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Marcus Antonius steals the day


Lindon Yarde

Marcus Antonius steals the day

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Yesterday’s Crop Over Festival Raceday the sixth day of the Barbados Turf Club second racing season at the Garrison Savannah was a very enjoyable day for many, none more so than apprentice jockey Affrie Ward as he registered a career best three wins.
While Ward was basking in his glory, the afternoon’s feature Crop Over Festival Handicap over 1 570 metres went to the Sir David Seale-owned Marcus Antonius (son of Roman Ruler out of Sky Mystic), expertly ridden by champion jockey Anderson Trotman.
For that impeccable display of patience and judgment astride Marcus Antonius, the veteran rider captured the Bubba’s Sunday Buffet Breakfast Ride Of The Day. 
Marcus Antonius was settled at the very back of the field for the first half of the race, but then showed his class in the second stanza.
Sirius Black had broken smartly from the gates and dictated the early fractions, coming into the home turn first time around, with Jakesam, Little Man Arran, Zoom and Gold Mine all in good early positions.
Joint race favourite Just A Fashion reared up a little when the gates opened, and was then quickly angled between horses from the rails to the outside four wide to challenge for the lead. He eventually picked up the running on the wide outside then headed over to the rails, smoothly taking the seven runners into the paddock bend.
He remained the leader until the three-furlong marker with Sirius Black, Jakesam and Zoom still in his wake. Approaching the quarter-mark, Sirius Black assumed the lead as Just A Fashion was being worked on feverishly to maintain his position.
Meantime, Gold Mine had been produced along with Zoom, while jockey Trotman and his mount took closer order, saving ground along the rails. Sirius Black led into the home stretch fully extended, with Zoom and Gold Mine as the major threats.
Mid-stretch, Trotman was allowed plenty of racing room between horses and swiftly moved his charge Marcus Antonius from the rails to join the leading group in the battle of the last half of a furlong.
And in a matter of a few strides he collared Zoom and Gold Mine and simply went by Sirius Black for the authoritative victory with something in reserve.
Sirius Black, partnered by Ricky Walcott, secured the second position, Gold Mine, ridden by Antonio Perch managed to take third position despite running out of steam. Zoom, with Dario Dalrymple aboard, held on for fourth position.
Ward started the day winning aboard Aysha Syndicate’s two-year-old Midnight Run, then returned to win with Anthony Joseph’s A.P. Vincero  and Boo for owner The A Team,  handing trainer Adam Deane a double maiden success.
Up next on the BTC’s racing calendar is the Barbados Derby over 2 000 metres which is set for August 9.

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