Friday 22 November, 2019

DaCosta wins 13 straight trainers' title; Thomas is champion jockey

Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta.

Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta.

STRANGER DANGER romped Saturday's Sweet Ruckus Trophy by 16 lengths, handing Wayne DaCosta an 18th trainers' title and his 13th straight at Caymanas Park.

DaCosta, who started the day $1.57m clear of Anthony Nunes, opened the 11-race card with UNBREAKABLE before STRANGER DANGER, with Anthony Thomas aboard, earning $546,000, plus a trophy valued at $25,000, pushing the champion trainer $649,800 clear of Nunes, who logged a four-timer - BRUCE WAYNE, TOONA CILIATA, ORPHEUS and ADONIS.

Nunes' Stephan Narinesingh maintained his advantage over DaCosta's Carlton Watson to reclaim the owners' championship by $1.2m after starting the day $1.08m ahead.

STRANGER DANGER handed Thomas' his first jockeys' title, his 96th winner of the season, 11 ahead of Panamanian Dick Cardenas.

Dane Nelson was the leading rider with three winners. Nelson won with KEY WITNESS in the seventh at even-money, ADONIS, a chance ride in the eighth at 6-5 and 9-2 chance ANOTHER VIGOROUS, outfinishing the favourite, HILLY'S HALO, in the seven-furlong Gladiator Trophy.

Shane Ellis had two winners. Ellis was aboard TOONA CILIATA in the Royal Lancaster Trophy for two-year-olds and returned to easily guide home ORPHEUS.

Racing starts a new year next Tuesday, with a nine-race card featuring the New Year's Day Trophy, the $1m McKay Security Trophy for $180,000 claimers and the Fan Appreciation Day Trophy for overnight allowance runners.


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