Shyana triumphs in feature
Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
SHYANA, running as the marginal 2-1 favourite with Paul Francis aboard, returned from a five-month respite to win the annual renewal of the Jockeys' Guild of Jamaica Trophy over 1400 metres ahead of fellow 2-1 chance GOLDEN IMAGE at Caymanas Park yesterday.
The 4-y-o chestnut filly from the stables of rookie trainer Rohan Gordon led narrowly from GOLDEN IMAGE under former champion jockey Shane Ellis in a maximum field of 16 (non-winners of two), before asserting her authority on entering the straight to beat GOLDEN IMAGE by three lengths.
Despite the lengthy absence, the Royal Minister-Timeless Rose offspring really looked the part at exercise last Sunday morning when galloping seven furlongs in 1:30.0., a winning work as far as her connections were concerned. SHYANA is owned by her trainer and bred by Derrick Brandt.
The well-supported 12-race programme to mark the annual Jockeys' Guild raceday also facilitated the 13th running of the Al Gopie Memorial Cup over the straight-five course (4-y-o and up maidens), run in two divisions.
In Division I, the little-fancied debutante, YOU CAN DANCE (made most), with Carlton Malcolm riding for trainer Welsh Soutar, scored a 41-1 upset over the howling 3-5 favourite GREEN BERET, who hurt his chances by being slowly away. And in Division II, victory went to the consistent filly BURNING CLEARANCE (4-1), with Aaron Chatrie riding for owner/trainer/breeder Carl Anderson.
On a day when leading jockey Dane Nelson failed to ride a winner while Ellis and reigning champion Dick Cardenas had two each, the Visalus-sponsored 300-relay run for jockeys, agents and valets (contested by five teams) was won by the team of Arthur Budhu, Kevoy Moore and Dane Nelson on the anchor leg. They received $18,000.