Typewriter scripts sensational win in Post to Post Superstakes
Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
TYPWRITER, highly fancied at odds of 2-1, with big-race jockey Shane Ellis aboard, turned the 36th running of the Post to Post Superstakes into a procession at Caymanas Park yesterday, winning the prestigious mile-and-quarter race for the second consecutive year.
Unlike last year when he won by 11/2 lengths from the 2013 derby winner, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, the Spencer Chung-trained five-year-old gelding by Western Classic out of Docs' Paladin, owned by Robert and Val Chung and bred by HAM Stables Limited, won by the resounding margin of 91/2 lengths from the front running UNCLE TAF (35-1), ridden by Ameth Robles for trainer Solomon Sharpe, who held off the 2-1 second favourite, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, by three-quarter lengths for second.
PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, ridden by Shamaree Muir, marked yet another failed attempt by 13-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta to win the only big race that has eluded him in a long and distinguished training career - the Superstakes.
Big disappointment was the performance of the howling 3-5 favourite, COMMANDING CHIEF, with champion jockey Dane Nelson aboard. The six-year-old gelding from the stables of Everal Francis surprisingly failed to go the early pace in the11-horse field, and his fate was obvious when outpaced leaving the half-mile, eventually plodding home in 10th spot.
Never far off the pace as the 2013 Governor's Cup winner, UNCLE TAF, and the 99-1 outsider, AMICABLE, jostled for the lead ahead of the lone three-year-old FRANFIELD (18-1) at the halfway stage, TYPEWRITER started his winning run from the half-mile.
He swept past UNCLE TAF 600 metres out, and after turning for home a clear leader, it was simply a matter of how far.
Having won the race for the second consecutive year, Ellis was over the moon.
"Typewriter worked well in a seven-furlong gallop the other morning, and despite losing to Commanding Chief in three races earlier this season, I knew that he was back to his best for this race," said the second-generation jockey, son of former champion Winston 'Nero' Ellis.
"This is a big-occasion horse ... Derby, St Leger, Superstakes, he has won it all, and I was 200 percent confident of victory," added Ellis.
Earlier this season, Ellis won the Derby and St Leger aboard RELAMPAGO and Governor's Cup (Lotto Classic) with TALENTED TONY K.
Meanwhile, Nelson, out of luck with COMMANDING CHIEF, rode three winners on the 11-race programme to point ahead of arch-rival Dick Cardenas (90-89), who rode one winner on the card.
Also riding three winners was former champion Omar Walker, all for trainer Robert Pearson. Among them were 8-5 favourite PETE'SWILDONE, in the Cay-manas Track Limited Invitational Mile, and 8-5 chance POTCHEEN, who finished like a runaway train to win the Tutti Frutti Caribbean Sprint Championship in a blanket finish.
The TOBA Yearling Sale takes place in the official car park at Caymanas Park this morning, beginning at 9:00.