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Champion Jalon shows style, Vitality


Lindon Yarde

Champion Jalon shows style, Vitality

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Riding sensation Jalon Samuel put on another riding exhibition for his supporters yesterday at the Garrison Savannah.
The 19-year-old champion jockey stole the spotlight as he booted home four winners on the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association race day.
Samuel combined with the Blue Diamonds Stable’s colt Vitality to win the afternoon’s feature event – the BTBA Sprint Stakes And Trophy – for Barbadian-bred three-year-old and older creoles over 1 100 metres.
Vitality and Slip Stream battled for the lead throughout the race before putting the matter to bed on entering the home stretch, eventually coasting home to an easy victory.
Zoom, piloted by Antonio Bishop, took the second spot from Must Be The Money, partnered by Gregory Johnson, with Kingdora, ridden by Paul Leacock, back in fourth.
Samuel got his winning streak going with a smooth wire-to-wire win on the Stanton French-owned Local Speed as they took the Gone Platinum Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 55-75 and also open to horses rated 54 and below over 1 800 metres.
He then teamed up with the Naz Issa-trained Midnight Touch to land the Don Anglesonny Handicap for West Indian-bred three-year-old maidens over 1 800 metres.
Samuel ventured deep in his repertoire and produced the day’s best ride, a peach aboard Discreetwon for brothers Daniel and Martin Raizman.
Spectacular victory
The pair broke smartly on leaving the gates before playing predictor as they stalked the leaders Rock Forever, Cavaichi and Justanotheropinion. Turning for home Samuel then took aim at his lone prey Rock Forever before Discreetwon cantered by for the spectacular victory with Samuel all smiles.
In the trainers’ category Anderson Ward, Richard Deane and Roger Parravicino all recorded doubles strikes.
Ward’s other winner came via Lord Michael Taylor’s Cabin Boy, who was smartly ridden by Jamaican-born Gregory Johnson as he registered his maiden win on local soil. The pair landed the Kingdora Condition Race for West Indian-bred two-year-old maidens over 1 100 metres.
Riding a wave of success, trainer Deane’s rich form continued as he scored with Aysha Syndicate’s Late Bid, ridden by Antonio Whitehall in the Divine Messenger Condition Race for two- and three-year-old maidens over 1 100 metres.
His other win came with The A Team-owned Jamaica Moon, also ridden by Whitehall, as the pair took the Sky Beauty Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 30-50 over 1 800 metres.
Not to be left out, Parravicino’s journey to the winner’s enclosure came via Discreetwon in Race 7 before he combined with Nick Parravicino’s Mrs B and jockey Jonathan Grant in the curtain event – the Kabul Handicap for West Indian-bred three-year-old and older winners of only one race in their career over 1 570 metres.
It was a fitting way to end the day’s programme with the season’s last day set for September 8.

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