SOCA RHAPSODY scored with such ease on her debut, that steelpan maestro Ray Holman, although being a mere spectator, was given the honour of leading her into the winner’s enclosure.
She now moves from maiden to Stakes in today’s 1,350-metre Republic Mortgages St Ann’s Stakes at Santa Rosa Park, and will do the “conducting” of her other four opponents in the $150,000 Grade One fillies’ division from a very long way off.
The manner in which this filly scored on her debut and her recorded time (1:09), which was faster than the time returned by the imported juveniles on the same afternoon, plus the14 3/4 lengths margin of victory eased down, has been impressive. The Anthony Nunes runner is a classy filly, and should give leading rider Wilmer Galviz a rocking chair ride to increase his lead on defending champion Brian Boodramsingh, who is two wins adrift.
The runner-up slot should be filled by Princess Reiko with Gold Strike completing the trifecta.
In the 1,350-metre Republic Online St James Stakes—the colts and geldings division—Momentum and Dark Treasure put their unbeaten tag on the line. Both scored authoritatively on their debuts, but the edge could go to Momentum, who beat a winner in Eye See You in the 1,300-metre Nursery Stakes in a good 1:19.1 by 7 1/2 lengths.
He leaves from the dreaded one-gate in the nine-horse contest with Boodramsingh, who will need to win this race to keep his hopes of regaining his jockey’s title alive.
The Jamaica-bred bay colt owned by Dr Rupert Indar jnr, and trained by John O’Brien looks like something extraordinary, and the one-gate should not be any problem.
T&T-bred Dark Treasure on the other hand, trained by Glenn Mendez, scored by 11 lengths eased down with Galviz aboard, and looked very inexperienced. He beat a poor bunch of maidens in that race, and will not have things that easy this time around. Galviz retains the ride, but Dark Treasure does not have the class of Momentum. Eye See You, who was beaten by Momentum in the Nursery Stakes should again follow Momentum home on the ten-race holiday card, which gets underway at 11 a.m.