The Awards for Saturday, June 15, 2019

Horse Racing

The Awards for Saturday, June 15, 2019

Observer writer

Friday, June 21, 2019

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IN terms of competitiveness, Dunrobin appreciated the less exacting nature of this field and after a brief early battle led 800 metres out and outsprinted rivals by four-and-a-half lengths in the earliest race of the afternoon.

Half an hour later Sunshine Cat's five-length victory in the second event ensured champion jockey Anthony Thomas did very little for his 10 per cent share of the purse with much more to follow later.

Trained by Gary Subratie and piloted by Christopher Mamdeen, maiden American-bred filly She's An Introvert, who had raced overseas before, made a winning first appearance. It was a convincing late display of energy to beat battling, front-running stablemates Soul Cure and Bold Smile.

This allowed leading owner Michros to claim the top three spots in the nine-horse third event. With fractions of 22.4 x 46.4 strongly contested, the final time of 1:02.0 raises questions of accuracy since minutes before in identical conditions, Sunshine Cat, three classes inferior, coasted home stopping the clock at 1:01.4 after splits of 23.2 and 47.2.

Philip Feanny's well-built grey colt Enuffisenuff, USA-bred but foaled locally, failed to justify overwhelming favouritism with a surprising, disappointing display of greenness.

Coming from off the pace, Enuffisenuff got close enough to hold every chance 200 metres out, but veered sharply right and finished fourth by only one length to give an indication that he will dispose of the maiden tag at the very next opportunity. It was, therefore, left to the speedy Sir Kel to make all in the fourth by responding appropriately to improving apprentice Kiaman McGregor's expert handling.

Although slowest to respond to opening of the gates, Hilly's Halo with the aid of her pacemaker My Sister made smooth progress to ensure front-running Patriarch could not escape. The consistent USA-bred money spinner was well on top 200 metres out to continue the Gary Subratie/Anthony Thomas show by three lengths.

It was hardly likely Clearly Ours, seeking win number 14 from 66 starts, would have been denied victory. The nine-year-old mare duly skated in by nearly six lengths to confirm the form of Mamdeen in the sixth.

Race seven completed Mamdeen's triple birthday gift with Reassurance leading 800 metres from the finish and rolling home by over five lengths, while in the eighth the much underrated reinsman Linton Steadman demonstrated why he should be given many more opportunities with a clinical display on Nuclear Thunder for former jockey Phillip Elliot turned owner/trainer.

With Miss Elaine making all the running and just holding on from the sudden return to form of 26/1 shot Polly Flyer, the ninth and penultimate result sent champion jockey Anthony Thomas with his third win to pose in the winners' enclosure for photographs with owner Patrick Dixon and trainer Dennis Pryce.

After contesting three races over the minimum trip, Sergeant Reckless adjusted to the increased distance to lead from 1,200 metres out in the 1,400-metre nightcap.

Running well inside the last 200, the Wayne DaCosta-conditioned filly held on by just over one length which was narrow but convincing nonetheless. Sergeant Reckless did owner Carlton Watson a good turn by keeping him somewhat in touch with leading owner Michros, who started the day just under a million ahead. The leader added another $700,000 in the third race which was halved by Sergeant Reckless's major slice of the winning purse.


The Jockeyship Award goes to Kiaman McGregor for his skillful and clever handling of Sir Kel. Owen Sharpe takes the Training Feat Award for Dunrobin's fifth victory in 12 starts, having started at the lowest level at five-years-old. The margin of over four lengths makes it the unquestioned Best Winning Gallop display.

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