Mr Universe sprints away for easy Cup win

Sunday, May 20, 2018

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In another super sprinting display, Mr Universe , under Gary Richards, ran his 14 rivals off their legs to win the $1-million GA “Sarge” Bucknor Memorial Cup feature at Caymanas Park yesterday.

Mr Universe led from start to finish, spanking rivals by three-and-three-quarter lengths in a good time of 58.1 going five furlongs (1,000m) in the Overnight Allowance event for three-year-olds and upwards.

From a level break Mr Universe went right in front under a snug wrap and stayed with rivals for the first part of the race. Talented Tony K (Robert Halledeen) tried to go with Mr Universe, but when Richards let his mount loose passing the dummy rails, the race was over. It was Mr Universe's first run at this level as he completed his second-consecutive win. Sarah Lee (Aaron Chatrie) came on strong in the final furlong (200m) to get second place ahead of Lord Equus (Oneil Mullings) in third.

The win was the third for trainer Wayne DaCosta on the 10-race programme. DaCosta was successful with Yaya's Dream in the fourth race, also ridden by Richards, and Rambunctious Links in the ninth race with Oneil Beckford in the saddle.

Meanwhile, Alexandra, trained by Ian Parsard and ridden by Anthony Thomas, won the John Clifton Wright Memorial Cup supporting feature over six furlongs (1,200m) by three-and-a-half lengths.

Alexandra won ahead of Queens Highway (Wesley Henry) and Madam Secretary (Omar Walker) in a time of 1:15.3.

Racing continues on Wednesday next (Labour Day).

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