Parsard's Uppa Tune all the way
The Parsards continued their dominance of grade one trophy races at Caymanas Park yesterday, this time courtesy of an impressive post-to-post victory by 8-1 chance UPPA TUNE in the Chairman's Trophy feature over 1,500 metres.
A chance ride for champion jockey Dane Nelson replacing 'Hall of Fame' jockey Winston 'Fanna' Griffiths who was under the weather, UPPA TUNE was the least fancied of four horses saddled by trainer Harry Parsard for the race. But the American-bred six-year-old horse humbled his seven opponents, including stable-companions BOY WONDER (the 6-5 favourite), POTCHEEN (5-2) and PETE'SWILDONE (3-1), winning by six lengths in a fast 1:31.0.
He turned for home some three lengths clear of the chasing pair of BOY WONDER and ALL CORRECT (9-1) and when BOY WONDER, bidding for his seventh consecutive, gave up the chase approaching the distance, it was left to the Wayne DaCosta-trained ALL CORRECT and the late-closing PETE'SWILDONE to fight it out for second in a photo.
The Parsard-trained standard-bearers BOY WONDER with leading jockey Omar Walker and champion sprinter POTCHEEN under five-time champion Trevor Simpson both disappointed in finishing out of the frame. BOY WONDER, who recently won the Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy, was eased when having nothing more to offer in the last furlong, while POTCHEEN was run off his legs.
Parsard said he expected his four horses to run well.
"He (UPPA TUNE) is as versatile and consistent as they come, having won the Reggae Trophy over the straight course last year and another race over nine furlongs and 25 yards. This trip was ideal for him and his preparation was on cue," said Parsard whose son, Ian, trained all four horses in the first half of 2014.
The 11-race programme produced seven winning favourites, including MISS BOSS LADY at 8-5 in the Altamont V. Armond Memorial Cup over 2,000 metres with Omar Walker aboard. Walker, Nelson, Shane Ellis and the apprentice O'Brien White shared the riding honours with two winners each.