Sir Budget in fine style
SIR BUDGET, owned, trained and bred by Michael Beecham, romped the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance race over the straight at Caymanas Park yesterday, winning by three lengths at odds of 7-1.
Ridden by Orlando Foster in a field of 11, SIR BUDGET raced close up as the 1-2 favourite
TALENTED TONY K, DREAMLINER (5-2), and GARY GLITTER (7-2) disputed the lead, coming on to the main track.
The leaders came under pressure from SIR BUDGET, leaving the furlong pole as the consistent four-year-old colt lengthened his strides to beat GARY GLITTER and the 99-1 outsider, WELL BLESSED, convincingly in a time of 59:0
This was SIR BUDGET's third win from 15 starts this season, but Beecham said that this one came as no surprise.
"He ran well for a long way to be second a furlong out in the race won by Penelope, weakening in the closing stages to finish a fair sixth.
"That race, however, was over seven furlongs and, reverting to the straight course, a distance to which he is better suited, he delivered big time," said the 62-year-old Wolmerian who grew up in Trench Town.
Meanwhile, the Ryan Darby-trained BLUE PEPSI LINKS (2-1) won the day's supporting feature for the Joseph Armond Memorial Cup over 1820 metres, this by four lengths from BOUNCE.
Held off the early pace by title-chasing apprentice Bebeto Harvey as PIANO MAN and highly-fancied BIG BLACK NATION alternated in the lead, the 3-y-o son of Blue Pepsi Lodge was produced three wide entering the straight and soon came away for an emphatic victory.
Harvey, meanwhile, gave himself an outside chance of catching the leader, Omar Walker (failed to ride a winner), in the race for the jockeys' championship, moving six adrift of the four-time champion with three racedays remaining in 2016. Walker has so far ridden 67 winners, Harvey 61.
The nine-race programme produced a stunning upset in the closing race over 1300 metres, victory going to the free-running 40-1 outsider, NAFEESA, with Oneil Mullings riding for owner-trainer Cleveland Mitchell.