Horse Racing

Braeton Gigolo gives warning of his potential

Observer writer

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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Jockey Ruja Lahoe is of the strong belief that if his mount in last Wednesday's (November 14, 2018) Abbie Grannum Memorial Cup, Braeton Gigolo, was not “interfered with and along with being blocked for racing room in deep stretch, I think we would have won by at least three lengths due to the momentum we had”.

After a stirring duel in deep stretch involving four horses, Riddim Up (Omar Walker) prevailed by a length and a half over the fast-finishing Braeton Gigolo in the seven-furlong (1,400m) event for two-year-olds.

After a steward's inquiry and a jockeys' objection lodged by Lahoe, the colours of Riddim Up were lowered and the race awarded to the Enos Brown-trained Braeton Gigolo.

The announcement from the stewards following the disqualification stated that because of intimidation and interference caused by Riddim Up approaching the three-furlong (600m) point, he was disqualified and placed behind Braeton Gigolo.

“If we weren't interfered with, and along with being blocked for racing room in deep stretch, I think we would have won by at least three lengths due to the momentum we had. The interference and not getting the racing room at the right time really hindered our chances of winning the race.

“We didn't get a wonderful break at the start but we were in a good position, nevertheless. Approaching the three-furlong, Omar Walker made a move and we also made a move as well, but Walker came down on us while I was calling out to him that we were there.

“That incident cost us some ground but when I asked him ( Braeton Gigolo) to run he responded nicely, and we had a lot of running still. But again, we got several stops in the lane searching for racing room, but when we eventually got the opening we wanted we ended up coming home short of the target.

“This horse is bred to go long and that will help him in his races, as further down the races will get longer. Also, what I admired about him is that whenever I asked him to move, he answered,” Lahoe stated.

The jockey then declared: “He ( Braeton Gigolo) is a very nice and wonderful horse. I think that Braeton Gigolo will improve and become a horse of good merit. To me, I think that he has the ability to become a Classic prospect later on in his development. He is not fully matured as yet; this was his first run and as time goes on he will get better and develop into a nice horse.”

It was a reasonable start for most of the runners as Fighting Valbee (Aaron Chatrie) and Don Julio (Phillip Parchment) vied for the lead over Nuclear Proud (Dane Dawkins).

Riddim Up found himself on the inside rails, bursting through horses with Emerald Star (Oneil Scott) three wide, Fighting Valbee four wide, and Nuclear Proud five wide — all in with a chance.

Walker drove his mount clear near for home with Braeton Gigolo flying in the end, only to get second place as Emerald Star finished third and Fighting Valbee, fourth.

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