Horse Racing

Honey Ryda finds her true colours, now in Overnight

Observer writer

Friday, August 31, 2018

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After Honey Ryda's rousing and game victory in the sixth running of the O&S Tack Room Trophy on Sunday, August 26, 2018, trainer Richard Azan is confident that his chestnut filly can make it to the top level in local horse racing.

The expectation of a good Classic season did not materialise for Honey Ryda, but on Sunday the Adore The Gold offspring found her colours when she defeated favourite Outrageous Taj (Oneil Mullings) by a neck in a driving finish to the wire going over six-and-a-half furlongs.

With former champion jockey Panamanian Dick Cardenas in the irons, Honey Ryda was hustled to the take the lead over Outrageous Taj, Wilson and My Sister.

Honey Ryda opened up on the field at the half-mile but whatever advantage she had was being whittled away by the marauding Outrageous Taj.

In the lane Honey Ryda was pasted against the inside rails, as she gave up the lead to Outrageous Taj. When all seemed lost heading towards the final half-a-furlong (100m), Honey Ryda rallied under a strong and determined ride from Cardenas to nip Outrageous Taj by a neck.

Anna Lisa (Oneil Scott) came from far behind to get third place ahead of stable companion My Sister. The final time was 1:19.2.

“Good! I mean, it was a very good performance by Honey Ryda to win as she is improving a lot and I am really proud of her and I am happy as well.

“So, now she goes up to Overnight Allowance and from there we will see how she can handle the top classes. I think she will eventually get to the higher classes. She is a nice filly,” Azan said.

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