Knight Rider takes the Crown
THE?Gay Smith-owned 2013 Derby winner Knight Rider upset favourite Shared Adventure to win the pattern $30 000 Grade I Diamonds International Crown Of Light Boxing Day Stakes and Trophy for the top rated horses over 1 570 metres at the Garrison Savannah yesterday.
Before a very large crowd and under overcast skies to the thunderous applause of the posse in the Grandstand, the gelding was confidently ridden by Antonio Bishop, who stalked early leaders Show Me The Money and even-money favourite Shared Adventure.
With the rest of the field struggling to make an impression, Bishop took his time as jockey Kenny John sent Shared Adventure to the lead at the three-furlong maker where he opened a two-lengths lead on the field.
Maintaining that lead proved a challenge as at the two-furlong marker Knight Rider raced alongside at full throttle. The pair came into the home turn locked in a very keen battle with nothing to separate them. At the finish line Knight Rider stuck his head in front for the amazing victory.
Shared Adventure had to settle for the runners-up spot. Zoom, who was outpaced in the early part of the race, ran on to gather third place under Affrie Ward, with fourth going to Erados, partnered by Shane Collymore.
The Boxing Day Juvenile Open Condition Race for imported two-year-olds over 1 570 metres was impressively won by Aysha Syndicate’s Just A Fashion, nicely ridden by Bishop.
He was settled in second position after the start behind stablemate and race favourite Wild Cat Tea. They were followed by Marcus Antonius and Soca Diva. Wild Cat Tea weakened at the three-furlong pole leaving Just A Fashion with the lead.
He aggressively held that position up to the finish line despite a challenge from second-place horse Marcus Antonius, with Anderson Trotman in the saddle.
First-time starter Sarava Point, ridden by Antonio Perch, which was a back-marker throughout, closed well to get third place while Soca Diva trailed in fourth under Reshawn Latchman.
In the West Indian-bred edition of the Diamonds International/Vena D’Amor Condition Race for two-year olds over 1 570 metres, Trotman celebrated lifting the 2013 jockey championship with a masterful ride aboard the Neville Isdell-owned Corvette.
Originally booked to partner stablemate Kariba Rose, who was a late non-starter, Trotman seized the opportunity and settled the colt toward the back of the field. At the start, Nobel Intent, Princess Di, Katara and Conway all raced for the lead going into the top turn.
Nobel Intent wrested the lead from Conway and Princess Di, while In The Pink continued her stalking ways. Into the home stretch with Nobel Intent fully extended, Corvette circled horses to get into contention.
By mid stretch he was definitely going the better of the two horses and came away with the win. Nobel Intent, partnered by Jason Leacock, held on for second place. In The Pink, with Latchman in the steel, ran on to get third, while Conway, ridden by Jalon Samuel, settled for fourth position.