It's Forever Mine
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
The 6-5 marginal favourite FOREVER MINE romped the round five feature for overnight allowance horses at Caymanas Park yesterday to record his eighth win from 38 career starts.
Ridden by champion apprentice Doushane Gordon for trainer and part-owner Neive Graham, the five-year-old gelding was pushed to dispute the early lead with highly fancied FIRST TIME LUCKY under former champion jockey Wesley Henry in a field of five, before opening up leaving the 300-metre pole, after which the issue was never in doubt.
The five-year-old dark bay gelding by Alisos out of Meant To Be moved away from FIRST TIME LUCKY and 6-5 chance THE GUARDIAN to win by 2 1/2 lengths from the late-closing NEW KINGSTON (5-1) with THE GUARDIAN plodding home in third. Graham, who co-owns FOREVER MINE with Lenward Chambers, said he was confident going into the race.
"He led a good field of open allowance horses when finishing a close second to MINISTEROFJUSTICE on February 20 and back over the round course, it was his race to lose at these weights," said the trainer.
Graham recalled that when the horse was claimed some months ago, it was said he had a joint problem. "But I discovered that it was really a shoulder problem and having rectified it, the horse has won three races under my care."
Meanwhile, the stewards struck for the second consecutive raceday, disqualifying first past the post, the 4-5 favourite JUNIOR MINISTER (Shane Ellis up) after he came home five lengths clear of 4-1 chance THE DIPLOMAT.
JUNIOR MINISTER was placed last for causing interference to the outsider INDY QUEEN at the 600-metre point and the race was awarded to the Philip Feanny-trained THE DIPLOMAT, with Paul Francis aboard. Significantly, 14-time champion Feanny also got a race in the Stewards' Room last Wednesday when SOMETHING DOING was promoted following the disqualification of MR JIM CEE.