Champion jockey Nelson on fire
Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Champion jockey Dane Nelson followed up last Sunday's four-timer with five winners at Caymanas Park yesterday to move past arch-rival Dick Cardenas in their private duel for the jockeys' championship.
His winners were EAZY STEPPING at 2-1 for trainer Ralph Roberts in the second race for maiden five-year-olds and up over 1100 metres, 4-5 favourite SAINT THERESA for trainer Donovan Thompson in the third over 1200 metres, BATIDOR DE MUNDO at 7-1 for trainer Rowan Mathie in the fifth over 1820 metres, as well as 8-5 favourite LAPTOP in the seventh over 1500 metres and 4-5 favourite FRANFIELD in the seventh over a mile, both for trainer Richard Azan.
As a result of his latest windfall, Nelson, 71 wins, has overtaken Cardenas (69 wins) who managed only one winner in 9-5 favourite LORD CHEPSO in the closing race over 1500 metres for maiden three-year-olds.
The Patrick Lynch-trained LORD CHEPSO, who took over from early leader NO MONEY FRIEND approaching the home turn, held off Nelson's mount BIGMAN TING (2-1) for the victory, denying Nelson a sixth winner.
Meanwhile, 6-5 favourite MILITARY MOVE, ridden by leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths for trainer Lawrence Freemantle, streaked away from rivals approaching the distance to win 3-y-o and up overnight allowance feature for the Kenneth Mattis O.D. Trophy over 2000 metres.
Prominently placed in third as CLASSY PROSPECT (7-2), with Cardenas up, made most ahead of RAGING PROSPECT (2-1) in a six-horse field, MILITARY MOVE went by CLASSY PROSPECT from the 600-metre marker and after turning for home with ROYAL VIBES (9-2) looming into contention on the inside, moved away to win by four lengths from 6-1 chance, the late-closing PRINCESS SHINE.
Owned by the Real Lucky Star, MILITARY MOVE, who has been a model of consistency, recorded his second win from eight starts this season and his eighth from 37 starts lifetime and $4.4 million in stakes.
"He's a genuine horse who usually runs best when fresh and given a copybook ride by Griifiths, who has won with him before, it was smooth sailing in the latter stages," said Freemantle whose stable has been enjoying good form.
Meanwhile, Richard Azan (Laptop, Franfield) and in-form Patrick 'Wacky' Lynch (Tashara, Lord Chepso) shared the training honours with two winners each on a day when seven favourites obliged.