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Runaway win for Mr Universe

Published:Saturday | June 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMAinsley Walters
MR UNIVERSE (Gary Richards) wins the 23rd running of the 1200 metres Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Stakes Trophy race by 10 lengths at Caymanas Park yesterday.

MR UNIVERSE was in a world by himself, sprinting to an 11-length uncontested victory in yesterday's six-furlong Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at Caymanas Park.

The four-year-old chestnut colt made a mockery of the 11-horse field with veteran jockey Gary Richards, winning the open allowance sprint at odds of 4-5 for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta.

The speedster won his fourth race from his last six starts in impressive fashion, suggesting that his next outing at the level should be a mere formality before graduating to grade one.

MR UNIVERSE handed DaCosta back-to-back winners after 3-5 favourite MADAM SECRETARY rallied inside the last half-furlong with champion jockey Omar Walker to win the 1100-metre Leslie McRae Memorial.

DaCosta's double took him further away from his challenger in the trainers' championship, Anthony Nunes, whose lone winner on the 11-race card was 9-1 outsider MUSKETOON with Wesley Henry in the fifth event.

Racing continues on Saturday with the big Jamaica Derby meet.