Sports

'Marva' does it again

…as Thomas brings home four

Sunday, January 21, 2018



M arvellous Marva , the Philip Feanny-trained five-year-old grey mare, under a well-timed ride from in-form apprentice Anthony Thomas, just got up to beat Awesome Destiny by three parts of a length in the $1.15-million Alexander Hamilton Trophy feature at Caymanas Park yesterday.

Thomas broke Marvellous Marva well, but was unable to go with the early pace and was held in second to last position as the speedy Siempre Bueno (Dane Nelson) blazed the trail.

Marvellous Marva was let loose approaching the half-mile (800m) and began to round horses as Siempre Bueno opened a six-length lead on the field over stable companion Soy El Se or (Dick Cardenas) and Awesome Destiny (Dane Dawkins).

When they turned for home, Siempre Bueno began to shorten inside the final furlong (200m) with Awesome Destiny creeping up on the inside rails, but Marvellous Marva found another gear and rolled past horses at the end.

Awesome Destiny ran well for second money, while Zephyr (Jerome Innis) finished third ahead of the tiring Siempre Bueno.

Marvellous Marva, who was completing her third-consecutive victory, ran the Open Allowance event over a mile (1,600m) in 1:38.2 minutes.

Marvellous Marva was one of four winners on the day for Thomas, who also won aboard Fortuneonehundred in the first race, Disability Charm in the fourth race, and Tashie Baby in the sixth race.

The Eight Thirty Sprint co-feature, a maiden special weight for native-bred three-year-old fillies over the five furlongs (1,000m) straight course, was won by Breezy Adlih, trained by Michael Marlowe and ridden by apprentice Linton Steadman.

Breezy Adlih won ahead of Polly Flyer (Shane Ellis), Alexandera (Dane Dawkins) and Isotope (Anthony Thomas) in that order in a time of 1:00.3 minutes, backed by splits of 23.0 and 46.3 seconds.

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