Triple for Walker, DaCosta
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Champion jockey Omar Walker and his guv'nor, 10-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, teamed up for a sparkling three-timer at Caymanas Park yesterday, including 6-5 favourite NEW KINGSTON in the overnight allowance feature over 1700 metres.
In addition to NEW KINGSTON, who held on grimly by a neck from the fast-finishing VONALMIGHTY (9-2), the 'supreme team' also struck with 5-1 chance THE GUMMER in the fourth race over 1100 metres, and 3-5 favourite MADURA GOLD in the closing Alex's Imports 'Dig Out' Handicap over 1200 metres for maiden three-year-olds.
By virtue of this windfall, Walker has improved into third position in the jockeys' standings with 11 wins so far this season. Shane Ellis, who rode one winner in 2-1 favourite SILENT IMAGE for the recently hospitalised trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes, who is recuperating at home, leads the standings with with 17 wins, followed by Dick Cardenas in second on 14.
Cardenas booted home the Nunes-trained 3-y-o colt SARAGOSSA to an impressive post-to-post victory in the opening race over 1500 metres to complete a hat-trick of wins.
The following is a brief account of the remaining races: (second) The grey TIME OF STORM made most, but although looking the likely winner a furlong out, was caught and beaten close home by the fast-finishing CHADHALIA.
(3rd) NUTTIN BUT ZKARIA chased long-time leader AOKI LEE at close range, went through approaching the 600-metre pole and although headed off by the favourite FLYING MARGARET early in the straight, rallied under a torrid right hand stick from the apprentice to win in a driving finish.
(4th) FABULOUSCONNECTION led from REGGAE PRINCESS and THE BEST MAN with THE GUMMER outpaced passing the half mile. In the straight, REGGAE PRINCESS and THE BEST MAN were engaged in a neck and neck duel leaving the furlong pole, before THE GUMMER stormed through midway the last furlong for a decisive win, his first in two years
(5th) The favourite ROJO led from BALLROOM DANCER, who took over approaching the distance for an easy win.
(6th) MISS TIMS made most from SHE'S ROYAL who soon took over, but proved no match for the favourite PIECE A FOOT (inside) a furlong out.
(7th) Outpaced a bit as LESTERAE led from highly fancied PAT N GOLD, SILENT IMAGE came through in the last furlong to win in a driving finish from PAT N GOLD.