Raging Prospect rebounds with decisive win
The Fitzroy Glispie-trained RAGING PROSPECT came through in mid-stretch to win the three-year-old and up overnight allowance race over a mile at Caymanas Park yesterday, staving off 4-5 favourite MILITARY MOVE under 'Hall of Fame' jockey Winston Griffiths by a length.
Highly fancied at 3-1 with champion apprentice O'Brien White aboard, RAGING PROSPECT was never far off the pace in fifth passing the half mile as the 46-1 outsider LOCKED AND LOADED led at a fast clip in the backstretch, ahead of WESTERN ROSE and MILITARY MOVE.
RAGING PROSPECT moved into contention on the inside as they swung into the straight, and gained the ascendancy leaving the furlong pole to win in the fairly good time of 1:39.1.
MILITARY MOVE stayed on strongly for second, while the 2014 derby and St Leger winner, RELAMPAGO, highly fancied at 2-1 for this his first race in six months, closed late for third, three lengths away. DEO VOLENTE and UNBREAKABLE were declared late non-starters at the gate, reducing the field to eight.
seventh career win
A six-year-old chestnut gelding by He'stherealthing out of Raging Fury, RAGING PROSPECT is co-owned by Glipsie and Hayden Thomas and bred by Orange Valley Estates. This was his seventh career win from 38 starts, but his first since January 1, 2014.
Earlier in the afternoon, the American-bred eight-year-old horse, SIR VON, won the opening $250,000-$210,000 claiming race for the Clifford Stewart Memorial Cup over 12000 metres as the even money favourite.
Trained by Patrick 'Mice' Taylor for owner Von White, SIR VON (Richard Mairs up) went by long-time leader ETERNAL JOY (3-2) in mid-stretch to beat her by 1-1/2 lengths with 2-1 chance WILIE GOLDSMITH third in a field of nine
Four kilo-claiming apprentice Zac Meikle finally notched his first win since he started riding in 2012, this aboard 7-2 chance LITTLE TUFF MAN for trainer Donovan Plummer in the fourth race over 1200 metres for maiden four-year-olds and up.
The 24-year-old Meikle, thanks to the efforts his new agent, Anthony 'Gizzy' Campbell, had been knocking at the door in recent weeks, pushed out LITTLE TUFF MAN to win by a head in a driving finish from 2-1 favourite GOOD LIFE with four-time champion Omar Walker aboard.
Meikle, significantly, was the last of the 19 apprentices who graduated from the Jockeys' School in August, 2012, to ride a winner.