Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Running on strongly over the final 100 metres, JAVINE - at odds of 17-1 - got up in the nick of time to beat REIGN OF DESTINY by a neck in the Titania Trophy feature over 1100 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Ridden by Richard 'Bya' Mitchell for trainer Fitzgerald Richards, JAVINE found herself outpaced into the straight as the 7-5 favourite WARRIOR PRINCESS, under leading jockey Dane Nelson, led under pressure from highly-fancied SHAMROCK (2-1) with title-chasing jockey Omar Walker and DOUBLE DE CAT (5-2) close up.
The lead was to change hands three times, however, with DOUBLE DE CAT circling WARRIOR PRINCESS entering the straight and she, in turn, giving way to REIGN OF DESTINY on the inside midway the last furlong. In the end, she just failed to stave off the fast-finishing JAVINE on the outside.
Following a stewards' inquiry, WARRIOR PRINCESS, who passed the post 11/2 lengths third, was disqualified for causing interference to the fifth horse JOYFUL RAKOTA (5-1) a furlong out, and placed behind her in the nine-strong field.
Bred by many-time champion breeder Henry Jaghai, JP, JAVINE, a 3-y-o bay filly by Legal Process out of the Footloose II mare Lady Madras, was notching her second win from 18 starts. She had previously won on July 17 over 1300 metres with Walker aboard.
Meanwhile, with three racedays remaining in 2013, the race for both the jockeys and owners' championships are still up in the air, despite the fact that reigning champion Dane Nelson rode two winners in 7-5 favourite SWEET TRAIL (made most), who held off highly fancied GO GO YVONNE in the open allowance mile; and DI COBRE (closed rapidly) at 5-1 in the sixth race over 1100 metres.
Both won in driving finishes to push 'The Warrior Chief', as Nelson is popularly called, to 108 wins following Saturday's three-timer - four clear of Walker, who produced BOSTRESS (6-1), with a late run to win the second race over 1100 metres by a head.
The owners' championship between long-time leader Wilbert Bagwandeen and challenger Carlton Watson remained tight after Bagwandeen's horse MAMA BLOSSOM won on Saturday; and Watson replying with SWEET TRAIL yesterday, also securing third and fourth places with DEO VOLENTE and DOUBLE THE HONEY in that race.