Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
NATURALLY EVIL showed his appreciation for a mile yesterday with a decisive victory in the three-year-old restricted stakes, feature event at Caymanas Park in the absence of a trophy race.
Having finished a good fourth to LADY SHARVANI over the straight on the previous Saturday, NATURALLY EVIL, with Paul 'Country' Francis riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny, was highly fancied at 5-2 and won decisively in a field of eight.
The bay gelding by Natural Selection out of Diablo Forever raced prominently in third as the 6-5 favourite ADMIRAL SNOW led from ROYAL VIBES (9-5) for the first half of the race.
NATURALLY EVIL shot past the battling leaders on the run to the 600-metre pole, turned for home a clear leader and kept on strongly to beat ROYAL VIBES by 1 1/2 lengths, with PRINCESS SHANEIL (7-2) staying on well along the rails for third, another neck away.
NATURALLY EVIL is owned by Hamark Farms and bred by Y.S. (1955) Limited. This was his third win from 10 career starts with stakes of $1.4 million.
Following the impressive fast-time debut by the Feanny-trained two-year-old filly PRINCESS POPSTAR on Wednesday, GOLDEN BULLET followed suit yesterday in the opening two-year-old race over 1100 metres, with Shane Ellis aboard.
Backed as if defeat was out of the question, GOLDEN BULLET, the 1-4 favourite, flashed past the early leader FLIGHT DIRECTOR approaching the 600-metre pole and cruised home by five lengths from SANTANA (7-2) on this his debut.
Bred by Everglades Farms Limited, the bay colt colt by Western Classic out of Wap is trained by Anthony 'Baba' Nunes for co-owners Elias Haloute, Wilbert Bagwandeen, Trevor Dunkley Sr and Stephan Narinesingh.
On a day when the unit value of all bets saw an increase, as high as 100 per cent for exotic bets (Pick-9, Super-6), GOLDEN BULLET was one of six favourites to score on the 11-race programme. Others include EASTWOOD, MIKENIFICENT and ALLADEN'S GOLD.
Champion jockey Dane Nelson, who won the last double aboard the 9-5 favourites DIAMOND PRINCESS and MAN ALIVE, topped all riders with two winners. And for the second consecutive race day, the stewards disqualified a winner, this time 6-1 chance APOINTFORKERRY in the second race over the straight for causing interference to third past the post SKIPPINGFORTREASURE (8-5) leaving the quarter pole.
The race was awarded to the Lorne Kirlew-trained FALL OUT BOY under in-form Richard Lunan.