Sun | Jan 24, 2021

Further and Beyond takes Super Challenge Trophy

Published:Monday | November 30, 2020 | 12:10 AMAinsley Walters/Gleaner Writer
FURTHER AND BEYOND, ridden by Dane Nelson, wins the fourth race at Caymanas Park, in Portmore, St Catherine, on Saturday, October 24.
FURTHER AND BEYOND, ridden by Dane Nelson, wins the fourth race at Caymanas Park, in Portmore, St Catherine, on Saturday, October 24.

FURTHER AND BEYOND pushed Anthony Nunes further, but not yet beyond the reach of nemesis Wayne DaCosta, by landing yesterday’s Pick 3 Super Challenge Trophy for two-year-olds.

Starting the morning with a lead of approximately $1 million and grabbing the lion’s share of the $750,000 purse in the third event with 4-5 favourite, TRICKY ONE, Nunes cleaned up in the feature, grabbing $2.12 million in stakes after HOIST THE MAST stayed on for third behind FURTHER AND BEYOND and DEN STREET.

FURTHER AND BEYOND, a full brother to ABOVE AND BEYOND, this year’s 1000 Guineas and Oaks winner, clocked a fast 1:25.3 after chasing splits of 23.1, 45.2 and 57.1.

Nunes Pick 3 winner is being pointed at the rich Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes on Boxing Day, December 26, when he is bound to renew rivalry with DaCosta’s DEN STREET, whose three-race win streak he halted in a commanding victory.

DEN STREET, the even-money favourite, was outsped in fourth down the backstretch of the seven-furlong event while FURTHER AND BEYOND, ridden to keep pace, looked more comfortable chasing stablemate HOIST THE MAST and speedy SHE’S A WONDER.

FURTHER AND BEYOND caught up with the speedsters by running the rail into the straight and led a furlong and a half out while DEN STREET remained fourth despite being put to the whip by Anthony Thomas.

Though going past the tiring fillies, SHE’S A WONDER and HOIST THE MAST, a furlong out, DEN STREET found far-striding FURTHER AND BEYOND an elusive target inside the last half-furlong, flattered by the margin of defeat, a length and three-quarter, after Dane Nelson eased the winner at the wire.

For the second straight meet, Thomas added a winner to his lead over Nelson, inching to six atop the standings with an early two-timer, KEY WITNESS in the second and FORMAL GLADIATOR in the fourth.

Racing continues with back-to-back meets at the weekend, Saturday-Sunday, with a mandatory Pick 4 payout tentatively set for the second day.

ainsley.walters@gleanerjm.com