Sir Budget goes all the way
SIR BUDGET yesterday won his first open allowance race, doggedly holding on to beat United States-bred four-year-old filly CHOO CHOO BLUE at 1000 metres straight.
Partnered by three-kilo claiming apprentice Anthony Thomas, five-year-old SIR BUDGET made every post a winning one, drawn best on the faster stands' side in the six-horse field.
He was closely tracked by 9-5 chance CHOO CHOO BLUE and POLLY B throughout but used his light impost and great draw to win by a length-and-quarter at odds of 5-1 for trainer Michael Beecham.
POLLY B stayed on for third at long odds of 30-1, getting the better of 7-5 favourite CRUCIAL APPEAL, who laboured under topweight 57.0 kilos, breaking from an equally tough draw, postposition one.
Vastly improved since the back end of last season when he first beat overnight allowance horses in December, speedy SIR BUDGET won again at the level on June 24.
Having beaten open allowance company, SIR BUDGET is now classified in grade one where he will face the country's best sprinters for the remainder of the season.
Jockey Wesley Henry rode two winners on the 10-race card including even-money favourite SIEMPRE BUENO in the 1000-metre straight Master Blaster Trophy, one of two horses trainer Anthony Nunes greeted in the winners' enclosure enclosure.
Nunes' other winner was 3-5 favourite MUSKETOON, partnered by apprentice Amoy Gray in the fourth race. Henry had earlier won the third aboard 2-1 chance STORMING.
Trainer Steven Todd also saddled two winners - 4-1 shot ROYAL GIRL in the second race and 11-1 outsider SWEET DESTINY, partnered by female apprentice Natalie Berger and her male counterpart, Oneil Edwards, respectively.
Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday.