Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
The unbeaten filly, PRINCESS POPSTAR, turned in another superlative performance at Caymanas Park yesterday to win the $2.95 million Cash Pot 'Only One For Me Trophy' over 1200 metres in a new stakes record time.
Installed a howling 1-9 favourite with former champion jockey Percy Williams riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny, PRINCESS POPSTAR led from start to finish to win by 9 1/2 lengths from INSANE BOLT (chased), covering the distance in stakes record time of 1:10.4 behind splits of 22.3 and 45.4 for the first half mile.
The highly thought of unbeaten colt, BOY WONDER, was declared a late non-starter, having picked up an injury in his stall on Friday morning.
Williams, champion jockey in 1994, said he was not surprised that PRINCESS POPSTAR beat a better field in record time.
"I knew that she was something special after winning with her on debut and judging from her glowing exercise reports, it was just a matter of how far.
"True, the withdrawal of Boy Wonder made it easier for her, but no two-year-old could live with her today even though I was not hard on her in the straight.
"She is bred to go beyond sprint distances and if all goes well, there's no telling the impact she is going to make on racing," he said.
Owned by 2 Penyu, who had a second winner in the Feanny-trained RUNAWAY QUEEN, PRINCESS POPSTAR is unbeaten in two starts, having made a smashing fast-time debut over the round five course on September 11.
Bred by the HAM Stables Limited, PRINCESS POPSTAR is a bay filly by Adore The Gold out of Docs' Paladin, which makes her a half-sister to the 2012 derby and St. Leger winner, TYPEWRITER.
Meanwhile, bang-in-form champion jockey Dane Nelson rode his second consecutive triple yesterday to cut the lead of out of form four-time champion Omar Walker to just three.
Nelson, who moved to 81 wins for the season, won aboard 1-5 favourite LAPTOP, who was awarded the opening race on the disqualification of 16-1 outsider IBELIEVE N MIRACLE, as well as SHEZA BOSSLADY at 9-5 in the fifth and evens favourite ALEXANDER, who got up in the nick of time to win the ninth race, the latter marking his 699th career win.
And for the second time in four weeks, BLAST THEM AWAY (Dick Cardenas up) lowered the colours of two-time 'Horse of the Year, SAINT CECELIA, this time in the None Such Sprint over 1200 metres.