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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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CUP O TEA DRAINED TO THE LAST DROP

Cup O Tea stepped down two classes to contest the Seek Composition Plaque on a $250,000-$210,000 claiming tag, but the five-year-old bay mare had to fight for the victory going nine-furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m).

Ridden by Kerry-Gayl Robinson for trainer Junior Small, Cup O Tea settled behind the early pace as King Nebarue (O'Brien White) and King Within (Robert Halledeen) exchanged blows up front with Also Correct (Omar Walker) chasing.

Cup O Tea took her time advancing on the inside rails and drew closer to the leaders down the backstretch. By the time the field reached the top of the lane, Cup O Tea was in front and the bay mare accelerated in deep stretch.

However, she had to withstand a late surge from Chief Prospect (Oneil Scott) in the closing stages of the race, winning by a short head in the end. The winning time was 2:04.0

HOLOGRAM SHADOW CONTINUES TO WIN

Without a doubt, Hologram Shadow has been the most consistent horse racing in the claiming ranks. The nine-yearold earned his fifth win for the season and 22nd overall in the steward's room on Saturday.

In the fourth race —The Seek 70 Sheet Plaque over seven furlongs – Hologram Shadow, under leading rider Anthony Thomas, picked up the lead at the three-eighths pole and looked strong in deep stretch, but was collared on the wire by Diferentgeneration (Oneil Scott), the latter getting home by a head.

After an inquiry, Diferentgeneration was disqualified and placed third behind Flying Machine (Jerome Innis) for causing interference to the latter in the closing stages of the race. The race was then awarded to Hologram Shadow. The final time was recorded at 1:28.3.

NINE HORSES CLAIMED ON SATURDAY

Nine horses were claimed on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park on Saturday. Fernando Geddes claimed Double Deal for owner Master Gates Connection from Dennis Thwaites; Edward Walker claimed Counter Attack for himself from Anthony Nunes; Adin Williams claimed Chief Prospect for himself from Dennis Lee; Steven Todd claimed Cup O Tea for himself from Junior Small; and Keisha Lawrence claimed Also Correct for owner The Sopranos from Delroy Wisdom from the third race. All horses were claimed for $250,000 each.

In the fourth race, Rohan Mattie claimed Diferentgeneration for owner Proper Fix Syndicate from Steven Todd and Ryan Darby claimed Flying Machine for owner Andre Smith from Lawrence Freemantle. Both horses went for $450,000 each. Steven Todd claimed Woodhouse from Delroy Waugh for owner Joseph Lewars for $180,000, while Norman Smith took Sundance from Norman Rose for himself, also for $180,000 from the seventh race.

TRAINER GRESFORD SMITH ENTERS DOUBLE FIGURES

Trainer Gresford Smith notched his 10th winner for season after Lady V, ridden by Ruja Lahoe, romped the seventh race, the Little Seek 20 Sheet Plaque, by over two lengths going four furlongs (800m) down the straight course.

Lady V got a clean break from the number 12 draw and immediately got herself into a good position and then ran away with the victory inside the final furlong (200m). The bay mare won by twoand- a-quarter lengths over Woodhouse (Doushane Gordon), Princess Statistic (Javaniel Patterson) and Beast (Chalwick Budhai) in a time of 48.3. The win provided Lahoe with his seventh for the season.

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