-Wills named champion jockey
Liquid Lion ridden by eventual champion jockey Mark Wills led from start to finish taking the feature H & Lower Class in the Georgetown Turf Club (GTC) Race Meet which was held yesterday, at the Mocha Arcadia facility, East Bank Demerara.
The race, which was reduced to four horses for a top prize of $150,000, saw Liquid Lion quickly taking up the running on the rails as they passed the Grand Stand with Wills moving the horse nicely along ahead of Red Jet, who was tucked in behid.
As they took the first turn Liquid Lion was asked to produce more with Red Jet right in contention and the two hit the back straights neck and neck, but Liquid Lion clearly looked the stronger of the two and as they hit the homestretch jockey Wills asked for more and he responded with a quick turn of speed to increase his lead and romped home by five lengths for an impressive victory.
Red Jet, who had registered a win earlier in the day in the K & Lower event over five furlongs, held on for second to crown a solid day after returning from a lengthy lay-off.
In the day’s opener before a large crowd, Something Special produced a performance of name and nature with a comfortable win by about four lengths for Unclassified horses over five furlongs.
Red Jet then carted off the K & Lower race from Quincy and Red Region in that order, while in the Cart Horse race that folowed, Showtime came home ahead of Lil Kevin and Strike a Lightning.
In the L & Lower Class, also over five furlongs Red Region proved too good for the field, coming home ahead of Blue Lightning, while Quincy and Confusion were declared joint third after the stewards decided it was a deadheat.
In the two years old for maidens, the impressive Dirty Man scorched the field to win by eight lenths ahead of Go Happily.
Speaking after the day’s races, Promoter Michael Sims described the event as a huge success and pointed to the upcoming Independence Meet where he is hoping to attract even more entries.
He thanked all the sponsors that came on board including Ansa McAl McAl under its Stag and Carib Beers, Delmur Shipping, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, Trophy Stall, Nand Persaud & Company, Kris Jagdeo Construction, Attorney-at-Law Poonai, Mohamed Salim Khan, Denis De Roop, Simply Royal Racing Stables, Justice Cecil Kennard among others.
Special mention was also made to the turfites, owners and most of all the fans from the community of Mocha Arcadia who came out in large support of the Meet.
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