KINGSTON, Jamaica – The following article is THE QUICK GALLOPER’S analysis of the races offered on St Leger Day (July 2, 2022). Please note that certain races will be left out. These races will be the subject of separate articles.
RACE ONE provided a decisive second victory for the Fitznahum-trained JJ The Striker with Phillip Parchment in the saddle. This was a continuation of the recent form of Parchment, following his four winners over last weekend.
RACE TWO saw Miss Linda Wray winning back-to-back races, this time moving up from $250,000 claiming to the $400,000 bracket. This was the tenth win this year for trainer Donovan Plummer, while for jockey Hewitt it was his eleventh. Hewitt is gaining the reputation of being a spoiler of late, as evidenced last week when he won with outsider Loose Ball at 6-1. Maybe, it has become necessary to follow the fortunes of this jockey.
RACE THREE was another demonstration of the value of equipment change (s). Winner Mine That Cat, owned, trained, and bred by Carl Anderson benefitted from the blinkers being taken off and the visor on. Mine That Cat was a welcome winner for heavyweight jockey Shane Ellis.
RACE FOUR for three-year-old maidens provided the opportunity for first-time Lasix user Awesome Prince trained by Steven Todd to get off the mark. It was also the second winner for Phillip Parchment, currently enjoying the form of life.
RACE FIVE was another example of an equipment change paying dividends. Lady Budget with Calvin Bailey having the reins in his hands and with the visor on, got home by a short-head, denying Phillip Parchment a third win on the day atop Storm Valley. For Bailey, it was a quick return to the winners’ circle, having secured his second - seven days ago.
RACE SIX down the five-straight course brought a longed-for success to Will The Conquerer, the gelding’s fourth from 23 starts. First winner on the day for both trainer Robert Pearson and jockey Reyan Lewis. Lewis continues his recent revival, and long may it last.
RACE SEVEN – The subject of a separate article.
RACE EIGHT – Already, the subject of another article. A hearty welcome back to the saddle after injury to jockey Jerome Innis who partnered Fly Messenger Fly.
RACE NINE - The subject of a separate article.
RACE TEN - The subject of a separate article.