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'Bruce' beaten in T&T

Published:Monday | March 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM

ARIMA, Trinidad (CMC):

The four-year-old colt Cactus Amour produced a riveting performance in the Arima Race Club Cup on Saturday to snap Bruceontheloose's sensational winning streak on Saturday.

Ridden by champion jockey Ricky Jadoo, the US-bred Cactus Amour won the TT$150,000 (US$23,400) event by a length, handing the Jamaica-bred heavy 1-to-5 favourite, Bruceontheloose, his first defeat in seven starts at Santa Rosa Park.

The Glenn Mendez-trained Cactus Amour, runner-up to Bruceon-theloose in the FCB Gold Cup last December, exacted his revenge on the 2009 Horse of the Year when he outran the grey colt in a stirring homestretch duel to win the 1,800-metre event at odds of 5-2.

The re-enactment of the 2009 Gold Cup show began leaving the backstretch when Bruceontheloose quickened to lead under multiple champion Brian Harding, and Cactus Amour moved with him and went ahead marginally.

Futile run

The pair motored clear of the field and had some 10 lengths on Raging Halo, as Blackstone Street began a futile run at the leaders.

Cactus Amour, with an impost of 49.5 kilogrammes, was surprisingly stronger than Bruceontheloose in deep stretch and after the rousing battle, outgunned Bruceontheloose, who shouldered 52.5 kilos. Cactus Amour registered a winning time of 1:52.00 for the trip and dented Bruceon-theloose's aura of invincibility.