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Big Run By Perfect Neighbour
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Coming from a seemingly hopeless position at the half mile, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR stormed through in the closing stages to win the $3.6 million Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres, race No. 2 in the Supreme Ventures 2-Y-O Series, at Caymanas Park on Saturday.
Ridden by the 4.0kg claiming apprentice Orlando Foster for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR (5-1) came through on the inside rails to beat his more fancied stable-companions ROYAL VIBES, the 4-5 marginal favourite under champion jockey-designate Dane Nelson, by three-quarter length, and HOVER CRAFT (also at 4-5) with outgoing champion jockey Dick Cardenas aboard.
The unbeaten UNCLE TAF (scratched by vet at gate) was a late non-starter, reducing the field to nine.
PERFECT NEIGHBOUR was slowly away from the number nine post position and was tailed off for the first 600-metres, as the 40-1 outsider COUNTRY TRAIN led from C.C. COLQUHOUN (99-1) and ROYAL VIBES on the rails.
ROYAL VIBES took over as they swung into the straight and although racing two lengths clear a furlong out, was surprised by fast-finishing PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who exploded on the inside to give 21-year-old Foster his biggest win to date.
Owned jointly by Alfred A. Lee and Jeffrey Moredcai, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who was winning for the first time on this his fourth outing, is a bay colt by Natural Selection out of the Ghost Ransom mare Desperatehousewife. He will now be prepared for the third and final race in the series, the $4.25 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes on Boxing Day.
missed the break
Foster said PERFECT NEIGHBOUR missed the break and he had to work overtime to get him back into the race.
"I kept my cool and took him down to the rails at the half mile and steadily made up ground," explained Foster.
"I was still some way behind entering the straight, but the good thing was I saved ground on the inside and he responded well to the right hand stick," he added.
On a day when the American Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater was a guest of the promoters, Nelson rode three winners on the Supreme Ventures programme to end the day on 112 wins - 27 clear of closest rival Cardenas. He opened the programme aboard 4-5 favourite MINISTEROFJUSTICE, then followed up aboard TRADITIONAL PRINCE at 9-2 in the ninth and closed the programme aboard SUNSHINE BOY at 7-2 over the straight.
Davidan Robinson, one of the 19 apprentices who graduated from the Jockeys' School some months ago, notched his first win aboard 9-5 chance CAJUN FIDDLER in the fourth race over a mile for $180,000 claimers.
Gary Subratie and Fitzroy Glespie shared the training honours with two winners each.