A triumphant return for Make Up Artist
Make Up Artist

Make Up Artist, winner of last year's inaugural running of the St Elizabeth Distaff, returned from injuries in a fighting seasonal debut win. That victory came in a three-year-old and upwards Overnight Allowance contest on Saturday, August 6, 2022.

Trained by leading trainer Jason DaCosta and ridden by champion jockey Anthony Thomas, the talented five-year-old bay mare Make Up Artist rallied to beat Capturemyship by a nose going five furlongs straight.

Make Up Artist, owned by Carlton Watson, jumped to the front at the off ­– in the five-horse field following the withdrawal of Basilicus, Kay Boy and It's A Boy – and held the lead ahead of Capturemyship (Dick Cardenas) and Will The Conquerer (Samantha Fletcher).

After the first two furlongs (400m), Capturemyship took control, looking like the winner crossing the dummy rails and onto the main track for the final part of the race.

Make Up Artist brilliantly produced a last effort to get up in the nick of time for the win, her seventh career victory from nine starts. Artesia (Dane Dawkins) finished third. The final time was 1:00.2.

"She [Make Up Artist] met in an accident earlier in the year. On her way to the sea, the trailer in which she was travelling turned over and she got hurt in the process. Just some minor injuries but we took our time with her and got her healed up and then we prepared her for this race.

"I am happy with the performance. She needed the race with this win a bonus for us. Make Up Artist will only get better from here once she gets fitter. Her next start will probably be in an Open Allowance event," DaCosta said.

Hurbun Williams

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