Ras Emanuel upsets in Mercury Sprint
Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
The Peter McMaster-trained RAS EMANUEL made an auspicious debut at Caymanas Park yesterday, going wire to wire for a 13-1 upset in the Mercury Sprint feature over the straight for native bred three-year-old colts and geldings.
One of two winners for four-time champion jockey Omar Walker on the card, RAS EMANUEL kept on strongly in the latter stages to beat the well-backed TURBO MACHINE CAT (3-1) by 23/4 lengths. KING WITHIN (5-1) was another three-quarter length away in third, while the howling 1-2 favourite KRONUS was fourth of the 16 starters.
RAS EMANUEL is a bay colt by Burning Marque out of Pleasant Princess, bred by the trainer's wife, Elaine McMaster (Miss Suckie), who owns him as well. Neither McMaster nor his wife was present at the track to revel in the victory as both are abroad. Assistant trainer Donovan 'Quinty' Barrett, who was over the moon with the victory, said he was "extremely confident" following some eye-catching exercise gallops by the colt.
In addition to Walker and Robert Halledeen, Paul 'Country' Francis rode two winners - NOBODY BUT ME at 7-2 for trainer Eddie Hamllton and PRINCE ANDREW at 9-2 - in the inaugural running of the Allan E. 'Billy' Williams Memorial Trophy over 1400 metres, the latter closing out a double for trainer Neive Graham and popular owner O'Shaun Connection.