Former champion jockey Ricky Jadoo rounded off the 2006 racing
season in style, making all the running in true Jadoo
style, to win the feature Guardian Holdings Gold Cup
aboard Straight Ahead, in front of a capacity holiday crowd
yesterday at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
Jadoo steered the Kenneth De Silva (jnr) trained three-year-old
colt, to a 1 1/2 length victory over Uram who had another
2 1/2 lengths to spare ahead of last years winner Top
of the Class.
Jadoo was also astride top two-year-old colt Lucas Gold
in the Grade Two Guardian Life St James Stake over 1,350 metres
but had to settle for second behind Oui That Lucky.
He also missed out in the St Anns Stakes when outsider
Foreign Connection was second to favourite September D Sixth.
However, Jadoo, who was champion jockey in 2004, opted to
take Straight Ahead, to the front from the off and was never
Going to the far turn, Straight Ahead went five lengths clear
with Suave Runner, Hello Yankee, Top Of The Class and Super
Grey all being ridden to keep in touch.
At this point, favourite Crown Point and Richard Dos Ramos
had thrown in the towel, much to the disappointment of trainer
Glenn Mendez and the hundreds of punters who had backed it.
However, second favourite Uram began a promising run.
As the horses swung into the homestretch, Jadoo maintained
his advantage as the crowd roared in anticipation of a close
contest from a fast finishing Uram.
But Jadoo kept the Antonio Navarro owned son of Straight Man/M.S
Gripsholm up to his task in the final 200 metres and he repelled
the challenge of Uram to give trainer De Silva and owner Navarro
their first victory in the event.
Top of The Class stayed on for third ahead of Hello Yankee
which finished fourth. The winners time was 2:06.61
Oui That Lucky established himself as the best two-year old
colt in training by giving trainer champion trainer and leading
trainer of the John OBrien his fourth success in the
St James Stakes.
The Olympus Stable owned horse recorded his first success
in three starts. Oui That Lucky was confidently ridden by
Wilmer Galviz who failed by one winner to catch new champion
jockey Nela Mohammed.
Galviz tracked the pace-setting Lucas Gold until running
on too strongly for his rivals in the final 200 metres to
win by 1 1/4 lengths.
Lucas Gold stayed on for second with Some Like It Hot
back in third. Oui That Lucky recorded the good time of 1:24.28
for the 1,350 metres trip.
The Maniram Maharaj-bred brown filly September D Sixth, which
has run with distinction in both her starts, created quite
a stir, when she took the St Anns Stakes in commanding
fashion by 7 1/4 lengths from Foreign Connection.
The daughter of Unzipped/Indian Music showed that she had
improved sufficiently to win for Maharaj in the Grade Two
event over 1,350 metres. Always tracking the leaders, September
D Sixth cruised to the leaders at the corner before bolting
home in a time of 1:23.61 which was nearly a second faster
than the boys.
The most eye-catching performance of the day came in the Home
Guard Imported Maiden Stakes when the Christopher Prime-trained
two-year-old Film Director destroyed the opposition, winning
by 10 3/4 lengths in the good time of 1:18.66 .
Galviz was the days leading rider with two wins while
OBrien saddled three winners.
Racing continues on New Years Day with the running of
the feature Sians Gold Sprint over 1,100 metres on the