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LINDON YARDE

Derby classic

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THE SIGNS were clear. As expected, the combination of owners Melrose and Clifton Racing and trainer Naz Issa, reigned supreme and along the way continued their domination of the classics with a superb one-two finish in the United Barbados Derby going 2 000 metres at the Garrison Savannah yesterday.Leave It To Me and Amanyara were the first two past the pole in that order, and brightened the day for all those who braved the weather to witness the Derby.Before a large crowd, and under overcast skies, the Issa-trained three-year-old bay filly Leave It To Me, ridden by Panamanian-born, Trinidad-based jockey Nobel Abrego, stuck her neck out at the line to snatch the victory. At the start, Amanyara broke on top but was taken back to second to allow Tornade to make the early running followed by Island Lad, Between The Sheik, Leave It To Me, Dance The Distance, Local Speed, Sea Gypsy, Gone Prospecting and Captain Sully in that order.Positions remained unchanged until the three-furlong marker, at which stage Amanyara started her run for home, with Tornade trying to keep pace, and Leave It To Me stalking. Island Lad and Local Speed were hard under pressure.Entering the home stretch, Leave It To Me was in hot pursuit of Amanyara, with Island Lad and Tornade battling under pressure, while Dance The Distance was produced for his chance.The two favourites set down to fight it out and locked going to the line. In a driving finish, Leave It To Me prevailed over Amanyara, while long shot Island Lad got third, and the other Naz Issa entry Dance The Distance finished fourth.Owner Peter Odle was ecstatic after the race.“It’s a wonderful feeling to have won all three jewels of the Triple Crown, and unprecedented to finish one two in all three legs of the Triple Crown,” he said.“Leave It To Me is a tremendous race horse, and jockey Abrego is an exceptional rider. He is ten to 15 pounds better than the others.”A beaming trainer Naz Issa added: “I feel great. Both Leave It To Me and Amanyara worked exceptionally well, and the jockeys rode fantastic races. They will now get a much earned rest, and will just go to the sea and cool out.”Earlier in the day, Apostle made a return to winners’ enclosure with a smooth victory in the T.A. “Tommy” Peirce Memorial Trophy Handicap going 1570 metres. It was a smart win as Apostle had all under early pressure and never eased up. On entering the home stretch Apostle got a couple reminders from his jockey and he strode away, to leave all present in no doubt as to his class.Bipin, continuing to progress, was good enough for second, with Walk On By third, and Bram Stoker back in fourth.Three jockeys rode doubles on the card, in Randy Whitter (La Padrino and Pur Class), Anderson Trotman (Slip Stream and Apostle) and Antonio Bishop (Zaltarr and Bocelli).

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