Funcaandun impressive in Rimsky Trophy feature
FuncaanduN, a three-year-old American-bred bay colt, made a victorious debut on local soil by handily defeating competitors in the $1.1-million Rimsky Trophy main event at Caymanas Park on Saturday.
What was expected to be a competitive affair involving Philip Feanny’s pair of American-bred runners
Riches to Rags and
Amazing Force didn’t materialise as Funcaandun swept all before him to win the Restricted Allowance II contest for native-bred three-year-olds and upward (non-winners) and imported three-year-olds and upward (maidens) by 9 ¼ lengths.
Owned by Carlton Watson and trained by Jason DaCosta,
Klimt – Fiftyshadesoffun) ran six furlongs (1,200m) in a smart 1:12.2 (23.1 x 47.0).
Jockey Shamaree Muir pushed
Funcaandun into the early lead at the start of the race. While comfortable beneath a snug wrap,
Funcaandun expanded his advantage over
Amazing Force (Tevin Foster) and
K D Strong (Robert Halledeen) as they approached the half-mile (800m) turn.
Entering the drive for the final two furlongs of the race, and with no real threat approaching,
Funcaandun accelerated and powered home to easily win at the wire.
Amazing Force finished second, six lengths ahead of stablemate
Riches to Rags in third place.
Racing continues Sunday with another nine-race card. Post time is 12 noon.