A big 'Buzz' at Caymanas Park
The fleet-footed 4-y-o colt BUZZ NIGHTMARE turned in another awesome display to win the 3-y-o and up open allowance race over the straight five course by all of 61/2 lengths at Caymanas Park yesterday, posting his second consecutive win over the distance in the past three weeks.
Installed a 3-5 favourite in a field of six, BUZZ NIGHTMARE, with Oneil Mullings riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny, showed superior speed on the outside to gallop on to the main track some two lengths clear of topweight UPPA TUNE (5-2) and the 2-1 second favourite CRUCIAL APPEAL under champion jockey Shane Ellis.
But when Mullings pushed 'BUZZ' into overdrive, leaving the quarter pole, he lengthened his strides to win impressively from CRUCIAL APPEAL, covering the distance in the smart time of 57.2 behind splits of 22.1, 44.3.
Owned by Paul Hoo and Herbie Chong (2 Penyu), BUZZ NIGHTMARE, who was ridden, by Mullings for the first time, has now won seven races from only 10 career starts and $3.1 million in stakes.
Mullings said that the bay colt by Into Mischeif out of Queen of Battle, bred by the HAM Stables Limited, is going from strength to strength and seems ready to take on the best sprinters in grade one company.
"He only had to go into the starting gate, break sharply, and I knew it would be over in this small field," said the jockey.
Paul Hoo was all smiles, but was in no mood to talk, obviously blown away by the performance.
"I think it speaks for itself and there is nothing I could add," he said.
Meanwhile, OCEAN SEEKER, running as the 7-5 second favourite, with apprentice Amoy Gray aboard, and 3-5 favourite RANI, under former champion Wesley Henry, won their respective sections of the John Clifford Wright Memorial Cup over 1,200 metres for maiden three-year-olds in convincing fashion.
On what turned out to be a good day for form players, thanks to six winning favourites, the promising apprentice Jerome Innis emerged the day's top performer with two winners. These were 3-5 favourite LEILANI, for trainer Margaret Parchment in the fourth race over 1,500 metres, and 4-5 favourite GRANDE MARQUE, for trainer Andrew McDonald in the eighth race or $180,000 claimers over 800 metres straight.