Another impresive run by Boy Wonder
The ultra-talented 4-y-o colt BOY WONDER continued on his winning ways at Caymanas Park yesterday, making virtually all in the grade-one feature for the Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres, in decisive fashion.
Installed a 1-5 favourite with four-time champion jockey Omar Walker riding for trainer Harry Parsard, BOY WONDER turned for home with CRUCIAL APPEAL in hot pursuit on the outside, but when that one swerved sharply to the inside, approaching the distance, it was left to his
late-running stable-companion POTCHEEN (7-2) to carry the fight. But BOY WONDER was not to be denied, holding on well by 11/2 lengths from POTCHEEN in the fairly good time of 1:18.2 (22.3, 45.3).
This was, in fact, BOY WONDER's sixth consecutive win but his first in the top class. The chestnut colt by champion sire Traditional out of Jamaican Dream has now won eight races from nine career starts, in the process leading a sweep of the first three places for the Parsard stable, which saw the reigning champion sprinter POTCHEEN placing second and UPPA TUNE (7-1) third in a field of seven.
While anticipating the victory, Parsard had one concern: "He failed to change his legs in mid-stretch yet again, and we have to work on that aspect of his running," added Parsard.
On a fabulous day for form players, BOY WONDER was one of nine favourites to score on the 10-race programme. As a result, the $15 million Pick-9, which eluded punters for eight previous racedays, was caught by hundreds, each receiving just over $12,000.
A most noteworthy performance on the card came via the
3-y-o debutant BUZZ NIGHTMARE in the first race over 1100 metres. Ridden by Ian Spence for 14-time champion Philip Feanny and co-owners Paul Hoo and Herbie Chong, the Into Mischief - Queen Of Battle colt, who came here in utero, made all to win by 14 lengths in the smart time of 1:05.3. According to Hoo, his major objective is the 2000 Guineas on April 6 (Easter Monday).