Typewriter to headline July 7 Boom St Leger
The recent Derby winner TYPEWRITER will put his unbeaten record on the line in the 86th running of the Boom Jamaica St Leger, the season's final classic, to be run over 2000 metres at Caymanas Park on Saturday, July 7.
This was announced at Tuesday's launch inside the Trainers' Room at Caymanas Park by representatives of sponsors, the Wisynco Group, and Caymanas Track Limited (CTL), the promoting company.
Wisynco, who are also sponsors of the Bigga Jamaica Oaks for fillies, the season's third classic, came aboard the St Leger train for the first time last year, sponsoring the mile-and-quarter race for native-bred three-year-olds under its Boom Energy Drink banner.
It was disclosed by CTL's racing secretary, Denzil Miller Jr that the Spencer Chung-trained TYPEWRITER, who is unbeaten in four starts under his customary jockey Shane Ellis, will join 2000 Guineas winner UNCLE DONNY from the Anthony 'Baba' Nunes stables; Lotto Classic winner ALL CORRECT and Oaks heroine EXOTIC GOLD, both conditioned by champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, and the 1000 Guineas winner SHE'S TRADITIONAL from the stables of Fitzroy Glispie as leading lights in the St Leger field.
Others expected to run are AVENTURA, who finished fourth in the Derby; PHILISTIA, second in the Oaks; STAR FLYER. runner-up in the 1000 Guineas, along with the Derby fifth D'ANGEL, RAGING PROSPECT, TIMEFORARMS and SIRMANDI.
The Wisynco Group has donated $1.75 million to the Boom St Leger Raceday from which $1 million will go directly to the $3.9 million St Leger purse. The remaining $750,000 will be divided and added to the purses of the other nine races on the programme.
Wisynco sales supervisor, Troy Gauntlet, said he was more than happy with the initial promotion last year, when the unbeaten COMMANDING CHIEF romped the Boom St Leger.
"We look forward to our second year of participation with another pleasing crowd attendance," he said. "We have included in our planning our valued consumers and the patrons who have contributed to the existence of thoroughbred racing in Jamaica.
"Boom Energy drink will be on hand at affordable rates to energise the crowd as we expect to have a fun-filled day of giveaways and other activities for all to enjoy," he added.