Superluminal obliges, but Mahogany throws down the gauntlet

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Superluminal obliges, but Mahogany throws down the gauntlet

Monday, February 17, 2020

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Second-generation trainer Ian Parsard was the star of the show at Caymanas Park yesterday after he saddled three winners to highlight the 10-race programme.

Parsard, who was voted as the most improved trainer last year, won with eight-year-old Superluminal, five-year-old Harry's Train, and the impressive three-year-old Classic aspirant Mahogany.

In another performance demonstrating grit and determination, Superluminal, under Omar Walker, held off rivals to win the $1.15-million Alexander Hamilton Trophy feature for Open Allowance runners over one mile (1,600m). Superluminal won by a neck ahead of Atlantic Blue (Kiaman McGregor) and Bruce Wayne (Reyan Lewis), in a time of 1:39.3 minutes.

Walker was again atop Harry's Train, who made every post a winning one in the $1-million Restricted Overnight Allowance event for three-year-olds and upward going over five furlongs (1,000m) round. Harry's Train was a comfortable three-length winner ahead of Eye Candy (Anthony Allen) and Wartime (Raddesh Roman) in 59.1 seconds.

However, the most impressive of his winners was Mahogany, as the chestnut gelding slammed rivals by 6 lengths in the Restricted Stakes event over 7 furlongs (1,500m) in a blistering time of 1:31.2 minutes. Mahogany, with Dane Dawkins in the irons, picked up the lead at the half mile and cruised home to win ahead of Sir Alton (Omar Walker) and Uncle Polly (Phillip Parchment).

Champion two-year-old Wow Wow, the winter book favourite for the Classics, appears to have a serious challenger for the 2000 Guineas in a few weeks' time.

Along with Walker, three-time champion Dane Nelson booted home two winners in Baltusrol in the fifth race for champion trainer Anthony Nunes, and Belligerent King in the eighth race for trainer Rowan Mathie.

Champion trainer Nunes was also successful in posting two winners in St Lucia yesterday.

Racing continues on Saturday.

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