Jun 12, 2012 Sports
– Picket Pocket top Horse, Wicked Intention also outstanding
Face the Fire, a four year old animal out of Trinidad of the Fazal Yunas stable at Alness Corentyne and ridden by champion jockey Ajai Sansarran, created yet another upset in the horseracing circle when it burned its opponent to take the feature event when the Kennard Memorial Turf Club held their annual Post Independence One day horserace meet
last Sunday at the club’s entity.
The nine animals were off to an even break when they were sent on their way in the feature D class 7 Furlongs event. As the race progressed into the backstretch the animals were having a ding dong battle. None backed off. As they hit the far turn Face the Fire was starting to make its move. The animal which is trained by veteran Horse owner and trainer Ivan Dipnarine, with only one previous win in a main event, began to pick up speed.
However into the homestretch it was still an open race as the other animals also started to give it their all. Face the Fire classified G3, the lowest classification of all the animals in the race and carrying a weight of 106 pounds, was picking its stride with absolute comfort. By then into a full gallop and with Jockey Ajai giving it full reign it started to burnt up the track in a blazing finish to win comfortable and take the top purse of $500,000 and the Romey Ramnarine trophy.
Ferry landing of the Shariff racing stable landed second ahead of Royal Champion and Marathon man.
The G class 7Furlongs El Dorado Stakes saw another upset with the newly imported Sleep in the Town of the S. Persaud Stable and trained by Grey with Kevin Paul on the perch, winning a close race from Face the Fire, Miss Regina and Weekend Surprise. The win was worth $250,000 and the El Dorado trophy.
The Jamaican Jockey Andron Findley rode Come Dance with me of the Ashrafalli stable to victory in the three Year old event for animals bred and born in Guyana and the West Indies. The 7Furlongs event with a winning purse of $250,000 was another competitive race with the animal winning from Happy Choice and Gypsy Rose.
Wicked Intention with Winston Apadhu on its back showed its intentions early as it raced to victory in the H class 6Furlongs event. Running out of the R. Persaud stable the animal trained by L. Cort was hardly challenged as it romped to an easy win and cart off the $200,000 and trophy at stake. Funny Side, Third World and Quincy were the others that placed.
Extra Heat of the Devanand stable with jockey Richmond in charge was too hot to handle as it blazed to victory in the I2 and lower 6 Furlongs race. The animal won the $180,000 top purse and trophy from Princess Renuka, Modern Cowboy and Speed Vision.
Pick Pocket of the Samaroo stable of No 7 East Coast Berbice and only in its third race, picked its way to championship honours, scoring two convincing victories. Ridden by Champion Jockey Ajai the animal started the day in good order with a win in the day’s first event for the L and lower animals with a first prize of $100,000 on offer from Wonder Flower, Care Taker and Windy Killer. It then returned to take the K &L event from It’s My Time, Lucky Gamble and Sporting
Time worth $120,000.
Pick Pocket was the champion Horse with the Samaroo stable the champion stable. Jockey Ajai Sansarran, a 15 year old secondary school lad, took away the champion jockey award, while veteran trainer R. Matadial “Shine” was the top trainer.
The days even was incident free with Police Sergeant, Maxi Beaton and his charges being congratulated by the organizers for a job well done in maintaining order at the venue. (Samuel Whyte)
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