Lifeisjusforliving tramples rivals in Sir Howard Stakes
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The unbeaten LIFEISJUSFORLIVING turned in another impressive performance at Caymanas Park yesterday to win the 16th running of the Sir Howard Stakes over 1200 metres, which is confined to native bred three-year-old colts and gelding
Installed a howling 1-4 favourite, LIFEISJUSFORLIVING, ridden by champion jockey Omar Walker for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, broke smartly from the number four post position and proceeded to lead on the bridle from 6-1 chance KRYPTOGRAM, TRAIN TRACKER BOY and GLOBAL WARMING in a field of seven.
Cruising out of the quarter bend into the straight, LIFEISJUSFORLIVING moved away up the lane to win by eight lengths from KRYPTOGRAM with GLOBAL WARMING a farther five lengths away at third.
Owned by the Church Pen Farm and bred by Orange Valley Estates Limited, the chestnut gelding by Region Of Merit out of Bold Queen covered the distance in the smart time of 1:12.1 behind splits of 23.2 and 46.3 for the half mile.
Unraced as a two-year-old, LIFEISJUSFORLIVING is unbeaten in two starts. He had previously made a smashing debut over the round five course on February 6 when scoring in post-to-post fashion in the smart time of 59.2 with Walker aboard.
Earlier in the afternoon, the Walker/DaCosta combination failed in their bid to take the double when hot favourite EXCELLENCE was soundly beaten by 2-1 second favourite WILD TRADITION in the Hot Line Stakes. EXCELLENCE suffered interference on leaving the starting gates, lost ground as a result and was never able to recover, finishing a poor fifth.
Held on by a length
WILD TRADITION, who chased her lesser fancied stable-companion HERA (44-1) into the straight, went by a furlong out and held on by a length from the DaCosta-trained SOCA PARTY (32-1) in a field of nine. She was ridden by Shane Ellis.
WILD TRADITION is also unbeaten in two starts. The dark bay filly by Traditional out of Born To Be Wild is owned by Arscott Farms, bred by Ralston Feanny and trained by Anthony 'Baba' Nunes, who posted a second winner on the card in 8-1 chance SAPPHIRE in the second race over 1200 metres.
On a day when Ellis (Wild Tradition, Wise Fit) and Dane Nelson (Ministerofjustice, Alias Mr Cat) shared the riding honours with two winners each, RHOSA KLEBB at 56-1 scored a notable upset in the ninth race over 1100 metres, while WISE FIT produced a devastating late run, after walking out at the start, to win the fifth over 1400 metres at odds of 15-1.