Another Bullet stuns them
TRAINER Patrick Lynch's ANOTHER BULLET yesterday scored a stunning 11-1 upset at Caymanas Park, convincingly beating eight open-allowance rivals at 1100 metres, including 2015 Sprint champion POKER STAR.
Coming into the event on the back of two strong performances, both at a mile, the last being a stubborn defeat against 2000 Guineas winner FEARLESS SAMURAI on April 29, inform ANOTHER BULLET was overlooked at the shorter distance.
However, the sprinter-stayer showed his rivals no respect, swooping down four wide on the battling trio of TALENTED TONY K, KING D and POLLY B at the top of the lane.
Running super light at 49.0 kilos with two-kilo claiming apprentice Odeen Edwards, ANOTHER BULLET powered off the turn and kicked in his mid-race pace, leaving the short-speed sprinters running for second.
The race was not without incident as a lengthy stewards' enquiry resulted in the disqualification of third-past-the-post CRUCIAL APPEAL, who had broadsided 1-4 favourite POKER STAR shortly after leaving the gate.
POKER STAR, who finished fourth, was promoted to third behind CHACE THE GREAT, who passed the post second, but was lucky to escape disqualification after crossing stablemate CRUCIAL APPEAL in mid-track near the end of the race.
Though POKER STAR had a rough reintroduction, it wasn't all doom and gloom for trainer Wayne DaCosta, who watched RADICAL score a fighting victory over WESTERN WARRIOR at 10 furlongs in the I'msatisfied Trophy.
The three-year-old gelding went into chase of speedy WESTERN WARRIOR from three furlongs out and outbattled him in the stretch run to win in 2:09.3 with stable jockey Omar Walker astride.
ANOTHER BULLET was among a stinging trio of outsiders to rock punters at the back end of the 10-race card.
TAZ, running for the second time, made all from postposition one at five furlongs straight in the eighth race, winning at odds of 16-1 with Oneil Mullings.
After ANOTHER BULLET's shocker in the ninth, ABOGADO stormed past 14-1 shot KACI a furlong out to win the 10th at 16-1 with apprentice Javaniel Patterson.
The two-kilo claiming apprentice had a second winner, COLORS OF WAR in the sixth, joining Shane Ellis as the day's leading riders.
Ellis opened the programme with CONNOR and returned to make all aboard Richard Azan's debutante, SWEET PEPPA, in the fourth, a maiden event for three-year-old fillies.
Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday.