Upset wins for Wilson, Band of Gold
WILSON and BAND OF GOLD yesterday scored upset victories in the Sir Howard and Hot Line Stakes, upstaging trainer Patrick Lynch's pair of DRONE STRIKE and DISABILITY CHARM in the 1200-metre events for three-year-olds.
Richard Azan's WILSON broke sharply to lead the Sir Howard Stakes for colts and geldings but was relegated to fourth down the backstretch as DRONE STRIKE and ADONIS took over and duelled to the half-mile marker.
DRONE STRIKE raced clear of ADONIS three furlongs out but was quickly reeled in by WILSON, who produced a smooth run along the rail with apprentice Oneil Scott to launch his challenge coming off the home turn.
Pushed out by Scott, WILSON held his gallop well in the stretch run to win the non-winners-of-two event by three-and-three-quarter lengths at off of 5-1.
The Hot Line Stakes for fillies was won in a storming finish by BAND OF GOLD, who flew in the stretch run to overhaul DISABILITY CHARM and SERGEANT RECKLESS, who were engaged in a speed duel from the start.
Dane Nelson partnered BAND OF GOLD for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, landing the fillies-only race at off of 9-1, beating DISABILITY CHARM by length and a half.
Azan was back in the winners' enclosure immediately after WILSON's victory, greeting ACKEE PIE at odds of 2-1 in the ninth race.
Philip Feanny also saddled two winners, landing back-to-back races at five furlongs straight, the fourth and fifth events, with KHALEESI'S REVENGE and JOLLY D, both at odds of 5-2.
Oneil Mullings was aboard both Feanny winners, sharing the day's riding honours with three-kilo claiming apprentice Scott, who had opened his account with 10-1 outsider FIFTY CENTS in the sixth race before scoring with WILSON.
Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Wednesday.