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The thrill of watching the mare
Sacred Trust win the Bernard
Cup, outrunning favourite
Thisoneisforron and Secret Amer-
ican on the 53rd anniversary of this
country s Independence, was
something to savour.
The skill of trainer Jose William-
Samaroo was seen as he had the
Zanim Meah-John owned seven-
year-old Sacred Trust, which was
rather disappointing earlier in the
season, trained to the minute.
The result was that she was in
front with 600 metres to race and
duly landed the $120,000 first prize
cheque. That performance was
matched only by the impressive vic-
tory of the Jamaican Horse Of The
Year 2014, Princess Popstar, which
won impressively for the first time
this season. Princess Popstar won
the 2014 edition of the Massy Oaks
Stakes before being beaten in the
Trinidad Derby by Momentum.
In what was considered "Divas
Day," the cumulative competition in
the other races on the ten-event
programme, sponsored by Massy
proved to be highly successful.
Sacred Trust stunned the 6,000
plus fans and turfites when he
topped the five other challengers to
win the 63rd running of the pres-
tigious event by 1 3/4 lengths from
the odds on favourite Thisoneisfor-
ron with the well backed Secret
American in third spot. The day
certainly lived up to expectations
with Nobel Abrego and Cloud Nine
winning the co-feature Monergram
Young Kerron Khelawan celebrat-
ed his first victory in the event and
that of the trainer. It was the first
victory in this event for owner
Meah-John. On Monday, Samaroo,
who could not hide his delight,
described Sacred Trust as "a very
"She is a diva. She was well ridden
by Khelawan and ran away from
them inside the final 200 metres.
What makes this victory great was
the fact that she has rebounded form
two tough performances and there
were cries for her to be sent to stud.
We had the faith in her and she jus-
tified our faith," said Samaroo.
Khelawan, the winning rider, was
thankful to Samaroo for giving the
opportunity to ride the mare.
"My instructions from the trainer
was to settle her behind the pace
for the first half of the event before
going on. When I asked her to quick-
en up in the final 400 metres she
just bolted clear. She is a good horse."
In the co-feature Moneygram
Gleneagle Stakes, the Douglas Ben-
nett -trained Cloud Nine easily won
the 1,800 metres. The filly won easier
than the 1/2 length margin suggests
and looks a worthy challenger for
Star Sapphire tried to make all
the running but Abrego had the
answer in Cloud Nine from a long
way-out. Punters and turfites are
eagerly awaiting the clash of the
giants on Republic Day (September
24).Prayven Badrie gave the "Massy
Day at the Races" an officious start,
when the aptly named Bergeron Boy
gave owner Mr Pius and trainer
Shaffique Khan, the first drink on
the day. Always Ready scored an
upset victory for trainer Harold
Chadee in the second. Jovika
Boodramsing landed a touch in the
next before the Anthony Nunes
trained Soca Rhapsody cruised away
from a Missile to win the fifth.
The powerful Chadee and Wilmer
Galviz combination were next seen
in the winner s enclosure with Way
To Go which landed her hat trick.
Cloud Nine then took control of
the fillies features before Galviz land-
ed his second with Swept Away for
owner Russell Ramsammy and
trainer Glenn Mendez.
Sacred Trust gave a seal of
approval to Massy s excellence, when
outrunning her rivals in the feature
before Boodramsingh put his name
on the scoresheet for the second
time when he landed US Marshal
winner of the finale for trainer Har-
Thrills on the track over, the
Massy All Stars played on, adding
to the festive atmosphere and ser-
enading the thousands who came
with their picnic baskets, reviving
memories of the Christmas meeting
at the Queen s Park Savannah in
Arima Race Club (ARC) president
Linford Carrabon described it as a
"superb" day of racing. That, togeth-
er with the fact that a sum of
$350,000 was wagered in the Dulal
-Whiteway Independence Cup,
served as a major injection to the
local racing industry.
He thanked all and sundry for the
support and was indeed happy with
the $1.9 million wagered on the day.
Fans are already singing praises to
David O Brien and their company
for what was, undoubtedly, one of
the best organised racing days for
Dane Nelson will ply his trade at
Northlands Park next year, after
landing a contract at the western
The 31-year-old, who is cur-
rently part of the colony at Assini-
boia Downs, says the move rep-
resents a chance for him to further
his career and he intends to make
the most of it.
"I came abroad to explore my
talent...I came abroad to make a
name for myself," Nelson told the
"I have been in and out at
Assiniboia Downs to ride at North-
lands so it wasn t a surprise to me
when I was offered a contract. The
contract is for next year but I am
finishing my current contract there
before coming home."
