the traditional trend, owners and trainers continue to make maximum use of the competent apprentices to take advantage of these claimers of weights ranging from four to two kilogrammes.

Leading rider Christopher Mamdeen was first off the mark to move his tally to 36, five ahead of Reyan Lewis and seven ahead of former six-time champion Omar Walker. Bringing the problematic Resurgence from well off the pace, Mamdeen induced a stronger finish to better Walker on former champion sprinter, Poker Star.

There was a scare for backers of five-star banker Patriarch, with Robert Halledeen up, when he found himself in a real battle with the Tevin Foster-ridden Zephyr. Patriarch turning for home on the outside, had enough of a lead to claim the far rails. Foster did well to switch to the outside approaching the final 200 metres, but it came to zero as he applied incorrect left-hand whip use, causing his mount to angle out and run diagonally close home to fail by only a short head.

Phillip Parchment's good form continued as his mount, odds-on favourite Summer Sun, outstayed rivals to land the fourth renewal of the Simply Magic Cup, the third race feature for trainer Wayne DaCosta. Ameth Robles, after an extended absence from riding in Trinidad & Tobago and at home in Panama, earned a warm welcome back to winners' enclosure aboard Evasive Action in the fourth.

In the fifth, Stranger Danger confirmed his theoretical status as the best in the island with a seven-length rollover of Another Vigorous and Hilly's Halo, who is reportedly not fully back up to speed after a setback which induced loss of condition and some hair from her rich chestnut colt.

Apprentice Kiaman McGregor showed skill and courage to conjure victory for Chief Secretariat in the sixth. Running on the inner rails from 1000 metres out, McGregor took the decision to save ground. Walker aboard All Correct held the lead approaching the distance, and at that point deliberately left a narrow gap to bait McGregor.

Chief SecretariaFt needed running room as there was no question of changing course, so McGregor had to wait. Walker was left with a crucial decision 150 metres out, as to induce more speed he had to resort to whipping left-handed. All Correct responded with just enough of a gentle veer to the right, leaving enough room for McGregor to exploit in a flash to get Chief Secretariat home by a head.

In the eighth Tevin Foster ended a bit of a drought, making amends for his second-race disappointment with maiden Rack Away for trainer Fitznahum Williams.

In the previous race, Reyan Lewis brought favourite Vice Royalty with a well-timed run to deny 10/1 chance Beltane by three parts of a length to keep Mamdeen in check. But the leading rider went one better in the ninth, with Berry Boy outstaying rivals for trainer Ian Parsard — but Lewis was not done.

Generally conceded by the pundits to be the most competitive on the card, the night cap did not disappoint and gave Lewis, in tandem with trainer Steven Todd, the opportunity to leave owner Garth Samuels in a better financial position. Eye Candy led unsuccessfully in two of her last three starts and stalked the pace in the other — but was well off the front-runners for this win. Lewis predicted correctly that sticking to the far rails from the top of stretch would be the right path to land the 17/1 odds against.


Training Feat Award

Jockeyship Award

Best Winning Gallop Award

For this race meet the Training Feat Award goes to Steven Todd for the change of tactical instructions to the rider to get the best-ever performance from Eye Candy. The Jockeyship Award has to go to Kiaman McGregor for his handling of Chief Secretariat, and the Best Winning Gallop to Stranger Danger who looked like an equine machine in clocking 1:18.2 for the 1300-metre trip.

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