Female rider notches double at Caymanas Park
Mellisa Ward, who on November 28 became the first of the three female apprentices to ride a winner, FIFTYONESTORM, enjoyed her best day in the saddle at Caymanas Park yesterday, notching the first double of her short career.
The 21-year-old Camperdown High graduate looked improved in booting hot 4-5 favourite CLASSIK MAKIT in the third race and 2-1 favourite POWEROFTHECAT in the seventh, just lasting home by a head from the fast-finishing TIMEFORACAT, with fellow apprentice Linton Steadman aboard.
She just missed a triple when 3-1 chance CHANGE HIM NAME was beaten in a photo finish by INFANTRY OFFICER under Aaron Chatrie in the first race, but she could be deemed unlucky, having lost her whip when challenging on the rails midway the last furlong.
Ward, who has now won four races, said: "I am happy with my progress, but I still have a lot to learn, and I'm taking it one day at a time."
Fellow apprentice Dane Dawkins rode three winners at the back-to-back Saturday-Sunday meets, including 22-1 outsider LITTLEMISSEMMY (made all) for trainer Anthony Nunes and owner-breeder Karl Samuda in the Jamaica Racehorse Trainers' Association Trophy race over 1200m on Saturday. Nunes, who was away in Trinidad, won three races on the card.