Good win for Azan's Edison
The promising claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey teamed up with 7-2 chance EDISON to win the highly competitive overnight allowance feature over 1300 metres from the fast-finishing SHINING LIGHT (9-2) at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Harvey, who is a past student of Waterford High, had the Richard Azan-trained EDISON handily placed passing the half-mile as the 54-1 outsider BLACK THORN led the 13-horse field, ahead of the chasing RED FLAG (7-1). EDISON was soon sent in chase of BLACK THORN and went by on the outside entering the straight and held on grimly by a neck to thwart a late run from SHINING LIGHT under in-form Aaron Chatrie.
Harvey, who was notching his 17th winner since graduating from the Jockeys' School last September, said EDISON had a perfect trip.
"He was well drawn on the outside of the field on a muddy track and was able to avoid traffic," said the young rider.
"When I improved into second three furlongs out, I knew he was ready to run, and in the end, held them at bay for the victory," he added. A 7-y-o bay gelding by Outrigger-Perfect Ten, EDISON is owned by Elite Bloodstock Limited and bred by Dave Girod and Laurence Heffes.
The 6-5 favourite COMMANDING CHIEF, seeking his first win since August 2014, could fare no better than fifth under leading jockey Dane Nelson, who said: "He was never that far off the pace, but took a lot of riding leaving the half-mile and really needed a longer trip and a more relaxed pace."
Trainer Anthony 'Baba' NuÒes saddled two winners on the afternoon in COME DANCE WITH ME and the lightly raced 3-y-o colt SOY EL SENOR, both obliging at 2-1.