All Correct and Puddy Pooh share Ash Wednesday glory
ALL CORRECT and PUDDY POOH shared the spotlight at Caymanas Park on yesterday's holiday programme at Caymanas Park.
The unbeaten PUDDY POOH captured the Hot Line Stakes over 1200 metres for native-bred maiden three-year-old fillies in decisive fashion, while ALL CORRECT, from the stables of champion trainer, Wayne DaCosta, came though from the home turn to win the thrre-year-old and up overnight allowance race for the Ash Wednesday trophy by 31/4 lengths from 3-2 favourite TRADITIONAL PRINCE in a maximum field of 16.
Offering odds of 2-1, ALL CORRECT was ridden by Shane Ellis in the red silks of owners the Velvet Glove.
More attention was focused on the Hot Line Stakes, as this was the second race for the classic bound fillies in the upcoming 1000 Guineas in April following the Eight Thirty Sprint over the straight on January 17.
PUDDY POOH, who made a winning debut over 1100m as a two-year-old last December, was trained to the minute, and with Lasix administered, the Richard Azan-trained filly provided former champion jockey Omar Walker with his second win aboard her.
Well away from the outside post position in a nine-strong field, PUDDY POOH, running as the 6-5 second favourite, disputed the lead with 4-5 favourite WAHEED NAJMAH coming from the number one post position until going through approaching the quarter pole.
After turning for home two lengths, the bay filly by Adore The Gold out of the Law of the Sea mare Shahar, kept on strongly to win by 21/4 lengths from WAHEED NAJMAH, who in turn finished 51/2 clear of her lesser fancied stable-companion DREAMSCOMETRUE (9-2), under champion jockey Dane Nelson.
Walker and Azan teamed up for a second winner on the card with 3-5 favourite MAN IN BLUE in the opening race over 1300m for maiden three-year-olds. Walker had to work overtime to catch and beat the highly-fancied first-time runner and long-time leader ROAD WI SEH (3-2, Ellis up), who was collared in the last stride, losing by a nose.
With leading jockey Robert Halledeen failing to ride a winner following Saturday's three-timer, Walker pushed his season's tally to 11, one adrift of Halledeen. Ellis also rode two winners in ALL CORRECT, and 4-5 favourite HERECOMESTHEBREEZE, one of four winning favourites on the afternoon.
The day's big upset came in the fifth race where the 66-1 outsider WILD NATIVE (Ruja Lahoe up), the least fancied in a field of nine, won by 6 3/4 lengths over the straight, but can thank her lucky stars.
She was left in the lead when 3-1 chance TEISHA'S DREAM bolted to the stands' side when comfortably in front in the last 50 metres, decking her rider Paul 'Country' Francis, who sustained minor injury and did not ride for the remainder of the day.