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In a show of his championship sprinting pedigree, the Philip Feanny-trained Campesino outclassed rivals to win the St Catherine Cup feature in fine style at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Sent off at a 2-5 favourite in the small, but fairly competitive field of six runners,Campesino effortlessly swept past rivals at the top of the straight to win going away by six comfortable lengths in decent time of 1:05.0 minutes for the 1,100-metre event.
Stable companion Bubbling Kitten came on strong in deep stretch for second place ahead of Blue Dixie in third place.
Jockey Robert Halledeen, who was winning for the second time aboard Campesino, said that he was a mere pilot atop the seven-year-old bay gelding.
“From the gates opened we were a winner. We sat very easy in third position and when I asked him to run just turning for home, Campesino responded well and powered past rivals to win going away,” Halledeen told the Jamaica Observer.
Campesino, under a tight hold from Halledeen, watched closely from third position as Polly B (Dane Nelson) and Sir Budget, under Orlando Foster, dictated the early fractions approaching the half-mile.
Entering the lane and going three wide of rivals, Halledeen asked his mount to go, and the offspring of Compadre-Yaella responded with aplomb from the urging and powered home for an emphatic victory.
Earlier on the nine-race programme, Andree Powell, one of three female apprentice riders, lifted the excitement at the ‘Park’ when she rode a brilliant double.
Powell was successful aboard Glyder for owner/trainer Gordon Lewis in the second race over 1,000 metres straight and Classy Aviator in the fourth race for trainer Gary Subratie over 1,200 metres.
“It was a very nice feeling to ride two winners on a day. I am very happy and I will continue to work hard as I want to ride more winners,” Powell said.
Also riding two winners was Shamaree Muir. He won aboard Light Brigade and Colors Of War.
Racing continues next Saturday with the running of James B Dawes Memorial Cup.
Source: Jamaica Observer
— Ruddy Allen & Alicia Barrett