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Crucial Appeal wins in fast time

Published:Sunday | September 28, 2014 | 9:00 AM
COLD GROUND (Shamaree Muir) scoring a 12-1 upset win in the seventh race at Caymanas Park yesterday. The six-year-old gelding is owned by Raphael Gordon and trained by Ryan Darby. -Gladstone Taylor/Photographer

Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer

The progressive four-year-old gelding CRUCIAL APPEAL duly obliged as the 4-5 favourite in yesterday's overnight allowance feature over the straight-five course at Caymanas Park, clocking a fast 57.0 seconds in the process.

Ridden by top apprentice O'Brien White for owner Howard Hamilton and in-form trainer Patrick 'Wacky' Lynch, CRUCIAL APPEAL disputed the lead with the speedy outsider WINCHESTER (26-1) coming on to the main track before coming away to win from old rival NEW KINGSTON (3-1).

This was CRUCIAL APPEAL's third win from eight starts this season, but he had actually passed the post first on four occasions. He won the Master Blaster Trophy over the straight with Dick Cardenas aboard on July 19, but following a successful appeal by the connections of EL CLIENTE to the Jamaica Racing Commission against the decision of the raceday stewards to disqualify him from second, CRUCIAL APPEAL was disqualified weeks later and the Gordon Lewis-trained EL CLIENTE reinstated to first.

White, who is third in the jockeys' standings with 37 wins behind Cardenas (78 wins) and Dane Nelson (76), completed a double on the card aboard 8-5 chance LOCKED AND LOADED in the ninth race over 1400 metres for non-winners of two three-year-olds.

KEPT ON STRONGLY

The chestnut colt from the stables of Anthony Nunes made all and although chased relentlessly into the straight by 4-5 favourite ALSO CORRECT with Cardenas up, kept on strongly to beat her by three lengths.

There was a major upset in the second race over 1700 metres for maiden three-year-olds, this by the lightly raced colt HOLIDAY WEEKEND at 99-1 from the Johnny Wilmot stables.

A chance ride for the claiming apprentice Orayne Sewell, HOLIDAY WEEKEND chased PRINZ BUSTA (11-1) from early before going through at the half mile to win by 7-1/2 lengths from 5-2 chance SHELLIAN GREY.