KINGSTON, Jamaica – After five starts, including some encouraging efforts, five-year-old bay mare Shesaysyes (Casual Trick – Askawoman) came through to take a maiden condition offering over six furlongs (1,200m).
With Shane Ellis in the saddle for owner/trainer Christopher Morrison, Shesaysyes broke well at the off, racing in third place behind Legal Dancer (Natalie Berger) and Crushing Power (Chalrick Budhai). Going into the half-mile (800m) turn, Legal Dancer opened up on the field with Ellis sending Shesaysyes in chase.
Shesaysyes took over at the top of the lane under the hand ride and skittered home to score by 4 ¼ lengths ahead of Lambana (Raddesh Roman) in second and Stacyslady (Osive Donegal), who finished third. The final time was a pedestrian 1:18.3.
Casual Charm goes all the way
Four-year-old bay filly Casual Charm (Casual Trick – Charmin’ Diaz) made all the running to win a maiden condition race for native-bred four-year-olds and upwards who had not earned $250,000 since October 29, 2019.
Conditioned by Victor Williams and ridden by Anthony Thomas, Casual Charm won the four-furlongs (800m) event by 1 ¼ lengths in a time of 48.4.
Casual Charm disputed the early lead with Nuclear Weapon (Mathew Bennett) and Gimmipalinka (Reyan Lewis), just a touch behind. Inside the last furlong (200m), Casual Charm was clear of rivals, and after a couple of reminders from Thomas the bay filly finished well. Gimmipalinka took second with Dangote (Jordan Barrett), earning the third spot.
Bigman Union in the nick of time
Bigman Union (Nasheet – Zealot), trained by Gary Griffiths and ridden by Reyan Lewis, came with a strong run against the inside rails in deep stretch to get up in time to claim victory in an Optional Claiming ($250,000-$200,000) event run over one mile (1,600m).
Bigman Union and Thomas watched closely as Jamaican Citizen (Anthony Thomas) and Samora (Devon A Thomas) vied for the lead.
Turning for home with Jamaican Citizen looking all over the winner, Lewis started to dig into Bigman Union, who responded quickly, running on to get the neck in front at the line. Jamaican Citizen was second with Princess Kavel (Aaron Chatrie) coming from far behind to finish third. The final time was 1:45.3.
Supreme Authority makes one move to win at 19-1
Supreme Authority (Kantharos – Key West Appeal) led from the first jump and never gave up his position as he ran out a comfortable winner in an Optional Claiming ($180,000-$150,000) event travelling three furlongs.
Supreme Authority (Romario Spencer) shot to the lead at the off, with Spencer making a direct move for the outside rails before drawing away from rivals. Parajet (Oshane Nugent) got second place and Sure Step (Oshadane Robinson) third. The final time was 36.1.
Six horses claimed
Six horses were claimed on the eight-race programme.
Ryan Darby claimed winner Salah for owners James Forbes and Nadine Russell-Forbes for $750,000 from Steven Todd in the third race.
In the fifth race, Anthony Nunes claimed Golden Emperor for owner Ajax Bjorn from Gary Crawford, and Lorne Kirlew claimed Samora for himself from Kingsley Davis. Both horses were claimed for $250,000 each.
Patrick Fong claimed Parajet for owner Soldier Camp from Steven Todd; Ryan Darby claimed Supreme Authority for owners James Forbes and Nadine Russell-Forbes from Nicholas Smith and Keisha Lawrence claimed Pandora’s Box for owner Rudolph Hardial from Fernando Geddes from the sixth race. All claims in the sixth race were made at $180,000 each.
Prince Charles on the move
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Following back-to-back wins by Prince Charles at the Overnight Allowance level last Wednesday (February 26), trainer Anthony Nunes says he was disappointed with the effort. But the trainer believes his four-year-old chestnut gelding can produce competitive runs at the highest level.
“I believe he [Prince Charles] has the talent to be a Grade One sprinter. I believe so. What he needs to do is to improve on his Overnight victories to get to that level,” Nunes said.
Ridden by apprentice Reyan Lewis, Prince Charles (Mine Over Matter – She’s Spectacular) won the six-and-a-half furlong (1,300m) event by a short head in a time of 1:20.0.
Prince Charles was off to a good start, racing in third behind the early speed led by Nuclear Thunder (Javaniel Patterson) and stable companion Graydon (Dane Dawkins). Going into the half-mile, Harry’s Train (Kiaman McGregor) recovered from a poor start and went by rivals to take up the running ahead of Graydon and Prince Charles.
In the lane, Prince Charles surged to the front and kept up his work in deep stretch but had to withstand the late charge of Wartime (Raddesh Roman).
“I’m pleased in that he [Prince Charles] has progressed through Overnight Allowance relatively comfortably and he’s now at the Open Allowance level, but I was disappointed in the actual run today [Wednesday].
“I thought he was in better shape for this race than his previous ones.
“I don’t know if you remember me saying, when he won the other Overnight Allowance race, that I wasn’t happy with him. He had bled through Lasix when he came home and we worked on him, and I said ‘all right, we have him where we want him’.
“Yes, he ran and he won, but if you look at these last three wins at the same distance, he won in 1:18.4, 1:19.1, and 1:20.0 suggesting he is going backward or is regressing.
“He is a funny type of horse. He loves competition, as a furlong out it looked like Wartime was going to run by him, but Prince Charles fought on again so he can be tricky that way; and he is not a great workhorse either,” Nunes informed.