Trotman top jockey
For the second consecutive racing season, Anderson “Tom” Trotman left winning the jockeys first-season title until the 11th hour, this time storming home aboard the Sir David Seale-owned Reward Me in the final race yesterday at the Garrison Savannah.
Trotman’s masterpiece in the Grandstand Posse Seventh Anniversary Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 37-55 and also open to horses rated 36 and below over 2 000 metres, earned him the Bubba’s Sunday Buffet Breakfast Ride Of The Day.
Starting the day needing three wins to draw level with leader Reshawn Latchman, Trotman starred on the Grandstand Posse Raceday with two other wins astride High Tide and Just A Fashion, which enabled him to claim the BTC’s first season riding title despite being tied on wins with Latchman on 14.
He took the crown by virtue of superior second-place finishes.
One of the day’s most impressive performances saw the Aysha Syndicate’s Just A Fashion impressively cantering home in the Fresh Milk Trophy Handicap for three-year-olds and older horses over 1 800 metres in a sizzling 1:34.1, easing down after turning into the homestretch
Trotman’s success highlighted a day that saw fellow jockey Jalon Samuel landing the feature race with second favourite Princess Di.
She broke smartly with the leader Katara, and Appealing, Belly Dancer, Lavani and Aquatic Star following on. Katara took the field into the clubhouse turn, where positions changed slightly with Belly Dancer, Princess Di, Aquatic Star, Lavani, Appealing, and Margarita all in close contention.
It continued that way until the field raced for the home turn with Katara clinging to the lead and Princess Di and Aquatic Star in hot pursuit, at which stage Jasmine had also made a sweeping move to get into contention.
Princess Di surged to the front inside the last furlong and was able to hold off a determined Aquatic Star ridden by Trotman.
Jasmine, partnered by Antonio Perch, came flying at the end to grab third place, while Katara, under jockey Kyle Carter, held on for fourth position.
Samuel had earlier piloted home the Blue Diamond Racing-owned Vitality in the clash of the last three Sandy Lane Spa Sprint winners, Areutalkintome and Shared Adventure.