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DaCosta, Walker steal the show

Published:Sunday | February 12, 2017 | 2:16 AMOrville Clarke
LOTTERY TICKET (Omar Walker) capturing the Howard Phillipps Memorial Trophy race over 1100 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.

Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and champion jockey Omar Walker teamed up for three winners at Caymanas Park yesterday, including 9-5 favourite LOTTERY TICKET in the Howard Phillipps Memorial Trophy over 1100 metres, the day's feature.

The fair-size crowd, which included former West Indies fast-bowling great Michael Holding and former England cricket captain Michael Atherton, saw the DaCosta-trained 1-9 favourite, RADICAL, and 3-5 favourite LOOSE CANNON also providing Walker with runaway wins.

LOTTERY TICKET, however, had no such luxury, as the four-year-old filly by Seeking The Glory out of Just A Flutter had to be hard driven to catch and beat the free-runnng ZEPHYR (12-1) by half a length in the good time of 1:06.2. The race was contested by 11 starters, including the fleet-footed LUNAR ROCKET (5-2), who disputed the lead with ZEPHYR into the straight, but weakened out of the frame in the latter stages.

MARLENE MY LOVE

Meanwhile, the lightly-raced but highly thought of three-year-old filly, MARLENE MY LOVE, notched her second win from as many starts in the restricted allowance mile contested by eight three-year-olds.

Ridden by former champion jockey Wesley Henry for trainer Dwight Chen and popular owner Howard Hamilton, MARLENE MY LOVE (named for the owner's wife) tracked long-time leader WESTERN WARRIOR (19-1) into the straight before going by a furlong out to beat him by 31/2 lengths in the good time of 1:39.3.

Unraced as a two-year-old, the bay filly by Adore The Gold out of Miss Chestnut, a half sister to two-time Horse of the Year Mark My Word, showed enough class to prompt her owner to say: "I believe she will develop into a live classic contender ... . She has the pedigree and a style of running conducive to middle and longer distances."

MARLENE BY LOVE was bred by HAM Stables Limited.