Easy for Buzz Nightmare
The fleet-footed 4-y-o colt, BUZZ NIGHTMARE, outsprinted 4-5 favourite ROYAL ASSAULT to win the annual renewal of the 3-y-o and up overnight race for the G.A. 'Sarge' Bucknor Memorial Cup over the straight five course at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Installed an 8-5 second favourite with veteran Jockey Ian Spence riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny and owners 2 Penyu, BUZZ NIGHTMARE took on ROYAL ASSAULT, under champion jockey Shane Ellis, in a speed duel coming on to the main track and quickened away in mid-track to beat ROYAL ASSAULT on the stands' side by all of five lengths in the smart time of 57.1, behind fast splits of 22.2 and 44.1 for the first half mile.
The bay colt by Into Mischief out of Queen Of Battle, who was racing for the first time in over four months, reported sharp as a razor and, according to Spence, "It was a joyride."
He was quick to add: "I asked him to dispose of Royal Assault leaving the quarter pole, and it was only a matter of how far", said Spence, who was partnering BUZZ NIGHTMARE to victory for the third time.
There was a lengthy stewards' inquiry, which resulted in the third and fourth horses, LADY SHANKARI (11-1) and SILVER CLOUD (14-1) both being disqualified for causing interference to RUM PUNCH in the early stages.
Trainer Peter McMaster, jockey Robert Halledeen and the apprentice Bebeto Harvey shared the honours with two winners each.
McMaster posted 3-5 favourite CHOO CHOO BLUE (Halledeen up) to a fast-time runaway win in the opening round five race and also his three-year-old debutante, PRINCESS EMANUELLE, in the nightpan.