Horse Racing

CHACE THE GREAT: The fastest of them all

Observer staff reporter

Sunday, September 10, 2017

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In a performance which confirmed his meteoric rise to the top, Chace The Great , probably the most improved horse in training right now, took apart the best on offer to crown himself the top sprinter in the land when he, in commanding fashion won the None Such Sprint Trophy over six furlongs (1,200m) at Caymanas Park yesterday.

Chace The Great, trained by Dwight Chen and ridden by the redhot apprentice Anthony Thomas, made every use of some favourable handicaps from the off as Thomas broke the Dwight Chen-trained bred in utero four-year-old chestnut gelding sharply from the number two post, tracking the speedy Sir Budget (Oneil Mullings) by a neck in second going into the half-mile (800m) turn.

Using only hands and knees, Thomas and Chace The Great got rid of Sir Budget at the top of the lane and both went on their merry way to execute their dominance. Although Chace The Great began to drift a bit to the right in the final furlong (200m) of the event, but he was too far out in front to be pegged back, winning by four-and-a-half lengths.

Campesino (Shane Ellis), who was always prominent in the race, finished second ahead of Gary Glitter (Ameth Robles) and Houdini's Magic (Wesley Henry) in that order. The final time for six furlongs (1,200m) was a decent 1:11.3 with splits of 22.2 and 44.4 seconds.

The win by Thomas on Chace The Great continued his recent upward surge with another capital effort in the saddle. Coming off a four-timer last week, Thomas, riding on the crest of that momentum, added three more wins to take his tally to seven winners for the two race meets. His other winners were Agnes T (second race) for trainer Rowan Mathie and Blue Tradition (eighth race) for trainer Anthony Nunes.

“Wow….what can I really say more than I am very happy. This is not easy as it looks, I have to be working really hard and I am just happy for everything. I just want to continue riding winners,” Thomas told the Jamaica Observer.

Nunes saddled Golden Bullet (Wesley Henry) in the 10th race to complete a double on the card. So jockey Omar Walker, who combined with trainer Wayne DaCosta to bring home Without Exception (first race) and Dysfunctional (sixth race) for their double.

Also with two winners were trainer Ray Phillips and jockey Aaron Chartie. Phillips won with Cup O Tea (Phillip Parchment) in the third race and Force De Jour (Aaron Chatrie) in the fifth race. Both winners were for owner New Blue Limited. Chatrie rode Nucleous Butcher to victory in the fourth race for his double.

Racing continues next Saturday.




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