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Welch, Williams Northlands winners

EZRA STUART, [email protected]

Welch, Williams Northlands winners

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Rookie Rey Williams and veteran Quincy Welch tasted victory, but fellow Barbadian Rico Walcott was winless as Jamaican Shamaree Muir stole the headlines at Northlands Park with a superb triple on the seven-race card here Saturday.

Williams won race two over six furlongs with favourite Kvothe, guiding the chestnut gelding to a 1-1/4 length win over the three-year-olds.

Welch, a multiple-time former champion, won race five with 3-1 bet Sneeky Purchase, beating the three-year-old and upward maidens by a neck, but Walcott, the seven-time reigning Northlands champion, went winless in five starts to remain on eight wins.

The 23-year-old Muir won with 8-1 choice Extramarital in the six-furlong race three when he guided the four-year-old filly Extramarital to a 1-3/4 length, front-running win over the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares.

Six-furlong victory

Muir’s second victory came in another six-furlong trip, when he brought the three-year-old bay gelding Regal Max from a stalking position to edge the three-year-olds by a head.

His final win was another gate-to-wire effort over six furlongs when he combined with six-year-old bay gelding Hawkeye Gold to beat the three-year-olds and upward by half length.

With the success, Muir moved to nine wins for the new season to be joint top of the jockeys standings with Rigo Sarmiento.

Meanwhile, two other Barbadians Antonio Whitehall and Dario Dalrymple logged wins while former Assiniboia Downs champion Chavion Chow won twice at the western Winnipeg Oval on Saturday’s seven-race card.

Whitehall wins race 3


Whitehall made all the running with 7-2 chance Eyes Have It to capture race three over 7-1/2 furlongs by 2-1/4 lengths.

Dalrymple followed suit in a 5-1/2 furlong sprint in race five, bringing favourite Tsunami Girl from off the pace to beat the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares by three-quarters of a length.

It was Chow, however, who grabbed attention, teaming up with seven-year-old bay gelding Dehaven to win race four over 7-1/2 furlongs.

He returned to make every inch of the running aboard six-year-old bay gelding Zar’s Star and take the 5-1/2 furlong sprint for three-year-olds and upward by 1-1/4 lengths. (CMC/EZS)