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Mr Universe cruises to BGLC Trophy win

Published:Thursday | August 2, 2018 | 12:19 AMAinsley Walters/Gleaner Writer
MR UNIVERSE, ridden by Gary Richards, is the run away winner of the the seventh race, The Betting Gaming & Lotteries Commission Trophy over 1100 metres, at Caymanas Park in St Catherine, yesterday.
PHINEAS (left), ridden by Andre Powell, powers to victory in race eight for the Emancipation Day Trophy at Caymanas Park in St Catherine, yesterday.

MR UNIVERSE predictably made short work of rivals in yesterday's Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Trophy, a gate-to-wire victory in a super fast 1:05.0 for five and a half furlongs.

Gary Richards wasted no time, putting the four-year-old colt in front and made every post a winning one, setting blazing splits of 22.4 and 45.4 to lead home ANOTHER BULLET by five and a quarter lengths.

ORPHEUS was third in the open allowance sprint, finishing eight and three quarter lengths behind MR UNIVERSE, the 1-5 favourite, who will next race among grade one horses.


Phineas in the winnings


The Emancipation Day Trophy was won by 10-1 outsider PHINEAS, who overcame interference from SHINING LIGHT along the rail in the stretch run, storming to the front midway the last half-furlong.

Slowly into stride with apprentice Andre Powell, nine-year-old PHINEAS used his back class to catch up with the field at the top of the straight and ran on strongly after being switched off the inner rail when SHINING LIGHT darted inside, causing Powell to check his mount.

Aaron Chatrie rode back-to-back winners on the 10-race card, MISS IN KISS and BINDAREDUNDAT in the third and fourth races, respectively.

Trainers Steven Todd and Paul Charlton each saddled two winners. Todd opened the programme with money-back favourite CHIEF PROSPECT and followed up with 2-1 chance DIFFERENT GENERATION in the fifth.

Charlton's winners were BINDAREDUNDAT and 6-5 favourite FLOWERS THIRTY in the ninth.

Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday followed by Monday's Independence Day holiday meet.