Easy for Royal Assault
ROYAL ASSAULT yesterday again proved his superiority in overnight allowance, returning off a five-month lay-up to outclass 11 rivals in the 1000-metre straight G.A. 'Sarge' Bucknor Memorial.
Breaking widest from the favoured stands' side draw over the straight course, the five-year-old horse briefly disputed the lead with ACTION MAN before powering to the front under apprentice Linton Steadman.
Though drifting to the centre entering the main track, ROYAL ASSAULT's class was obvious from two furlongs out.
Ran a brave race
Straightened out by Steadman, the Anthony Nunes-trained runner stayed on strongly to win at odds of 9-5 in 58.1 seconds on the recently sanded track, beating late-closing DANCING QUEEN with Percy Williams by two-and-a-half lengths.
ACTION MAN ran a brave race for third, losing second almost at the wire at odds of 13-1 with Wesley Henry astride.
ROYAL ASSAULT closed a two-timer for Nunes, whose MEMORY OF TS finished strongly under Aaron Chatrie to catch LIGHT BRIGADE stealing home in the seventh race at 1200 metres.
Chatrie lit up the 10-race card with a three-timer, which included the two biggest outsiders on the day, starting with 25-1 chance CRUISING MOTION, beating another outsider, 16-1 shot SIEMPRE BUENO with Ahon Gray.
The bustling rider closed the programme with another stunner, 27-1 longshot SHELLIAN GREY, running past 4-5 favourite MEET JUSTIN early in the straight.
Apprentice Bebeto Harvey rode two winners, CLEARLY OURS in the second and SUBBIE in the fourth.
Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Wednesday.