Kay Sue upsets in Harrison Mem feature
Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
KAY SUE, offering odds of 11-1 with champion apprentice Shamaree Muir aboard, ran on strongly in the last furlong to win the annual renewal of the Henry George Harrison Sr Memorial Cup feature over 1300 metres at Caymaas Park yesterday from the fast-finishing 23-1 shot OH MY GRAND PA.
Never far off the pace as JUSTICE RHOODAL (10-1) led at a fast clip from JUST LIKE EMMA and highly fancied GRAN CORAZON, KAY SUE turned for home within striking distance of the leader.
Although drifting out when closing on the leader approaching the distance, KAY SUE was driven past JUSTICE RHOODAL midway the last furlong, holding on by three-quarter length from the grey gelding OH MY GRANDPA, closing late to pip JUSTICE RHOODAL for second.
The 9-5 favourite RAJ RAPOOR ran below expectations to finish out of the money, as did the highly fancied pair of TOKICO (3-1) and PLAY STATION (9-2) in a field of 12.
KAY SUE is owned by KRK and trained by Gresford Smith, who felt her chances were "live" with the distance now suitable.
"She had worked fairly well for the race and my only concern is whether she would leave the gates promptly," said Smith, a second-generation trainer who is popularly called 'Greasy'. "Today, she came away in good order to race in touch and leaving the half mile, I knew then she would be hard to beat," he added.
KAY SUE is a 4-y-o chestnut filly by Burning Marque out of Psyche, bred by Dr Aston Marsh. This was her second win from 17 lifetime starts.
Earlier, in the afternoon, PRINCESS SHINE (9-1) came from last position (rapid headway) to win the ninth race for $550,000 - $500,000 claiming horses, over 1600 metres, in decisive fashion. Ridden by the apprentice O'Brien White for owner/trainer Fitzroy Glispie, PRINCESS SHINE stormed through widest of all leaving the furlong pole to win by 1-1/2 lengths from MISS BOSS LADY (3-1) and AGAKHAN (7-1) in a field of nine.
On a day when Muir, along with jockey Shane Ellis and trainer Anthony Nunes, shared the honours with two winners each, 6-5 favourite GRANDE MARQUE, ridden by Odeen Edwards in Indian style after losing his irons, and I'M A BELIEVER at 9-1 with Kemoy Parchment aboard, won the respective sections of the CTL Exercise Riders' Race over 800 metres straight.