Lady Luck smiles on Ras Emanuel
The stewards struck in yesterday's overnight allowance event over 1,500 metres at Caymanas Park, disqualifying first past the post SHINING LIGHT (2-1) and awarding first place to 9-1 chance RAS EMANUEL.
It turned out to be a keenly contested race with 6-5 favourite ANOTHER BULLET leading for most of the way before he was challenged by the Gary Griffiths owned and trained SHINING LIGHT with apprentice Hakeem Pottinger and RAS EMANUEL between horses approaching the distance.
All three were engaged in a neck-and-neck duel, leaving the furlong pole and in the heat of battle, SHINING LIGHT, on the outside, squeezed home by a head from the Peter McMaster-trained RAS EMANUEL under top-line jockey Robert Halledeen, with ANOTHER BULLET close up in third with former champion Wesley Henry aboard in a field of seven.
There was a lengthy stewards' inquiry as well as jockey's objection by Halledeen against SHINING LIGHT, resulting in the 4-y-o gelding demoted to third, behind ANOTHER BULLET.
On what turned out to be a tough day for form players, apprentice Dane Dawkins rode two winners - WAR TRAIN at 9-2 in the sixth for maiden three-year-olds and the improving American 3-y-o filly AWESOME DESTINY (9-5) for trainer Gary Subratie in the eighth race over 1,400m. Fellow apprentice Bebeto Harvey celebrated his 21st birthday by booting home 7-1 chance EL CLIENTE to a narrow victory in the fifth.