Hail The Genius powers home
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Coming from last position, HAIL THE GENIUS stormed through among horses in the last 50 metres to win the 3-y-o and up open allowance race over 1200 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Offering odds of 6-1 with the promising 3.0kg claiming apprentice Aaron Chatrie aboard, HAIL THE GENIUS broke smartly in the nine-horse field, but was quickly taken over as the highly fancied FOREVER MINE (5-2) led from BRASH & SASSY (5-2).
Although dropping back to last position in the early stages, as FOREVER MINE and BRASH & SASSY ensured a fast pace, HAIL THE GENIUS was not to be denied.
After turning for home outpaced on the inside in seventh, the six-year-old gelding by Hail Orphan-Ingenius began to eat up the ground.
Bearing down sharply on the leaders midway the last furlong, HAIL THE GENIUS split horses in the closing stages, powering past FOREVER MINE in deep stretch to beat him by three-quarter length, with BRASH & SASSY a similar margin away third. The 4-5 favourite PRINCE OF PEACE could only manage fifth.
Trainer Gary Subratie was elated with the win.
"True, the distance appeared a trifle short, but there was lots of speed present and I knew that if they went too fast, they could come back just as fast to my horse in the dying stages," explained the trainer.
"I always had faith in this horse ... and I've never had him in better condition," he added.
On a day when champion jockey Omar Walker and Richard Mitchell rode two winners each, and top trainer Wayne DaCosta posted two, the apprentices Osieve Donegal and Kareem Richardson-Garvey notched their first wins aboard 10-1 shot TOPLESS ANGEL and 7-1 chance LADY SHARMEELA, respectively.