Nelson has been a contender at
Assiniboia this season and lies fifth
in the standings on 42 wins. Fellow
Jamaican Chavion Chow leads the
standings with 57 wins, with
defending champion Chris Hus-
bands of Barbados seven back in
Guyana s Rohan Singh also has
50 wins but lies third in the stand-
Nelson said he was eyeing the
title at Assiniboia at one point but
appearances at other tracks hurt
"I was thinking about winning
the championship at Assiniboia
Downs as at one point I was the
joint leader, but my aim was to
explore my talent and any oppor-
tunity I got to ride at different
tracks I would take," he explained.
"So far I have received three
offers and one is for a track in
Texas, but I am looking at the best
one which will benefit me more."
Nelson said the experience in
Canada had been invaluable.
"I have improved a lot. I have
become a better rider," he noted.
"The racetrack at Assiniboia
Downs is a small one so your tim-
ing has to be perfect, and to ride
among so many different jockeys
from all around the world, you
learn new things, but overall I
believe that I am a better rider
Improved Nelson set to shift
attention to Northlands next season
Wonder Laish and Duretto could
not be separated by the judge at the
end of a thrilling finish to the Apple-
tiser Handicap at Ascot, yesterday.
In the £100,000 highlight on the
card at the Berkshire track, it appeared
as if Polarisation - winner of the Mel-
rose - and the lightly-raced Wonder
Laish would have the race to them-
selves as they battled it out from the
However, no sooner had Wonder
Laish got the best of that protracted
duel under Fergal Lynch, David
Probert produced Duretto with a late
challenge towards the middle of the
That combination took a definite
lead 50 yards out but Wonder Laish
fought back gamely to share the spoils
at the winning post.
William Haggas does not think soft
ground will bother Wonder Laish (4/1
and said: "He should have a good
autumn ahead of him and I think he
likes some cut.
"Fergal said he was just a bit fresh
early, and that he got a bit tired at
the end, but he fought back well."
Meanwhile, Andrew Balding is tar-
geting a race at Newmarket with
Duretto and said: "There s a valuable
three-year-old handicap in October
and that is his goal."
The race was a profitable one for
followers of Ben Linfoot s Value Bet
advice, with Duretto having been
advised on Friday evening at 12/1 as
one of four 1pt selections on the day.
Majestic Moon proved the gamest
of winners when making most and
then rallying when headed to out-
point Suzi s Connoisseur in the Fly
London Southend Airport Handi-
cap, a triumph that earned the 12/1
scorer a tilt at the Ayr Gold Cup.
Soon in front under Michael Mur-
phy, Majestic Moon was overhauled
by the runner-up but fought back
as he edged left to regain command
and score by half a length. The
favourite Mr Win finished a further
length and a quarter back.
A stewards inquiry was called but
the placings remained unaltered.
For trainer John Gallagher this was
an important success. He admitted:
"Without over emphasising the
point, while not unexpected, that
Culturati proved the market right
when holding off the sustained chal-
lenge of Atlantic Sun in the McGee
Group EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes
The 6-5 favourite, owned by
Godolphin, looked set to score com-
fortably when arriving to lead while
still on the bridle a furlong and a half
But Adam Kirby had to get serious
with the Dubawi colt in the final 150
yards in order to finally put the race
to bed, holding on by a short head.
Charlie Appleby indicated he would
not rule out bringing the winner back
to six furlongs.
Appleby revealed plans for next
week s Doncaster fixture, with Emo-
tionless more likely to head to the
Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes than
the Champagne Stakes; Safety Check
bound for the seven-furlong Park
Stakes, and Mistrusting a probable
for the Sceptre Stakes.
Dawn Of Hope served up such a
convincing victory for Roger Varian
and Jim Crowley in the Lavazza Maid-
en Fillies Stakes that connections
may be tempted by a big step up in
class for her next outing.
The daughter of Mastercraftsman
powered two and a quarter lengths
clear of Alyssa once Crowley gave her
the office, although she could be
named the winner a long way out.
Knife Edge created a favourable
impression when getting the better
of Paris Protocol in the McGee Group
EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes.
Taking on several foes with the
advantage of previous racecourse
experience, the son of Zoffany pre-
vailed by three-quarters of a length
under Marc Monaghan.
Monaghan donned the silks of
Susan Magnier, who owns the Marco
Botti-trained 11/1 winner in partner-
ship with Michael Tabor and Derrick
One of the best finishes of the day
happened at the end of the Bibendum
Wine Ltd handicap in which four
horses were level 150 yards out.
In the end Richard Fahey s Right
Touch (10/1) gained the upper hand
under Jamie Osborne to beat Charles
Molson, Mukhmal and Squats.
Crowley, successful on Dawn Of
Hope earlier on the card, completed
a double when Light And Shade
swooped to conquer in the Ritz Club
Massy Day a
Dead heat in Ascot feature
Wonder Laish, left, and Duretto could not be separated.
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