Horse Racing

Marquesas finally gets it right

…trainer Marlowe dedicates win to his father; She's A Maneater reaffirms her number one status

Observer staff reporter

Sunday, July 29, 2018

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The burden of being the champion two-year-old weighed heavily on the shoulders of Marquesas. Try as he might, Marquesas could not win a race as a three-year-old in 2018.

Well, that burdensome weight was removed from the frame of Marquesas ( Coded WarningIslamorada), after he produced a devastating winning kick leaving the five furlong point in the the 10-furlong (2,000m) Sagicor Bank sponsored Jamaica St Leger at Caymanas Park yesterday. The St Leger was the final jewel in this year's Triple Crown.

Jockey Shane Ellis rode almost the same race he did in the Derby but this time there was no Drone Strike (Aaron Chatrie) to deal with and Marquesas made a mockery of the other 14 runners, winning by 18 lengths. The filly Fayrouz (Linton Steadman) was second with My Beirut (Anthony Thomas) third. The winning time was 2:10.0.

The win by Marquesas provided his trainer Michael Marlowe, the son of former jockey and trainer Valbert, with his first Classic winner since started he his career as a conditioner in May 2016.

“This is something beautiful, this is something wonderful. Just an amazing feeling right now to win my first Classic race. You know, when I go back and look at my old man, I say Trainer', this one is for you. This one is also for the racing fans in the stands because the fans have been behind me ever since I got my licence. It is a beautiful feeling and I am happy right now,” an obviously emotionally Marlowe shared.

It was the third Jamaica St Leger victory for jockey Shane Ellis, having won aboard Typewriter in 2012 and Relampago in 2014.

“It is good. It is really a good feeling whenever I win a Classic race as these victories boost your career. I just wanted to win on this horse for the trainer [Michael Marlowe] and now that I did, it is a very good feeling. Big up to the trainer and thing,” Ellis said.

As expected, the speedy 2000 Guineas winner Commander Two (Javaniel Patterson) went for the lead at the off in the native-bred three-year-old Futurity event. The bay gelding was chased around the clubhouse turn by Uncle Honey (Ruja Lahoe) and Disability Charm (Omar Walker), with Marquesasneatly held in fourth by the “Big Race Jockey”, Ellis.

The order remained the same approaching the six-furlong (1,200m) marker and then Ellis at the five, as he did in the Derby, pushed through Marquesas to take up the lead.

It was then a matter of how far the big-striding bay colt would win by. Marquesas was bred by Franz Jobson.

Reigning Horse of the Year She's A Maneaterwas also impressive on the day as the bay filly won the 19th running of the Eros Trophy by five-and-a-half lengths.

She's A Maneater won ahead of Money Magnet and Siempre Bueno in a time 1:24.3 for seven furlongs (1,400m) — at distance which the mighty Eros has the track record of 1:22.4.

Racing continues on Wednesday with the Betting Gaming and Lotteries-sponsored Emancipation Day race meet.

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