Sport

Without Exception coming to come

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Friday, February 02, 2018

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In preparation for the upcoming native-bred three-year-old Classic races, Without Exception stepped out of his age group for the first time to take on older horses in a Restricted Stakes event over seven furlongs (1,400m) at Caymanas Park on Saturday.

The race provided a great opportunity to assess the progress of the bay colt, and Without Exception responded well with a good performance.

Without Exception, full brother to Horse of the Year She's A Maneater, won handily by three lengths in a much improved time of 1:24.4 behind splits of 23.3, 46.2 and 1:11.2. The time posted by Without Exception compares well with the 1:27.2, he did when winning his second race on December 30, 2017.

With Anthony Thomas called up to do riding duties, Without Exception ( Natural SelectionAhwhofah) got a good break and settled in third position as Sarah Lee (Dane Dawkins) and Secret Traveller (Odeen Edwards) set the pace.

The battle continued up front between Sarah Lee and Secret Traveller, with the latter going through at the half-mile (800m). At this stage, Without Exception began to creep closer on the inside rails.

Secret Traveller turned for home and looked strong on the lead, but the determined Without Exception found his footing and came up to challenge the leader in the stretch and after gaining the ascendancy, Without Exception pulled away at the furlong (200m) pole to record an emphatic victory – his third in as many starts.

Secret Traveller had no answer to Without Exception's challenge, and finished in second position some four-and-a-quarter lengths ahead of Subbie (Aaron Chatrie).

“Good run. I mean, it was a very good run from Without Exception. The track was fast and the time was fast, but it was a workmanlike victory.

“He has done everything asked of him and he looks like he will get a distance of ground, and we will wait and see where he ( Without Exception) goes from here. We ran him the last time (December 30, 2017) when he wasn't a 100 per cent fit, basically because of the owners' championship, and he was asked to allow weight all round and he came back here with a featherweight of 50.0kg (110 lb), so it was all systems go for him.

“It was a do or die situation for Without Exception here. If he hadn't won this race, then we would have been behind the eight ball,” DaCosta surmised.

When asked about the upcoming Classic races, DaCosta was very guarded in his response.

“Right now, we are encouraged and as we progress in his preparation, we will see how he ( Without Exception) develops, and from there on I will try and plot his other races. We know that he is good, but we don't know how good he is,” DaCosta stated.

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