Raceday review for Saturday, April 24, 2021

Trainer Anthony Nunes bonds with Nuclear Noon. The groom is Heron Lamie)
Trainer Anthony Nunes bonds with Nuclear Noon. The groom is Heron Lamie)

Confident in the superiority of his mount 2020 joint champion Dane Nelson was unconcerned with the slow start by favourite San Siro in the opening event run over 1400 metres. In no hurry to make the ground yielded soon after his break from the gate, the Lawrence Freemantle owned and trained winner made steady headway from 800 metres out and had his field measured entering the last 200 to score by over four lengths.

The Jason DaCosta trained long odds-on favourite Make Up Artist (Anthony Thomas) demonstrated above average ability for a four-year-old racing for the first time four months into what should be its third season. The filly had an aborted attempt to race on January 25 of this year with the officiating vet making a diagnosis of lameness in the post parade.

Travelling throughout at about 80% of what would be an acknowledged full gallop Make Up Artist clocked 1:05.2 for the 1100 metres trip winning by 18 lengths. This was the first of two wins on the day for the in-form trainer and the first of three for Thomas on the card.

DaCosta’s second winner was confirmed in the 1600-metre eighth when racing certainty 2020 Jamaica Derby hero King Arthur won the feature Jamaica Racing Commission World Vet Day trophy for Thomas’s third.

Predictably, Prince Sammo (Mario Chong) made the top of the frame by over five lengths for veteran conditioner Dennis Lee in the 1000-metre third event.

Half an hour later Thomas for his second of his destined three rode Nicholas Smith’s Mamacita to victory in the 800-metre fourth.

In the 1000-metre fifth race Bebeto Harvey aboard Father Riel was always in control to deliver victory for trainer Junior Small. The 1000-metre straight proved an ideal distance for the Carl Anderson bred, owned and trained Lord of Ajahlon who won the sixth event with jockey Dane Dawkins tallying his twelfth success of the season.

Based on exercise gallops, United States bred Double Diva (Anthony Thomas) trained by DaCosta was expected by the clockers and consequently most bettors to make a winning debut. However, the nicely conformed filly’s effort was thwarted by Nuclear Noon (Robert Halledeen) who galloped smartly throughout the 1200 metres to deliver a pleasing effort leaving the imported filly nearly two lengths short. This colt taking orders now from champion Anthony Nunes looks to be on course for competitiveness in the upcoming Futurities.

United States import Iamacitizen (Youville Pinnock) trained by Patrick Lynch, fresh from a victory over 1100 metres seven days prior, outstayed eight rivals by four and a half lengths in the 1820-metre ninth event at odds of 8/1.

The nightcap was won convincingly by favourite Unknown Soldier ridden by Aaron Chatrie for conditioner Spencer Chung. The mare, owned and bred by Messrs W V P Chung, Howard Hamilton and Robert Chung dominated and never looked likely to be defeated reaching the winning post over four lengths clear.

The Training Feat Award is presented to Patrick Lynch for the performance of Iamacitizen in following up victory in a sprint with a convincing middle distance effort requiring stamina whilst displaying the Best Winning Gallop from in front. The jockeyship Award goes to Anthony Thomas for his win with Mamacita drawn at the unfavourable number one post position and won engaged in a virtual match with the Dane Nelson ridden Mother Nature eventually prevailing with only a neck to spare.



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