Upsets feature of the day
Realtors Limited Race Day proved to be a day of upsets as two of the day’s feature races produced surprise winners.
Before another large crowd at the Garrison Savannah, the Anderson Nicholls-owned John Vere, confidently ridden by Antonio Whitehall, impressively took the Grade II Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopeful Breeders Stakes and Trophy over 1 570 metres.
The Victor Cheeseman trainee earned a hard-fought victory over the much fancied Nobel Intent, ridden by jockey Jason Leacock.
At the start of this event, Nobel Intent fired the first salvo, lunging to the front, followed by Conway, John Vere, Jakeandsam, Corvette and Margarita as the leading group.
Nobel Intent bolted at the paddock bend, taking challenger Conway terribly wide and putting paid to his chances. After that, Nobel Intent maintained the lead which proved beneficial for others.
With three quarters of the race completed in one minute, 17.1 seconds, Nobel Intent was joined by John Vere while Jasmine and Jakeandsam made some headway.
A two-horse battle ensued deep into the homestretch between Nobel Intent and John Vere, with Nobel Intent again denied victory, this time by John Vere, who was the stronger of the two at the finish.
Jakeandsam with Jalon Samuel up took third while the race favourite Corvette disappointed but finished fourth with Anderson Trotman astride.
Gay Smith-owned Zoom provided another upset in one of the supporting feature races when landing the Bonaventure Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy Condition race over 2 000 metres.
The nine-year-old gelding made it win No. 4
in this event, having previously won in 2009, 2011 and 2012. The Edward Walcott-trained stud stunned Vanity Affair, Kendal Moon and Knight Rider.
Jockey Affrie Ward must be credited for the confident way in which he went about securing
the victory which he accomplished by a neck on the outside in a driving three-way finish.
When the gates opened, High Tide led Vanity Affair, Cinnamon Jane, Sirius Black, Knight Rider, Zoom and Kendal Moon for the first four furlongs of the race. Positions changed slightly going down the back stretch as Sirius Black and Kendal Moon moved into contention while Cinnamon Jane was relegated to mid-pack.
At the mile pole, High Tide remained a strong leader, with Vanity Affair, Kendal Moon and Knight Rider in hot pursuit, while Zoom made steady progress.
High Tide was the first to turn into the homestretch, with Kendal Moon seeking room along the rail and Vanity Affair in the middle. With this trio fully extended, Zoom came with a sweeping surge, on the outside, a burst that proved decisive.
Vanity Affair, under Jalon Samuels took second, while Kendal Moon, partnered with Anderson Trotman had to settle for third, while the raging-hot favourite Knight Rider with Antonio Bishop up was forced to settle for fourth place.
The Bubba’s Sunday buffet and breakfast Ride Of The Day went to Reshawn Latchman for his ride aboard the Bill and Haley Blevins-owned Janak’s Gold. The pair took the Points of View Luxury Villa Trophy Handicap for horses rated 62-80 over 1 570 metres.