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Capturemyship the one to sparkle

Published:Tuesday | October 26, 2021 | 12:10 AMAinsley Walters/Gleaner Writer
CAPTUREMYSHIP (right), ridden by Anthony Thomas, wins the Tatania Trophy ahead of SPARKLE DIAMOND (centre), ridden by Shane Ellis at Caymanas Park yesterday.
CAPTUREMYSHIP (right), ridden by Anthony Thomas, wins the Tatania Trophy ahead of SPARKLE DIAMOND (centre), ridden by Shane Ellis at Caymanas Park yesterday.

COURSE-specialist CAPTUREMYSHIP yesterday used superior speed to overcome his inner-rail draw, outfinishing United States-bred SPARKLE DIAMOND in the afternoon’s overnight allowance at five furlongs straight.

Partnered by champion-jockey designate, Anthony Thomas, CAPTUREMYSHIP left stall two in the 12-horse field with cannons blazing, disputing the lead with UNKNOWN SOLDIER.

Ripping splits of 22.3 and 44.3, the speedy seven-year-old made his way to the faster stands’ side, meeting off-the-break SPARKLE DIAMOND challenging from his wide draw.

Full of running when asked to keep his challenger at bay, CAPTUREMYSHIP stayed on strongly to clock 57.4, winning by a half-length at his favourite trip.

CAPTUREMYSHIP handed Thomas a second winner on the nine-race card after snatching the third event in a driving finish aboard THUNDERSTRIKE, nailing long-time leader, ITSABEAUTIFULDAY, who tried to make all at seven furlongs.

Leading trainer Jason DaCosta and his challenger, reigning two-time champion, Anthony Nunes, saddled two winners apiece.

DaCosta landed the second for two-year-olds with 16-1 outsider, FLY MESSENGER FLY, who was kept wide of runners and out of trouble by female rider, Abigail Able, avoiding multiple instances of interference, which resulted in the disqualification of second-past-the-post BABYLIKE.

In the fourth, DaCosta’s United States-bred I AM FRED proved his previous run was an off-day, outclassing rivals at seven furlongs, after his September 22 hat-trick bid was marred by a third-place finish behind DADDY JONES, who he beat into fourth with a fast-time win in 1:32.4.

Nunes, keeping DaCosta honest in the trainers’ stakes championship, grabbed his two-timer on the back end of the card, even-money favourite BIG PAUL in the seventh and MAGICAL MOOD in the nightpan, outfinishing 4-5 favourite MUM, who tried to make all at five and a half but ran out of steam inside the last half-furlong.

Racing continues on Saturday.

ainsley.walters@gleanerjm.com