Apprentices on hat-trick spree at Caymanas
Apprentice riders Bebeto Harvey and Jerome Innis shared the honours at Caymanas Park yesterday, both riding triples on the 10-race programme.
Harvey, who recently celebrated his 21st birthday, opened his account aboard 4-5 favourite GOLD SCREW In the first race over 1200 metres, followed up with 2-1 favourite BURNING MEDIC in the sixth and closed with another 2-1 favourite, SPEEDY PROCESS, in the closing $180,000 claiming race over 1400 metres to register his third triple since he started riding 11 months ago.
Innis, who is popularly called 'Cran Water', won the third race aboard 6-1 chance RICHIE'S PIC, followed up in division one of the Clifford Grey Memorial Cup over 1300 metres aboard 9-1 outsider FORMAL JUSTICE - one of two winners for trainer Michael McIntosh on the card - and was awarded division two of the Clifford Grey Memorial aboard the 22-1 outsider, COLEEN, for trainer Wayne Parchment, following the disqualification of first past the post VALLEY OF THE CATS (9-2).
As a result of this windfall, Harvey pushed his season's tally to 28, moving from seventh to fifth in the 2016 jockeys' standings and is now one ahead of top apprentice, Linton Steadman, who was winless on the afternoon.
Harvey, who is apprenticed to trainer Richard Azan aid he was pleased with his progress this season and attributed it to hard work and application.
"I've been putting in the work to keep fit and control my weight in recent months and I'm seeing the benefits. This is my third triple and now riding in peak form, I am hoping to have more days like this in my bid for the apprentice title," he added.
On a day when two winners (ZackontheattacK, Valley Of The Cats) were disqualified by the stewards for causing interference in the closing stages of their respective races, the Patrick Fong-trained 3-y-o filly, PINELOPE (6-5), with apprentice Dane Dawkins aboard, romped the one mile restricted stakes in the smart time of 1:38.2, leaving in her wake the even money favourite, AWESOME DESTINY, in fourth.