Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Bergeron Rodeo takes feature in style

BERGERON RODEO, sent off at a handsome 3/1, ran out a very easy winner in yesterday’s feature 1,750-metre race for three-year-old and over horses rated 90-60 at Santa Rosa Park.

The three-year-old bay son of Successful Appeal/No Stopping owned by Aga Stables and ridden by Nigel Flavenney for trainer Shaffique Khan, scored by  4 1/4 lengths from Prince Zeshan, Lang Amour and Free Passage in a time of 1:50.2 on a sloppy track.

Smartly away from the one-gate, he was joined by King Whistler and they separated themselves from the other five runners. Midway up the backstretch, Flavenney wisely took back Bergeron Rodeo, leaving King Whistler at the head of affairs. However, as they approached the final 600 metres,  Bergeron Rodeo was joined by Free Passage against the rails, and Prince Zeshan on his outside. They went after the leader who began to feel the effects of his early exertion.  

Bergeron Rodeo responded to his rider’s urging, and he sailed clear of his pursuers, leaving the other horses queuing up behind. 

The race was on for the runner-up slot, which Prince Zeshan secured comfortably ahead of Lang Amour. It was a noteworthy performance from Bergeron Rodeo, who will definitely improve further.

The turf track which needed the rain,  did benefit from showers yesterday, but the record six races scheduled for that surface were switched to the main track yesterday.

In overcast conditions, the nine-race card got underway, with maiden Super Easy taking the opener which was listed for the turf, but moved to the main course, which was sloppy.

It was a day in which fortunes fluctuated for favourites backers. They were off to a running start in the opener with odds-on favourite Super Easy, trained by Bobby Persad. After that however, they took a beating, that even the Arima downpour could not wash away.

Trainer Derick Mosca’s Slippery Sam-winless for more than a year--came good in the third race, which was moved from the turf to the main track. Under Stanley Chadee, the gelding tracked early leader Uncle Norman, and took up the running a long way out from Uncle Norman, who when switched from the outside, came very close to turning in his maiden certificate.

In the second race, again moved from the turf, Jamaica-bred Plum Plum, trained by Harold Chadee scored a minor upset with veteran rider Ricky Jadoo, defeating stablemate Harry Could Dance.

Young apprentice, Roosevolt Angnoo also won many admirers with his forceful gate-to-wire success aboard trainer Stephen Jardim’s Golden Enchantment, who held on determinedly from 3/5 favourite Goliath’s Boy, who threw away his chances by not keeping a straight course in the fourth race over 1,750 metres. 

In the fifth race, veteran Ryan Thomas hustled out seven-year-old Precious Diamond from the gates  to score unchallenged with his enterprising tactics, while in the sixth race, Little Otis came with a wet sail from his one-gate draw to catch long-time leader Queen Esther very close to home. 

Meanwhile, 10-year-old old-stager Seal The Deal came alive with youngster Joey Reyes in the closing stages of yesterday’s 1,100-metre event for horses rated 40-0 which was written for the turf, but moved to the main track. 

Seal The Deal split the pacesetting favourite Justmuyluck and second favourite Lady Sage in deep stretch to  give trainer Richard Stephen and owner Shivam Maharaj their first success in the seventh race.

Racing action is expected to continue next Saturday with a possible ten-race card. • See Page 63