Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
EL PODEROSO, running as the 4-5 favourite with 'Hall of Fame' jockey Winston Griffiths aboard, won the seventh running of the Seek Exercise Book Back to School Trophy open allowance race over 1300 metres in a new stakes record time of 1:17.1.
Trained by 14-time champion Philip Feanny, the American four-year-old colt won by a length from 10-1 chance TRADITIONAL PRINCE under champion jockey Dane Nelson with another four lengths away third to THE GUV at 7-1. Ten ran.
EL PODEROSO was ridden to chase long-time leader UPPA TUNE (9-2) under leading jockey Omar Walker from early, as the two imported horses separated themselves from the rest of the field leaving the half-mile.
But although UPPA TUNE turned for home some three lengths clear, he was soon brushed aside by EL PODEROSO, who held on well in the closing stakes to clip one-fifth of a second off the previous record held by two-time 'Horse of the Year' SAINT CECELIA since 2011.
Owned jointly by Val Chung, Clovis Metcalfe and Robert Chung, EL PODEROSO provided Feanny with his second consecutive win in this race, having won last year's running with REASONABLE PRESS, who was unplaced yesterday.
EL PODEROSO was one of four favourites to score on the 10-race programme.
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