Horse Racing

Princess Lauren, Reggae Gone Grammy easily take two sections of feature race

...But it was Earn Your Stripes who caught the eye

Sunday, February 10, 2019

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First-time runner Princess Lauren, trained by Gary Subratie, and Reggae Gone Grammy, who is conditioned by Fitznahum Williams, won their respective sections of the John Clifton Wright Memorial Cup feature race at Caymanas Park yesterday.

The John Clifton Wright, which is confined to maiden fillies only, was contested for over six furlongs (1,200m).

Ridden by Dane Dawkins, Princess Lauren missed the break at the start of the race but recovered sufficiently to go down into fourth place when the horses were navigating the half mile turn.

By the time the field turned for home, Princess Lauren caught up with leader Mystic Mama (Devon A Thomas) before drawing away for a comfortable 3 1/4-length win in the end in Division 1 of the trophy feature.

Another newcomer, Black River (Simon Husbands), came through for second place, with Mystic Mama holding for the third spot. The final time was 1:14.1.

Subratie later saddled Uncle Freddie (Dane Nelson) in the fifth race over five furlongs (1,000m) straight, to go home with two winners on the 11-race programme.

Division 2 turned out to be an easy one for Reggae Gone Grammy (Dane Nelson) as the bay filly romped away from rivals by all of 8 1/2 lengths.

Reggae Gone Grammy broke well and chased Cryptocurrency (Orlando Foster) from early, before taking over leaving the half mile.

With a comfortable lead entering the straight, Nelson sent his mount on her way and Reggae Gone Grammy just powered home convincingly.

Case Closed (Trevor Simpson) nipped Cryptocurrency for second place. The final time was an identical 1:14.1 to the first section.

Nelson completed a three-timer when he guided home Nuclear Lava for trainer Everal Francis in the ninth event over a mile (1,600m).

The highly rated Earn Your Stripes, one of the top horses for the soon-to-be run Classic series of races, made a strong seasonal debut in a Restricted Allowance event over a mile (1,600m).

With Robert Halledeen in the saddle, the Anthony Nunes trainee smashed rivals by nine lengths in a good time of 1:39.2, sending a loud signal to his peers.

Meanwhile, female apprentice rider Abigail Able fell from her mount Machu Picchu in the day's seventh race. Able suffered an injury to her right leg and had to be taken to hospital for further observation.

Racing continues on Wednesday with a 10-race programme.

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