Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
The 2012 derby winner TYPEWRITER turned in an impressive weight-carrying performance to win the open allowance feature for the Nigel B. Nunes Memorial Cup over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Toting topweight of 57kg with customary rider Shane Ellis aboard, the 4-year-old gelding from the stables of Spencer Chung ran on strongly early in the straight to beat this year's derby winner and 4-5 favourite PERFECT NEIGHBOUR under Dick Cardenas by 13/4 lengths, with another neck to RAGING PROSPECT (9-2) with former champion Percy Williams in third and highly fancied COMMANDING CHIEF (2-1) with 'Hall of Fame' jockey Winston Griffiths in fourth. Eight ran.
TYPEWRITER covered the distance in the smart time of 1:53.3, the fastest recorded for the distance since ROYAL RUN won this very race in September, 2003 in 1:53.4.
Outpaced in sixth passing the half-mile as RACING PROSPECT led comfortably from EXOTIC GOLD, COMMANDING CHIEF and PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, TYPEWRITER took closer orders approaching the final bend to straighten some three lengths in fourth.
But when Ellis asked the 4-year-old son of Western Classic - Doc's Paladin for his winning effort, he quickened nicely to overtake RAGING PROSPECT approaching the distance, then kept on strongly for the victory. In the battle for second, the Wayne DaCosta-trained PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who was racing for the first time since his St Leger win on July 6, just outfinished the lightly weighted RAGING PROSPECT.
Making his move
Owned by the Chung family, TYPEWRITER was notching his third win from six starts this season and his eighth from 13 lifetime starts with total stakes of $10.8 million.
Ellis said he was content to wait until making his move leaving the 600-metre pole.
"At this stage, he was travelling so smoothly that I knew he would catch them early in the straight", said the second-generation jockey.
"Once he remains fit and well, I don't see him losing the Superstakes come November, " he added. Meanwhile, the Pick-9 which eluded punters for seven consecutive race days, was cornered by two punters, each receiving a cool $4.3 million. With a carryover of $5.6 million, Pick-9 sales almost reached $5 million and this ensured that the payout would top $8 million.