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Day of upsets at Caymanas Park ... Nelson, Henry among double winners

Published:Thursday | February 23, 2017 | 2:00 AMOrville Clarke

Yesterday's mid-week programme at Caymanas Park was dominated by outsiders, so much so that there were carry-overs in all the exotic bets.

The first Super-6 had no takers, resulting in a $1.2 million carry-over to Saturday's Front Runner-sponsored meet, while the twilight Super-6 also eluded punters, offering a $2.4 million carry-over to Saturday as well.

If that wasn't enough, the Pick-9 proved elusive, with only one person good enough to spot seven of nine winners to win a $137,000 consolation prize, leaving a million-dollar carry-over, while the same were true of the Pick-4, Place Pot 8 and Hi-Five embracing the closing race.

With no trophy race at stake on the nine-race programme, four jockeys shared the honours with two winners each.

They were former champions Wesley Henry (Dragline, Silver Slippers) and Dane Nelson (Meet Justin, Conclusion), as well as Ameth Robles (Dutchrow, Malachi) and the 3.0kg claiming apprentice Andre Powell (Traditional Storm, Turbo Machine).

MANY FAVOURITES FELL

The Enos Brown-trained SILVER SLIPPERS at 1-4 in the fourth race over 1100 metres for maiden four-year-olds and up was the only favourite to oblige, as other top heavy favourites such as BRAVE PROSPECT, FIVE STAR, FIERY PATH, DUSSELDORF and MANDEYA fell like nine pins on the afternoon.

Upsets were provided by MEET JUSTIN at 17-1, TURBO CHARGE at 11-1, MALACHI at 9-1, CONCLUSION at 7-1, MARKOFAPRINCE at 6-1 and the improving TRADITIONAL STORM at 5-1, the latter making most in the fourth race over 1400 to make it two in a row.

Saturday's programme will feature phase two of the Front Runner Racing Series (sponsored by Newport Mills) for three-years olds in two races - the Hot Line Stakes for native bred fillies over 1200 metres and the Sir Howard Stakes, again over 1200 metres for colts and geldings.

The annual renewal of the valuable Kings' Plate over 1400 metres for open allowance horses will also be run.