'Drinks' on the house

Smashing debut by juvenile Casual Drink lifts excitement at her stables

Observer staff reporter

Friday, September 14, 2018

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The two-year-old season picked up significant pace on Saturday last (September 8, 2018) with the introduction of the highly rated and much touted Casual Drink .

After numerous bullet works in the mornings that got tongues wagging with many anticipating her debut, Casual Drink didn't disappoint as the bay filly by Casual Trick - Zacapa made her racing debut one to remember by scoring an impressive seven-length victory in the $1.1 million Front Runner Sprint over five-and-a-half furlongs (1,100m).

Ridden by Dane Dawkins, Casual Drink sat behind the early pace set by Mystic Mama and made her move as dictated by her jockey — the far-striding filly responded well and drew away from rivals to win with much to spare.

The impressive time of 1:06.4 was noted, especially coming from a horse that was running for the first time and with a lot of room for improvement.

Trainer Gary Subratie was overjoyed at the end of the race.

“I am very pleased with the performance. She ( Casual Drink) has been training well and she has been doing everything we have asked of her, and so we are going to see how she came out of the race and then we will move on from there.

“We are going to aim at the Cash Pot 'Only One For Me' Trophy coming up next month.

“Right now, she is looking very good. She is going to improve because we didn't ask her to run apart from today (Saturday) and so let's see what she does. As long as she stays sound and healthy she will go places,” Subratie said.

Princess Annie (Omar Walker), who was outpaced from the start of the race, came on strong in deep stretch for second place. Mystic Mamma (Devon A Thomas) did well for third place.

Breeder/owner Don Wehby believes he has another good horse in his grasp.

“I think it was a fantastic performance. I didn't expect her to go that fast on her debut in 1:06.4, and as you can see she was quite easy in terms of winning.

“What I am very encouraged about is that she actually galloped out as a two-year-old, galloping out like that probably indicates that she will get a distance of ground and that is good as she is a very small filly. Hopefully she will train on as a three-year-old.

“I think she is another good horse in the making as long as she stays fit. The trainer thinks very, very highly of her, and so let's keep our fingers crossed that she stays sound and we will take it from there.

“Hopefully she can be a factor in the Supreme Ventures two-year-old series, but with horse racing I have learnt never to get too excited,” Wehby said.

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