City Flight eases to victory in feature
Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
The talented American bred three-year-old filly CITY FLIGHT kept her unbeaten record intact at Caymanas Park yesterday with an emphatic post-to-post victory in the St Catherine Cup open allowance feature over 1100 metres.
One of three winners for four-time champion jockey Omar Walker, CITY FLIGHT won by 23/4 lengths from 7-2 chance RIO COBRE under champion jockey Dane Nelson and 8-5 second favourite EL PODEROSO with 'Hall of Fame' jockey Winston Griffiths aboard.
CITY FLIGHT was smartly away from the number-one post position, coasted into the straight some three lengths clear of the chasing pair of RIO COBRE and EL PODEROSO, then kept on strongly for her fifth consecutive win.
happy with performance
Voted the champion two-year-old of last season, CITY FLIGHT, who is owned by Michros and trained by Gary Subratie, has now won twice from as many starts this season. She had previously won 10 days earlier over the straight in overnight allowance company.
Subratie was happy with yesterday's performance against better quality horses and responding to some criticism that she had come back too quickly. The second generation trainer jokingly remarked that "her previous race was a blowout for this race ... she's definitely going places now".
With Nelson failing to ride a winner from several highly fancied rides, Walker (14 wins) seized the opportunity to assume sole leadership of the championship with wins aboard CITY FLIGHT, 8-5 shot SHINING GOLD who scored a runaway win in the fourth and Ian Parsard's GHOST RAPPER, also at 8-5 in the James B. Dawes Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres. Subratie posted a second winner on the card in 1-2 favourite PERFECT DAY with Ameth Robles up.