Historic race day with no spectators gets underway with 1-5 Super Mal winning

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Super Mal - the first winner of a non-spectator race in Jamaica - the rider is appremtice Matthew Bennett.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The pounding of the horses’ hoofs could be heard when the gates from as far as the three furlong marker at Caymanas Park moments ago.

There was no shouting from the stands of punters supporting their horses or the “cussing” of jockeys. There was silence, as the first race ever to be run in Jamaica without spectators got underway with the 1-5 favourite Super Mal ridden by apprentice Matthew Bennett wining by  3 ½ lengths.

Second went to Royal Girl (Oneil Scott) with Buck Call (Chalrick Budhai) third.

RACE 1 $180-150,000 OPTIONAL CLAIMING (5YOS&UP) 800METRES/4FUR ST 12:20 PM
Pos. No. Horse Jockey Odds Win Place q
1 9 Super Mal Mathew Bennett 1-5 $68 $56.00
2 4 Royal Girl Oneil Scott 7-2 $62.00
3 1 Buck Call Chalrick Budhai 65-1 $415.00
4 7 Traditional Storm Richard Henry 7-1
5 10 Lola Grey Samantha Fletcher 12-1
TRAINER: Steven Todd
LNS: #2 Lady Carmen
Splits:23.3 – Time:49.2 – Margins:3 1/2 x 1 3/4 – 10 RAN
Ex:$213 T/Fecta:$708 Hi-5:$2,663
Qu:$137 S/Fecta:$2162