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High five

Lindon Yarde

High five

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It was a Kadooment Day celebration with a difference yesterday at the Garrison Savannah as the BTC’s sixth day of action concluded.
Devoid of most of the splendour, music, colour and pageantry associated with the cultural activities, the Crop Over Festival raceday was action-packed from the start. Five people celebrated double victories on the nine-race card.
They were trainers Victor Cheeseman and Richard Deane, along with jockeys Anderson Trotman, Jalon Samuel and Antonio Perch.
Trotman, who is currently leading the jockey standings, started the day by winning aboard the Sir Charles Williams-owned Chimichurri who easily turned the tables on last race day winner Capere.
The colt cruised home in the Junior Kadooment Condition race for West Indian bred two-year-olds over 1 000 metres.
It was not long before Trotman was back in winner’s enclosure.
This time piloting the Richard Deane-trained Just Jiving to victory in the Pick Of De Crop Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 38-60 also open to horses rated 37 and below over 1 800 metres. Trainer Deane had previously won race 2 with Midnight Express who took the Bridgetown Market Handicap for four-year-old-maidens over 1 100 metres.
A little sprinkling of rain during the late afternoon did not dampen the spirit of the spectators or the fortunes of jockey Jalon Samuel as he produced double strikes.
Samuel ‘hot’
First with Fay Browne-owned Sail On in the Cohobblopot Handicap (Division-A) for West Indian-bred three-year-old maidens over 1 100 metres.
Samuel then teamed up with trainer Cheeseman to take the Crop Over Festival Handicap for non-West Indian-bred maidens and West Indian-bred three-year-old winners over 1 100 metres.
While on paper Slip Stream appeared unbeatable, the soft track conditions that existed certainly forced one to look elsewhere for the winner. Samuel obliged his fans with a beautiful front running ride on the Luther. G. Miller III-owned colt Greeley Gone West.
The colt’s maiden victory was by a whopping seven lengths. Lune De Barachois with Antonio Perch trailed in second followed by Boo who was paired with Jonathon Grant in third, and race favourite Slip Stream under Anderson Trotman hung on for fourth.
It was then left to jockey Perch and trainer Cheeseman to close out the afternoon’s proceedings. This duo combined with the A. Bethel, S. Walcott, D. Bynoe and Sir R. Buchanan-owned Zaltarr.
With his customary late burst the informed Zaltarr pulverized the opposition in the Grand Kadooment Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 45-70 also open to horses rated 44 and below over 1 100 metres. Vandross, also conditioned by trainer Cheeseman, finished second giving him a rare one-two finish.
Two races earlier, jockey Perch had a smart victory on the Philip Batson-owned Uneverno as they took the Soca Royale Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 18-40 and also open to horses rated 17 and below over 1 570 metres.
Perch’s mount stumbled at the top of the homestretch causing him to lose his balance; he did remarkably well to regain his balance and composure to complete the comfortable win.
Action swings into its seventh day on August 6 Derby Day.

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