'Gary Glitter a gold mine for us'
Following his fast-time runaway win over 1200 metres in open allowance company at Caymanas Park on Wednesday, GARY GLITTER has improved to such an extent that the sky's the limit as far as his connections are concerned.
The four-year-old is trained by Dalton Sirjue for owner-breeder Gordon Lewis, both of whom believe they have a potential sprint champion on their hands.
"He's unbeaten in two races this season, and prior to that, on Boxing Day, lost out in a needle finish to CHOO CHOO BLUE over six furlongs," said Sirjue, the elder brother of 1980s jockey Ian Sirjue.
"This was his sixth win from 20 career starts, and he is proving to be a gold mine for us. His next objective is the valuable King's Plate over seven furlongs towards the end of the month. If he wins another race at the open allowance level, he will move up to grade one company to tackle the likes of SEEKING MY DREAM and BUZZ NIGHTMARE.
ON THE MAP
'He's the only horse I have trained in the past year, and by virtue of his performances, has put me on the map," added the 57-year-old, who started training in 2007. A past student of Jamaica College, Sirjue disclosed that in addition to GARY GLITTER (7-2), he now conditions an unraced two-year-old and, recently acquired the recent winner, SEEKING THE DAWN, who is scheduled to run in tomorrow's eighth race.
Sirjue said that he plans to take his training more seriously this year with the acquisition of more horses via the claiming market, He credited trainer Gary Subratie for his growth as a trainer, having been his assistant for a number of years, and also owner-trainer Gordon Lewis for allowing him to train GARY GLITTER.
On Wednesday, the four-year-old gelding by Deputy Glitters out of True Virtue tracked the leaders POLLY B and SIR BUDGET into the straight before disposing of SIR BUDGET approaching the distance, moving away to beat him by eight lengths in the smart time of 1:11.1. Rayan Wilson was again in the saddle.
Meanwhile, the nine-race programme saw the 3-5 favourite DIFERENTGENERATION, with former champion Dane Nelson up, staving off the fast-finishing FIERY PATH (10-1) to win the Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup over 1100 metres to complete a quick double for in-form trainer Steven Todd on the nine-race programme.
Many-time champion Philip Feanny also saddled two winners in DANCING QUEEN and the grey MARVELLOUS MARVA, who overcame grave traffic problems to win the sixth race with female apprentice Mellisa Ward aboard. The upsets were provided by CREEDENCE at 23-1 in the closing race over the straight, WINTER IS COMING at 22-1 for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta in the second, and CHIEF PROSPECT at 12-1 in the fifth.
- O. C.