Wednesday 27th December, 2006

 

Jadoo goes Straight Ahead in Gold Cup

 
 
 
 
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BY KELVIN N

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 year’s winner Top of the Class.

Jadoo was also astride top two-year-old colt Luca’s 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 Ann’s 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 headed.

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 winner’s 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 O’Brien 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 Luca’s Gold until running on too strongly for his rivals in the final 200 metres to win by 1 1/4 lengths.

Luca’s 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 Ann’s 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 day’s leading rider with two wins while O’Brien saddled three winners.

Racing continues on New Year’s Day with the running of the feature Sian’s Gold Sprint over 1,100 metres on the turf.

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