Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The American filly GO GO YVONNE, running with a mere 47.5kg and hot apprentice Shamaree Muir aboard, used the light impost to best advantage to beat topweight REASONABLE PRESS convincingly in the open allowance feature for the Gladiator Trophy over 1400 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Punters installed the Spencer Chung-trained GO GO YVONNE a marginal favourite at 3-2 over REASONABLE PRESS (also at 3-2) with leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths aboard in a field of six.
In the end, GO GO YVONNE won by three lengths to avenge her narrow defeat (short head) to REASONABLE PRESS in the August 25 Seek Exercise Book Trophy race over 1300 metres.
On this occasion, the Lakeland-owned GO GO YVONNE led under pressure on the inside from the rank outsider NYABINGHI and REASONABLE PRESS on the outside.
Entering the straight, however, it came down to GO GO YVONNE and REASONABLE PRESS heads on, but GO GO YVONNE soon found extra on the rails to gallop two lengths clear a furlong out, after which the issue was never in doubt.
REASONABLE PRESS held on by three-quarter length for second, ahead of 2-1 chance ERASMO, who found the distance a trifle short.
Earlier in the afternoon, PISCEAN ROCKET, highly fancied at 2-1 with outgoing champion jockey Dick Cardenas aboard, made an auspicious debut to win the Royal Lancaster Trophy maiden special over 1000 metres round for native-bred two-year-old colts and geldings.
Top apprentices Muir (GO GO YVONNE, CONCRETE JUN-GLE) and Renardo McNaughton (CRUISER, TIMEFORARMS) shared the riding honours with two winners each on the card.