Walker now joint leader in jockeys’ race
Six-time former champion jockey Omar Walker yesterday landed two races, including the Grooms’ Association of Jamaica feature event with PAPA ALBERT, to join apprentice Christopher Mamdeen atop the jockeys’ standings.
Walker opened his account with Philip Feanny’s money-back favourite, United States-bred LEGALITY, in the second at seven and a half furlongs, romping home by four lengths at the expense of a hapless field of local-bred three-year-olds.
Aboard PAPA ALBERT, the 4-5 favourite, Walker disputed the lead with SWEET DESTINY before his mount proved stronger inside the last quarter-furlong, inching away to win the five-furlong straight event by two and three-quarter lengths, despite being bounced by his challenger close home.
Meanwhile, the combination of trainer Gary Subratie, jockey Dane Dawkins, and owner-breeder Michael Bernard snared the late double with favourites MY SISTER and SOUL CURE, respectively.
MY SISTER, the 1-2 favourite, briefly disputed the lead with 56-1 outsider ZEBRANO before pulling away to score by two lengths in the five-furlong straight ninth event for horses who have never won an overnight allowance.
SOUL CURE broke sharply to dispute the lead with MYSTIC MAMA in the night pan, for three-year-old fillies only, before stablemate NUCLEAR EVITA joined the fray along the rail.
Dawkins renewed his challenge with SOUL CURE three-wide and took on Walker aboard MYSTIC MAMA in a stretch duel that lasted to the furlong pole, where Subratie’s 3-5 favourite got the upper hand.
Apprentice Reyan Lewis also had two winners on the 10-race card, opening the programme at seven and a half furlongs with 1-2 favourite, MASTER OF HALL, who returned from a five-month lay-up to sweep past MADAM SECRETARY a half-furlong out.
The three-kilo claimer returned two races later to make all aboard speedy ZI BEAST, winning at odds of 6-5, going five furlongs round with the favourite.
Racing continues at Caymanas Park with a holiday Ash Wednesday card. Eleven races are scheduled, featuring the return of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta’s importee, STRANGER DANGER, who has been beating grade one stablemate SHE’S A MANEATER at exercise.