Wed | Nov 25, 2020

Another five-timer for Thomas

Published:Monday | October 5, 2020 | 12:14 AMAinsley Walters/Gleaner Writer
REASSURANCE (left), ridden by Javaniel Patterson, wins the Roderick ‘Pilot” Francis Memorial Trophy at Caymanas Park yesterday.
REASSURANCE (left), ridden by Javaniel Patterson, wins the Roderick ‘Pilot” Francis Memorial Trophy at Caymanas Park yesterday.

ANTHONY Thomas Sundays’ continued at Caymanas Park at the weekend as the leading rider reeled off another five-timer, bettering his act by closing the eight-race card with four consecutive winners.

Thomas’ four-day blitz could very well be the most awesome run ever in local-racing history, 15 winners in four days, including two five-timers, not to mention a hat-trick and four consecutive winners on different afternoons.

Dane Nelson, the 2012-14 champion jockey, who led Thomas by one winner up to two weekends aback, has been reduced to a mere spectator, left lagging 13 wins behind after breaking a four-day drought aboard LADY RATTAPUR in the fourth race.

Thomas, who had opened the card aboard 7-5 second choice MR UNIVERSE, beating Nelson astride LORD ASHTON, responded to his rival’s lone win in rapid-fire action - OCEAN WAVE, A SEH SOUP, MY EPISODE, and SIR ALTON - bringing down the curtains on another marauding day for the 2018 champion rider.

Partnering 18-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta’s back-to-back, stakes-record-clocking importee SIR ALTON, Thomas guided the three-year-old colt to within one second of EROS’ 27-year track record of 1:09.2, easily clocking 1:10.2 for six furlongs.

Racing continues at Caymanas Park this weekend with back-to-back meetings.

ainsley.walters@gleanerjm.com