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Cocoa T's Fisherman Stables wins Cash Pot, Money Time 1000 Guineas with Disability Charm

Observer staff reporter

Sunday, April 15, 2018

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Bought in the Yearling Sale by singer Cocoa Tea's, Fisherman's Stables for a mere $300,000, Disability Charm proved that her win in the Thornbird Stakes last month was no fluke, as the free-running bay filly stunned the best-assembled field of three-year-old fillies to land the season's first Classic — the 1000 Guineas — in commanding style at Caymanas Park yesterday.

Run over a mile, the 44th running of the 1000 Guineas carried a total purse of $3.5 million and was sponsored by Cash Pot and Money Time.

Although the Patrick Lynch- trained bay filly faltered a bit when the gates opened, Disability Charm, ridden by Robert Halledeen, gobbled up the leaders rounding the final bend and then turned on the pressure in deep stretch to win going away by a length and three quarters. Lici's Pepsi (Phillip Parchment) finished well for second money ahead of Honey Ryda (Shane Ellis) in the Grade One event. The final time was 1:41.1.

It was the first 1000 Guineas winner for Lynch and Robert Halledeen, although Halledeen won aboard Ali Baba in the 2000 Guineas in 2015.

“I feel very satisfied in myself knowing that the trainer and connections of Disability Charm had faith in me to deliver, and that was what I did. I am very happy as this is a Classic race, and one will always be happy whenever a win comes along in such a race,” said Halledeen.

Disability Charm ( Soul Warrior Runnin On Empty) was bred by David Willers and is the first crop of the HAM Stables stallion to race in Jamaica.

Halledeen did not panic after the poor start, instead he took his time and got Disability Charm running from six furlongs (1,200m) out, rounding rivals with every stride.

By the time the field reached the half mile (800m) Disability Charm was already challenging Sergeant Reckless (Ian Spence) for the lead, with Honey Ryda close behind in third.

Disability Charm assumed control of the event approaching the final bend and, although Honey Ryda tried and tried in deep stretch, Disability Charm kept responding to the left-hand stick and powered home, to register her third win from four career starts. Noticeably, Disability Charm did not race as a two-year-old.

“It is a very good performance from her ( Disability Charm) to win and I am happy with that. However, going forward there is an issue, as we need to find out what went wrong at the starting gates,” Lynch said.

Racing continues today with the 44th running of the 2000 Guineas for three-year-old colts and geldings. First post is 12:05 pm.

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