Zephyr grabs shocking win in feature
ZEPHYR, a 21-1 longshot, stunned punters in yesterday’s six-furlong Ahwhofah Sprint, desperately hanging on by a half-length from fast-finishing 5-2 second-favourite, LOTTERY TICKET, a gate-to-wire victory from post-position 16.
ZEPHYR, a six-year-old mare, had failed by a short head to catch lightning-fast PATRIARCH at five furlongs round on May 15. This time around, the chestnut mare used her speed to steal a march down the backstretch, chased by another outsider, CAPTUREMYSHIP, running at odds of 99-1.
LEGALITY, the 1-2 favourite, went in chase of the leaders, straightening third, hunting a fourth win in six starts, but failed to quicken off the turn and flattened out, leaving ZEPHYR and CAPTUREMYSHIP battling a furlong out.
Begging for the post to intervene, her strides shortening with each leap, ZEPHYR still lasted home, winning in 1:12.3 from LOTTERY TICKET, who came with her usual late rush inside the last half-furlong.
CAPTUREMYSHIP bravely stayed on for third ahead of LEGALITY, who was expected to hand leading rider, apprentice Christopher Mamdeen, a fourth winner on the 10-race card.
Hot Mamdeen had to settle for a three-timer, which he closed with 9-5 chance, GOD OF LOVE, for trainer Philip Feanny, extending his tally to 45 wins, eight ahead of fellow claiming rider, Reyan Lewis.
Mamdeen, who has so far ridden 61 winners since attaining his apprentice licence on September 29 last year, had earlier won aboard PURE HEART and REIGNING KING, in the second and fourth races, respectively.
Lewis won the fifth race aboard Ryan Darby’s 5-1 shot, JACKO LINKS, moving to 37 wins. Six-time former champion jockey, Omar Walker, also rode one winner, FRESH CASH, at odds of 6-1, in the eighth event, staying third on 22 wins.
Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Wednesday.