Thomas bags four wins at Caymanas Park
Jockey Anthony Thomas drives Princess Sharon to line ahead of All For Love (Dane Dawkins) in the $1.02-million Monday Morning Trophy feature race at Caymanas Park on Monday, May 22, 2023.(Photo: Joseph Wellington)

FORMER three-time champion jockey Anthony "St Mary" Thomas stole the show at Caymanas Park on Monday by riding four winners, including Princess Sharon, in the $1.02-million Monday Morning Trophy, which was the highlight of the nine-race day.

Bred, owned, and trained by Fitzroy Glispie, Princess Sharon did just enough to win the Restricted Allowance II contest for native-bred three-year-olds (non-winners of two) and imported three-year-olds and upward (maidens) over seven furlongs (1,400m) by three quarters of a length.

Princess Sharon, a three-year-old bay filly by Soul Warrior out of the Legal Process mare Princess Shine, covered the distance in 1:27.3 (23.3 x 47.2 x 1:13.2) for her second win in three career starts.

Princess Sharon, running with the visor off and the tongue tie on, got a good break at the start of the race and battled in second place behind Natural Dancer (Jordan Barrett) down the backstretch, with Boasey (Oneil Mullings) and Anonymous (Tevin Foster) tagging closely behind.

Beeder, owner, and trainer Fitzroy Glispie (left) with his charge Princess Sharon in the winners' enclosure after the three-year-old bay filly won the Monday Morning Trophy feature. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

Princess Sharon kept up a steady pace until Thomas signalled his mount to take up the running as they approached the half mile (800m). Princess Sharon then increased the tempo, navigating the turn ahead of rivals and aiming to go all the way from there.

With a good-looking advantage entering the drive Princess Sharon changed gears and poured on the pressure on competitors in deep stretch. Though appearing to lose ground in the final stages of the race, Princess Sharon was able to hold on for the victory.

The fast-finishing pair of All For Love (Dane Dawkins) and From Sheer To Ben (Javaniel Patterson) came in second and third, respectively.

Thomas's other winners on the day were Nina Dorada in the second race, giving newly trained conditioner Carlton Cunningham his first career win; and Will The Conquerer and Hecandance for trainer Steven Todd in the day's third and fourth races.

Breeder, owner, and trainer Fitzry Glispie (left) and jockey Anthony Thomas in the winners' enclosure after the win by Princess Sharon in the day's feature event, the Monday Morning Trophy.Joseph Wellington

Thomas's score for the season now stands at 28 winners, putting him in fourth place in the jockey's race and 11 behind leader Reyan Lewis. Lewis, who went winless for the second time in a row, is three wins ahead of Tevin Foster who won two races. Foster's winners were Runway Icon for trainer Howard Jaghai in the first race and Kwaku for trainer Owen Sharpe in the fifth event. Dane Dawkins, the reigning champion, sits third in the standings with 29 victories.

Racing continues Tuesday with another nine-race programme that will see the return of Horse of the Year Atomica, who lines up in the Labour Day Trophy feature.

Ruddy Allen

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