Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The 4-5 favourite, D'NUGGET, made hacks of her 11 opponents at Caymanas Park yesterday, with a runaway victory in the Mortimer 'Morty' Heron Memorial Cup feature (claiming $250,000-$210,000), winning by 15 lengths.
Ridden by champion apprentice Shamaree Muir from the convenient mark of 50.0kg, D'NUGGET raced in touch from the outset as highly fancied BORA BORA (3-1) led from NO SMOKING (8-1).
She started her winning run from the half-mile, quickly going by BORA BORA on the inside to turn for home with NATURALFANTASY (7-2) in hot pursuit. Thereafter, it was smooth sailing as D'NUGGET effortlessly moved away from NATURALFANTASY for an emphatic victory.
D'NUGGET, who stepped down in class to vie for this trophy, was scoring for only the second time from 22 starts. The American five-year-old mare by Congrats out of Top Of The Noggin is owned by Morris Myrie and trained by Denrick Chambers, who said losing was out of the question.
"Although she had only won once before, she's just better than this set of horses and I'm not surprised by the margin of victory," said Chambers.
"She was in good condition and we decided to drop her in class for the victory. Although claimed for $250,000, I have no complaints," added the trainer.
On a day when apprentice riders Prince 'Daggerman' Holder and Kuri Powell rode two winners each, 2000 Guineas aspirant RUM PUNCH (1-4 favourite) was humbled by the lightly raced American 3-y-o colt, ADMIRAL SNOW (7-2), in the seventh race over 1600 metres for native and imported three-year-olds.
Trained by Paul Hylton for Patrick 'Snowman' Salmon, ADMIRAL SNOW, with Richard Mitchell up, made all convincingly to beat RUN PUNCH by 21/4 lengths in a field of eight.