Taking the 'Spotlight'

Observer staff reporter

Sunday, January 14, 2018

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With no trophy races being offered on the 10-race programme, the Gary Griffiths-owned and trained Shining Light stole the spotlight by romping home in the top-rated Overnight Allowance event at Caymanas Park yesterday.

The six-year-old chestnut horse, ridden by Aaron Chatrie, after being slowly into stride at the off, took his time rounding horses on the inside rails while running the half mile (800m) turn.

Turning for home just behind the battling speed of Polly B (Oneil Scott) and Loose Cannon (Omar Walker), Chatrie switched his mount off the rails and Shining Light produced a late kick on the outside of horses to win the three-year-olds and upward event by a length and a half in the end.

Loose Cannon outbattled Polly B for second place, while Gary Glitter (Dick Cardenas) came through for fourth place.

Shining Light ran six furlongs (1,200m) in a good 1:12.0 to open his and Chatrie's accounts for the new season, while Griffiths was saddling his second winner for the year.

Chatrie closed out a double when he rode the Edward Walker-trained One Great Train to victory in the 10th and final event over seven furlongs (1,400m).

Also with two winners were breeder, owner and trainer Carl Anderson and apprentice Anthony Thomas.

Anderson and Thomas combined to win the second race with Twilight Dreams, with Anderson saddling General Report (Dick Cardenas) in the seventh race and Thomas booting home She's Plummy for his apprentice master Welsh Soutar in the eighth race.

Racing continues on Wednesday with nine races on the offering and a post time of 12:45 pm.




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