Racing news – First Diamond Mile Race Day – Friday, November 8, 2019Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Consistency pays off for Msmyrtlerichiegirl
Consistency paid off for the connections of Msmyrtlerichiegirl ( Msmyrtleboyrichie – Allthebest) as the four-year-old bay filly notched her second win for the season from 13 starts in a restricted Allowance event.
Going over seven-and-a-half furlongs (1,500m) in the hands of the bustling Dane Nelson, Msmyrtlerichiegirl slammed rivals by 3 ½ comfortable lengths in a time of 1:33.2 with splits of 23.2 x 47.0 x 1:12.2.
Msmyrtlerichiegirl was alert at the start of the race and was held by Nelson in second place as they watched Virtuoso (Jerome Innis) lead the field for the first three-and-a-half furlongs (700m). With Nelson loosening the notch, Msmyrtlerichiegirl took over the lead navigating the half-mile (800m) turn and began to lengthen her strides on the field with every step taken afterward.
Coming into the lane, the Patrick Lynch trainee, under the hand ride, powered home to win ahead of Queen oftheharbour (Christopher Mamdeen) and A Seh Soup (Hakeem Pottinger).
Beltane goes one better
After finishing in second place by 2 ½ lengths to Seven Eleven over four furlongs (800m) straight on October 26, Beltane returned and went one better in a dominating 3 ¼-length win in a Restricted Allowance event for native-bred five-year-olds and upwards over five-and-a-half furlongs (1,100m).
Reyan Lewis was asked once again to do the riding duties aboard Beltane by trainer Wayne Parchment and they wasted no time to take up the running from Strikinglygorgeous (Anthony Thomas) at the half-mile, after which they ran away from rivals.
Instagram made a late run to take second place with Shauna Cruise (Trevor Simpson) in third. The final time was 1:08.4.
Trainer David Powell off the mark
Trainer David Powell earned his first winner for the 2019 racing season after jockey Dane Nelson brought Classy Vishala with a late run to win a Restricted Allowance event.
Classy Vishala broke on the far side from the number three post somewhat off the pace as Mount Zion King (Omar Walker) and Fourthousand (Romario Smith) vied for the early lead.
Mount Zion King then got rid of Fourthousand passing the dummy rails and looked all set for the victory but Nelson produced his mount on the inside rails and Classy Vishala powered by rivals close home to win by 1 ½ lengths.
Mount Zion King held on for second place from Struck by Grace (Robert Halledeen). The final time for the five-furlongs (1000m) journey down the straight course was 1:03.3.
One horse claimed
Only one horse was claimed on the 11-race programme on the first of the two-day Diamond Mile racing carnival.
Big Black Nation, the winner of the sixth race, was claimed from Wayne DaCosta by Welsh Soutar for owner Orville Johnson for $250,000.
No problems for
Six-year-old dark bay gelding Big Black Nation obliged as the 1-2 favourite in a claiming ($250,000-$200,000) spread over five furlongs (1,000m) on the straight course.
Unable to go with the early pace, apprentice Raddesh Roman held Big Black Nation in the chasing pack behind the speedy Super Mal (Jemar Jackson).
Super Mal took the field across the dummy rails but Big Black Nation got into top stride and blew by the leader inside the final furlong (200m) and went on to win by 7 ½ lengths.
Super Mal was second and Miss Nancy (Matthew Bennet) third. The final time was 1:00.1.
When Nevada ridden by Jerome “Cranberry” Innis won the 11th race on the day, it was time to celebrate with the three-year-old filly's trainer, Owen Sharpe.
Owen Sharpe, who is from the well-grounded racing family of Sharpe's including his brother, former champion Arthur and his son Solomon, who is the present chairman of the promoting company, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited won his 100th race.
Nevada won a maiden condition event for three-year-old fillies only run over five furlongs (1,000 metres) round. The filly won in a time of 1:00.1.
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