Horse Racing

Red-hot apprentice

Anthony Thomas brings home another four winners

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Sunday, September 17, 2017



Despite a second win in the day's Kenneth Mattis OD Memorial Trophy feature by Superluminal, it was the in-form claiming apprentice Anthony Thomas, who hoisted himself on centre stage on the 12-race programme with four winners at Caymanas Park yesterday.

The red-hot rider has now chalked up two four-timers and two three-timers in the space of one month. With those winners, Thomas has taken his tally to 43 wins since he started riding at the Park in September of 2015.

Twenty-nine of those winners have been produced this year which enabled the St Mary native to settle into fourth position in the jockey's standing. Omar Walker (65 winners) stands ahead of Shane Ellis (43 winners) and Wesley Henry (41 winners).

Thomas's first winner was Earth Angel for trainer Dwight Chen in race five and he followed that with back-to-back wins on Brooklyn for trainer Lorne Kirlew in race nine and Chief Prospect in race 10 for trainer Steven Todd.

The youngster then made it a four-timer with Royal Girl in the last race. Royal Girl made one move to win the six-furlong (1,200m) event by all of 13 lengths, which sent the crowd into ecstasy.

“Wow…this is certainly a magical feeling, and I am enjoying every bit of the moment. I must thank everyone who has been working with me and supporting me from the get-go. I am very much grateful and I will continue doing the hard work,” Thomas told the Jamaica Observer.

Thomas could have joined a selected band of riders to boot home five winners on a single race day, but he was just beaten by three parts of a length in the feature.

Thomas was aboard Timeforarms, trained by Fitzroy Glispie, when the eight-year-old bay horse lost to Superluminal, ridden by Paul Francis, going 10 furlongs (2,000m) in a stirring stretch duel.

Superluminal posted a time of 2:08.2 minutes for the distance.

Racing continues next Saturday.

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