Cheeseman saddles 3 winners
Trainer Victor Cheeseman used the William “Bill” Marshall race day to give fans another timely reminder of his training ability yesterday at the Garrison Savannah.
Cheeseman’s charges won three races including the feature, the William Bill Marshall DFC SCM Memorial two-year-old Creole Classic Stakes and Trophy over 1 570 metres, with Nekitta.
The Lewin Godding-owned filly was patiently ridden by leading apprentice Antonio Whitehall. The outcome of this race might have been different had the raging hot favourite Khartoum not bolted going around the paddock bend, in the process bouncing the speedy unbeaten filly Cavanak.
That took care of Cavanak’s chances as she was knocked off stride, eventually going wide on the outside rail.
It left High Tide to contest the lead with Devil’s Khandy. They were followed by Nekitta, Janak’s Gold, Khartoum, Koh Samui and Trinidad Dreamer.
The leaders battled back towards the two furlong marker at which stage Nekitta took closer order to contest the pace.
High Tide brought them into the homestretch before Nekitta kicked clear and went on for the win.
Janaki’s Gold, under jockey Kenny John, got up to take second place. High Tide, with Jalon Samuel, finished third and Devil’s Khandy, partnered by Renaldo Cumberbatch, was fourth.
Cheeseman’s first success came in the day’s opening race with the Luther Miller III and wife Suzan’s Rahy Stormello, under jockey Reshawn Latchman. It was the second win in succession for the combination of owners, horse and jockey.
This time, the race they won was the Alto Jane Condition race for two year olds and West Indian bred three-year-old maidens over 1 100 metres.
Cheeseman’s other win came via the A. Bethell, S. Walcott, D. Bynoe and Sir R. Buchanan-owned Zaltarr, who was piloted home by Latchman in the the Blast of Storm Handicap for three years old and older horses, rated 52-75, and also open to horses rated 51 and below, over 1 100 metres.
There was no stopping H & M-owned Shared Adventure in the supporting feature – the Coo Bird Handicap for three years old and older horses, rated 117-140, and also open to horses rated 116 and below, over 1 100 metres
The Boston John-trained colt, confidently ridden by Whitehall, broke smartly from the No. 8 box to join the early leader Run Alke Run. The pair opened a six-length lead on the second group of Vitality, Giovedi, A.P. Vincero and Purr Class.
The handsome colt by Wildcat Heir out of Starship Elaine watched as Run Alke Run gave it his all before jockey Whitehall decided enough was enough and he cantered home.
Shared Adventure never felt the whip as he coursed around the track to stop the clock an impressive 1:03.4.
Purr Class, under Jason Leacock was second, with Giovedi, partnered by Ricky Walcott, in third spot and A.P. Vincero, ridden by Anderson Trotman, fourth.
Racing continues on Saturday, the fourth day of the third season.