Nelson boots home a triple
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Champion jockey Dane Nelson got off to a flying start in newly introduced CTL monthly incentive scheme for jockeys, owners, trainers and grooms at Caymanas Park yesterday with three winners on the 11-race programme, including 3-5 favourite FRANFIELD in the overnight allowance race over a mile.
The incentive scheme offers a cash prize of $20,000 to the jockey with the most winners each month, $30,000 to the most successful trainer, $5,000 plus accessories from L.P. Azar Limited to the groom of the month, and 20 bags of feed to the owner having most winners each month.
At the end of the year, the owner, trainer, jockey and groom with most winners overall, along with the runners in each category, will earn lucrative money, ranging from $250,000 to the owner, $150,000 to the top trainer, jockey $100,000 and groom $50,000.
CTL, along with sponsors such as L.P. Azar Limited, Cal's Manufacturing, Burger King, Peak Bottling, O&S Distributors and HAM Stables Limited, to name a few, said the promotion is designed to increase competition among horsemen, improve the public awareness, while offering great opportunities to showcase sponsors and their products to Jamaicans.
On a day when new dancehall sensation Gully Bop provided a treat for thousands of racing fans in a performance after the last race, Nelson not only won aboard the Richard Azan-trained four-year-old colt FRANFIELD, but MONALISAMILE at 5-1 for trainer Anthony Nunes and 1-5 favourite MOM'S STUDENT, who captured the three-year-old maiden condition race for fillies over 1100 metres for trainer Fitzroy Glispie by the resounding margin of 161/2 lengths in post-to-post fashion.
Nelson thus pushed his early season tally to eight wins to be joint second with Shane Ellis and Omar Walker, one behind leading jockey Robert Halledeen, who rode one winner, CAMOUFLAGE (made all), for his guv'nor Wayne DaCosta in the opening three-year-old race for maidens. Aaron Chatrie rode two winners in 39-1 outsider WINESHA for trainer Devon Vanriel in the fifth race over 1100 metres for the Millard Ziadie Cup (claiming $350,000-$300,000), the five-year-old mare closing rapidly on the rails a furlong out, and the Gary Subratie-trained BOLD AVIATOR at 5-2 in the third race over 1400 metres.
FRANFIELD, who was racing for the first time since finishing a close fourth in the Gold Cup over 1400 metres on December 6, broke well from the number-one post position and made all, winning by 31/2 lengths from 5-2 second-favourite HOVER CRAFT in the good time of 1:38.0 for the mile.