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Runaway St Leger win for Marquesas

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMAinsley Walters
MARQUESAS (Shane Ellis) wins the 2018 Sagicor Bank-sponsored Jamaica St Leger by 18 lengths at Caymanas Park, yesterday.

MARQUESAS turned yesterday's Jamaica St Leger into a procession, making the same move he tried in last month's derby, only there was no DRONE STRIKE to catch him this time around.

Sent on by Shane Ellis four and a half furlongs out after tracking COMMANDER TWO and UNCLE HONEY down the backstretch, MARQUESAS literally disappeared from his 14 rivals and kept going further away in the stretch run.

Trainer Michael Marlowe said that adding the visor midway the classic season helped to transform MARQUESAS, who won the 10-furlong race as the 6-5 favourite.

"The visor has definitely made him sharper," he said.

"Today, Shane decided he was going to go through early and take it to them. We turned the tables today, and that's all that matters," Marlowe said, adding that he would now point MARQUESAS to the big-distance races at the back end of the season.

"We're going forward with this horse. Those are the races we are are going for - the Prime Minister's Stakes, Superstakes, and so on. Our job now is to keep him sound."

FAYROUZ finished second, 18 lengths behind MARQUESAS, who won in a time of 2:10.0, improving on her third-place run in the derby.

Derby-winner DRONE STRIKE tried following MARQUESAS but fell back sharply, leaving the three-furlong marker and was afterwards eased by jockey Aaron Chatrie, who dismounted shortly after passing the winning post.

Leading rider Anthony Thomas and Dick Cardenas each rode two winners on the 11-race card.

Cardenas booted home MEMORY OF TS and TREASURE TRAIN in the first and fifth races, respectively.




Thomas, granted a reprieve by the stewards to stagger his suspension to ride on the St Leger card, ZACKONTHEATTACK in the second and JAMAI RAJA in the 11th, extending his lead to 20 winners over Ellis atop the jockeys' standings.

Trainers Gary Subratie and Rudolph Hardial each saddled two winners.

Hardial's winners were ZACKONTHEATTACK and SONG ON TRACK in the seventh. Subratie's United States-bred HILLY'S HALO produced another impressive performance to win back-to-back races, landing the sixth at six and a half furlongs.

NUCLEAR DAN DADA completed Subratie's double, making all with Robert Halledeen in the ninth at five and a half furlongs.

Racing continues on Wednesday with a holiday meet, Emancipation Day, featuring the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Trophy.