Triple for Dane Nelson
Former champion jockey Dane Nelson, who recently returned from a successful riding stint in Canada, highlighted yesterday's annual Jamaica Racehorse Trainers' Association raceday at Caymanas Park with three winners.
His winners were the front-running 6-5 favourite RUNJOHNNY RUN in the fourth race over the straight, this completing a double for trainer Errol Waugh, 4-5 favourite PLATINUM RECORD, who romped the ninth race over 1400 metres for maiden three-year-olds, and LUCKY NINE (made most) at 2-1 for trainer Gary Griffiths in the closing race over 1200 metres for the Trainers' Association Trophy.
Nelson's triple comes on the back of a double at the Diamond Mile meet on December 10 when resuming his local campaign following an eight-month stint in Canada.
LUCKY NINE UNLUCKY
LUCKY NINE, unlucky in the fourth race on the previous Saturday, which saw the stewards disqualifying the first three past the post for causing interference to him, rebounded to win by 21/4 lengths from the 99-1 outsider MAJOR FORCE, with female jockey Andree Powell aboard. Highly-fancied MISS MYRTLE bolted prior to the start and was declared a late non-starter. The 3-2 favourite, PROUD PRESIDENT, ran below par to finish out of the frame.
Meanwhile, highly fancied MONEY MAGNET, ridden by title-chasing apprentice Bebeto Harvey for trainer Richard Azan, won the opening Dye Job Sprint two-year-old race, while even money favourite WILL IN CHARGE captured the Seymour 'Foggy' Mullings O.J. Memorial Cup ahead of 2-1 second favourite BIRD CATCHER.
Patrick Lynch, one of seven trainers honoured by the JRTA on the afternoon, saddled two winners, including the first two home (PLATINUM RECORD, KAMALI STAR) in the ninth race run in his honour. And young Harvey (60 wins) rode two winners to give himself an outside chance of catching long-time leader Omar Walker (67 wins) in the jockeys' championship with four racedays remaining in 2016.