Horse Racing

Gift Of Law stuns at 21-1

Observer writer

Friday, August 24, 2018

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Three-year-old chestnut filly Gift Of Law, who didn't have much to say in the Classic races earlier this season, found her rhythm when she collared a better than average field of runners in the glass to win the Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association of Jamaica (TOBA) Trophy feature to the joy of her trainer Louis Richards.

It was the filly's 10th run for the year, having scored her lone win at 10 furlongs (2,000m) after failing to click at the shorter distances. Even installing the reigning champion jockey Omar Walker in place of Gary Richards, and the distance reduced, could not attract shorter odds than was offered, going off at an inviting 21-1 in the seven-furlong (1,400m) trophy race on Saturday.

Walker broke Gift Of Law with the rest of the field, but immediately took her to the back of the pack where he bided his time with the filly for her intended late kick.

Though taking closer orders leaving the half-mile marker, Gift Of Law was still second to last when the horses settled down for the two-furlong (400m) final stretch run.

The Distorted Gracious Gift filly was then set free inside the final 100 metres to nail the 99-1 shot Empress Nicole ridden by O'Brien White at the wire by a length.

The winning time of 1:28 minutes from the Lopez Dream Stables-owned filly was not in itself anything of note, but the victory, in essence, was significant and trainer Richards, with a sense of pumped up satisfaction, said: “I could not be more pleased with this performance. I was 100 per cent sure that she could not lose. She ( Gift Of Law) had a little problem but we sorted it out. I have always had a lot of confidence in the ability of this filly to be a winner.

“I always had this filly to be among the best in her age group and this was why I ran her in both the Oaks and Derby Classic races. While her ability to perform well was never in doubt, her performances in those races were not in keeping with her known ability and on closer examination I later found out that she had a little problem but that's all sorted out now and she is alright,” Richards said.

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