Dawkins dominates with four-timer
LEADING JOCKEY Dane Dawkins ran amock with a four-timer on yesterday’s 10-race card at Caymanas Park including 23-1 outsider PRINCE MARSHALL in the Betmakers Holiday Bonanza Trophy race at a mile.
Bidding for his first riders’ title, Dawkins’ four-timer pushed him four clear of champion rider Anthony Thomas in their see-saw battle atop the standings.
Thomas, whose live mounts have plunged since parting ways with champion-trainer elect Jason DaCosta, managed one winner, 4-5 favourite BABYLIKE in the fourth event.
Aboard PRINCE MARSHALL, Dawkins raced eighth off the pace being set by 2-5 favourite BLUE VINYL, who was being hounded by a posse of horses after slipping past BIG BIG DADDY at the half-mile marker.
Running his fourth race in five weeks, the last being a herculean effort at six furlongs last Sunday against United States-bred I’VE GOT MAGIC, BLUE VINYL failed to quicken off the turn while under pressure from POSITIVE ID on the outside and rail-running CURLIN’S AFFAIR.
POSITIVE ID and CURLIN’S AFFAIR overhauled a weary BLUE VINYL a furlong and a half out, appearing to have the race between them before a wound-up PRINCE MARSHALL started his charge wide of rivals.
POSITIVE ID pulled off from CURLIN’S AFFAIR and was stealing home under Reyan Lewis when Dawkins set down PRINCE MARSHALL for a surging last half-furlong run, winning by three-quarter length.
Dawkins, who won the previous race aboard Gary Subratie’s 5-2 chance, ALL FOR LOVE, earlier won aboard favourites SISTREN TREASURE and NORTHERN LADY in the fourth and fifth races, respectively.
Racing continues this afternoon with a nine-race card.