READBETWEENDLINES turned back the clock and brought the Labour Day holiday crowd to life in turning back the challenge of J’Ouvert in yesterday’s 1,800-metre Arima Race Club Cup at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
The six-year-old chestnut son of Consolidator/Waterwild, owned by the Bentley Boys (sons of Junior Sammy) and ridden by veteran Ricky Jadoo for trainer GlennMendez, was sent off as the 5/1 second choice.
Winless for more than two years, but knocking on the door for some time, finally made it big, scoring by a head over J’Ouvert. Bigman In Town (favourite) was third followed by Crime Of Passion and Lang Amour, in that order. The winning time was 1:52.3 for the route.
Taking up the running from J’Ouvert leaving the gates, Jadoo set a sedate pace of 25.1 and a half-mile in 49.2, before increasing his lead up front. Then he gave his mount a breather as he reached the 1,200-metre pole in a time of 1:13.3.
And this is where the race started to take shape as J’Ouvert closed in on the leaders while Bigman In Town, third for most of the way, was extricated from the rails to challenge. Readbetweendlines, although collared by J’Ouvert entering the homestretch, was not going down to his younger opponent.
And they eyeballed each other as they battled down the stretch to the delight of the appreciative crowd. Readbetweendlines responded to Jadoo’s right-handed whip, and kept finding that extra, repelling J’Ouvert, who had to settle for runner-up berth in the $150,000 feature.
In the inaugural running of the 1,350-metre Carnival Messiah Stakes, 1/9 favourite Headline News scored unchallenged by 11 lengths from Pot of Gold, Chase The Dragon, and Gold Rush in a fast 1:19.4, to complete a superfecta sweep in the $125,000 for trainer John O’Brien.
Partnered by Nobel Abrego, Headline News set a torrid pace — 23.4; 46.4; 1.10.3 — and closed off in a fast 1:19.4. He came home alone, in the process surpassing $600,000 in career earnings.
Once again racing on the turf got proceedings underway, as maiden Born To Run, owned by Shivam Maharaj, got better of favourite Natural Justice. The second race also on the turf went to the Harold Chadee-trained 6/5 favourite, Bandwagon. The gelding, ridden by Dane Nelson, scored very easily from Purple Touch in a good 1:32 in the 1,500-metre handicap.
And three-year-old importation, Carbon Fiber, trained by Glenn Mendez, maintained his unbeaten tag with a comfortable success for the SIR Stable, in taking the 1,350-metre race in a fast 1:21.
And Nelson brought down the curtain for Chadee with a superb ride aboard 6/5 favourite, A Great Moment, to record his third win on the card. Racing continues Saturday with the running of the 1,750-metre Gleneagle Stakes.