Ian Allen/Staff Photographer
AITCHEMESBEAGLE (left), with United States-based Andrew Ramgeet up, scoring by a neck over AZULI (Javour Simpson) in yesterday's 1820m Rimsky Trophy event at Caymanas Park. The winner is trained by Phillip Elliott.
Ainsley Walters, Freelance Writer
UNITED STATES-based jockey Andrew Ramgeet won yesterday's co-features at Caymanas Park in contrasting fashion aboard the impressive American-bred LADY HASTINGS and AITCHEMESBEAGLE.
Ramgeet enjoyed an armchair ride aboard Howard Hamilton-owned LADY HASTINGS in the opening event for the 1400-metre Sweet Ruckus Trophy, cruising home by over 13 lengths in the Grade Three race, logging her second straight win from as many starts.
The dark bay filly stalked another American-bred, PSYCHEDELIC, to the half-mile before gliding past with three furlongs to run.
Pushed out by Ramgeet, LADY HASTINGS cantered in under a hand ride.
However, later in the afternoon, the three-time champion jockey had to dig deep into his bag of tricks to have 4-1 shot AITCHEMESBEAGLE outfinish a persistent AZULI in the 1820-metre Rimsky Trophy.
Breaking his mount smartly from post position one, Ramgeet led rivals down the backstretch, stalked by apprentice Javour Simpson aboard American-bred AZULI. Approaching the three-furlong marker, AZULI challenged inside and joined AITCHEMESBEAGLE to thunder into the straight as a team in the non-winners-of-three event.
Galloping strongly along the rail, AZULI, hunting back-to-back wins after winning at a mile on December 9, got her head in front a furlong out but Ramgeet doubled his efforts aboard AITCHEMESBEAGLE and got the local-bred gelding to rally strongly shades from the wire to win by a neck.
Trained by Phillip Elliott, AITCHEMESBEAGLE was winning his second race in three starts after beating non-winners of two on November 25.
AITCHEMESBEAGLE and another 4-1 shot, SONG BOOK in the ninth at 1100 metres, crashed all Pick-9 bets, sending a stunning $3,141,992 carryover to tomorrow's New Year's Day card.
However, Super-6 bettors were again on target with 12 winning combinations each picking up $85,335.50.
Apprentice Jason Simpson shared riding honours with Ramgeet on the 11-race card, booting home COCK ROBIN in the sixth at 1000 metres round and JACK BE GOOD in the eighth at 1500 metres.
Defending champion and leading jockey Brian Harding went winless for a second straight raceday, ending the year on 97 wins, seven clear of Wesley Henry, who had one winner on the card, SHARMI MY LOVE in the fifth race.
Wayne DaCosta wrapped up his third straight and sixth trainers' title with 67 winners and more than $32m in stakes earned.
Howard Hamilton had the distinction of finishing as top owner and breeder. His Hamark Farms won 29 races and more than $12m in stakes, whereas his breeding outfit, HAM Stables Limited, won 53 races and more than $20m in stakes.