Phineas scores 12-1 upset
Running on strongly on the inside from just off the early pace, PHINEAS scored a 12-1 upset in yesterday's open allowance race over 1400 metres at Caymanas Park.
A chance ride for jockey Aaron Chatrie, replacing Jevanne Erwin, PHINEAS won by 13/4 lengths from long-time leader CAMPESINO (9-5) with Hall of Fame jockey Winston Griffiths to record his second upset victory in recent months. The six-year-old gelding from the stables of Andrew McDonald had previously won an overnight allowance sprint on April 6 at identical odds of 12-1.
Well away from the number five post position, PHINEAS was taken of the early pace to settle in fourth as the Philip Feanny-trained CAMPESINO led narrowly from the howling 1-2 favourite COMMANDING CHIEF with apprentice Romario Saunders aboard, followed by EDISON at 28-1
CAMPESINO held COMMANDING CHIEF at bay on the inside to turn for home two lengths clear, but by then, PHINEAS was beginning to find his best strides along the rails and stormed through midway the last furlong for a decisive win. DEO VOLENTE was declared a late non-starter, reducing the field to six.
A six-year-old gelding by Distorted out of Winning Spirit, PHINEAS has now won eight races from 33 starts and $3.5 in stakes. He is owned by Nical and is bred by Dr Paul Wright.
Meanwhile, the Spencer Chung-trained JODY'S LODGE, with Shamaree Muir aboard, ran on strongly in the closing stages to win the inaugural running of the John Clifton Wright Memorial Cup over 1200 metres for maiden three-year-old fillies.
Never far off the pace as her heavily backed stable-companion RAISING THE BAR (3-5 fav) enjoyed a clear lead into the straight on this her debut, JODY'S LODGE proved too strong for her 15 opponents in the closing stages, winning ahead of the late-closing DAYTON AFFAIR (35-1) and BIMINI (6-1) with RAISING THE BAR fading rapidly into fourth place.
Apprentice Kuri Powell (Runjohnny Run, Alexander) and trainer Ryan Darby (Alexander, Burning Medic) shared the honours with two winners each on the 10-race programme.