Horse Racing

Kalahari comes good at second attempt

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS
Observer writer

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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Making only her second career start and given Lasix for the first time Kalahari made one move to break her maiden, winning the $870,000 Seek Customer Trophy at Caymanas Park on Saturday.

The three-year-old bay filly by Natural SelectionKhadilad, won handily by three-and-a-half lengths going seven-and-a-half furlongs (1,500m) in a time of 1:36.2.

Even after that emphatic performance by Kalahari, trainer Anthony Nunes said that he was disappointed with the run as he expected more.

“It [performance] was all right but I was a little disappointed as I thought she would have won easier than that but I guess she is young. It is only her second start and so hopefully she will improve over time.

“We expected her to lead the race because I thought the race was slow and so she did exactly what was planned. But I expected her to move away from the field at the top of the straight and win comfortably. However in the end, she won all right,” Nunes said.

After an encouraging debut third run over six-and-a-half furlongs (1,300m) behind Lord Ashton and Anwar on August 4, Kalahari was installed as the 1-9 favourite in a field of eight ordinary runners.

Jockey Dick Cardenas wasted no time at the start of the second event as he drove Kalahari straight to the lead over Cohete Del Exito (Oneil Beckford), Crucial's Treasure (Oneil Mullings) and Flying Bullet (Devon A Thomas).

Under a tight hold, Kalahari enjoyed an easy lead down the backstretch and entering the straight for the final drive. Without much challenge though, Kalahari was comfortable in the end over Cohete Del Exito, Isotope (Javaniel Patterson) and Lambana (Hakeem Pottinger) in that order.

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