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Chace The Great takes Easter Sprint Cup

Published:Tuesday | April 18, 2017 | 4:00 AMAinsley Walters

Chace The Great drifted to mid-track inside the final half-furlong, but was already well clear and pulled away to outclass rivals in yesterday's Easter Sprint Cup at Caymanas Park.

Trainer Dwight Chen was relieved but still concerned that the four-year-old gelding continues to drift in the straight whenever jockeys apply the whip.

"In the last part, he still drifted. I told him not to use the whip, but I guess he was clear and just testing," Chen said of jockey Jevvanne Erwin's late decision after hitting the front and going clear a furlong out.

Chace The Great will next race against open allowance horses, a tougher bunch than the 12 overnight allowance runners which he easily dispatched.

Held off the pace down the backstretch if the 1100-metre feature race, Chace The Great made his move three furlongs out, while Dancing Queen, Force De Jour, Vision and Dreamliner went kamikaze on the lead.

Chen's runner attacked widest off the turn and had no problems to shoot clear under a hand ride. However, Erwin could not resist the urge of using his whip, which caused Chace The Great to drift off a true line close home.

"That's life, he's not a whip horse, just like Crucial Appeal. It seems that I have the no-whip horses to contend with," Chen pointed out.

"With Chace The Great, he has been a headache from the start. When it's not one thing, it's the other," he added, agreeing that his runner's drifting habits could be exposed up in class against tougher opposition.

 

TWO-TIMER

 

Chace The Great closed a two-timer for Erwin, who also won the fourth race aboard Bars of Gold to share riding honours with Shane Ellis.

Frankenstorm opened the 10-race card with Ellis aboard for Johnny Wilmot, the day's leading trainer with two winners.

Ellis had to pull out all the stops aboard Cheers to close his two-timer in the third event, lasting home by a nose from fast-finishing Xquisite Choice.

Wilmot closed the programme with 4-5 favourite Da Jackal, who stayed on strongly with leading jockey Omar Walker, winning in a driving finish from 12-1 outsider Make My Day.