Nipster thrills as Subratie takes three wins
ROBERT Halledeen produced his trademark last-furlong rally yesterday, rousing 3-1 shot NIPSTER along the rail to outbattle KING ARTHUR by a short head in a stirring stretch duel.
Halledeen kept NIPSTER off the fray in the nine-furlong and 25-yard clash for the Royal Dad Trophy, running the rail, sitting fifth, from post-position one, racing as a team with 4-5 favourite DOUBLE CROWN while ROY ROGERS led KING ARTHUR down the backstretch and into the final turn.
ONE OF A KIND circled rivals with Omar Walker to form a wall of five runners entering the straight, led by KING ARTHUR attacking ROY ROGERS, DOUBLE CROWN out wide, and NIPSTER along the rail.
KING ARTHUR accelerated to overhaul ROY ROGERS a furlong and a half out but was quickly pounced on by NIPSTER down along the rail.
In-form Anthony Thomas kept KING ARTHUR running strong, but Halledeen switched his whip to the left and freshened NIPSTER with a bustling ride to get his mount’s head back in front and won the nod at the wire.
NIPSTER was among three winners for trainer Gary Subratie, who won the following event, also over nine furlongs and 25 yards, closing the 10-race card with SENTIENT, ridden by leading jockey Dane Nelson.
SENTIENT, a top three-year-old last season, overpowered eight-year-old SUPERLUMINAL to win comfortably ahead of late-running 6-5 favourite SUMMER SUN.
Subratie opened his account earlier with speedy three-year-old BASILICUS, who went all the way at four furlongs straight in the fifth event.
Racing continues at Caymanas Park at the weekend.