Wednesday 15 July, 2020

The day belonged to apprentice riders Christopher Mamdeen, Reyan Lewis

Christopher Mamdeen and Reyan Lewis each rode three-timers at Caymanas Park on Saturday, making the top-two positions in the jockeys' standings the domain of apprentice riders.

Mamdeen jumped to 35 winners, four ahead of Lewis, who started the day joint second on 28 with six-time former champion, Omar Walker, before moving to a clear second on 31 with victory astride 3-5 favourite, NUCLEAR LAVA in the eighth event at nine furlongs and 25 yards.

The in-form apprentices won six of the first nine events, Mamdeen opening the 13-race card aboard 3-5 favourite PRINCE SAMMO at five furlongs straight.

Lewis won the third and fourth races with CUE THREE and WAR HERO, respectively. Mamdeen landed the seventh, astride 4-5 favourite, VIRTUOSO, to beat MSMYRTLERICHIEGIRL.

Lewis closed his three-timer aboard course-specialist NUCLEAR LAVA, taking over from JACKO LINKS at the top of the lane at nine furlongs and 25 yards in the eighth.

Mamdeen prompted the pace with CHIEF Of STATE before taking over from NUCLEAR THUNDER and POLLY FLYER three furlongs out to run away from rivals in the straight at odds of 9-5.

Meanwhile, champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and jockey Philip Parchment combined to strike with UNCLE FRANK at odds of 13-1, after teaming up to win last week's Jamaica Oaks with PRINCESS ANNIE.

One of four runners for DaCosta in the 16-horse field, UNCLE FRANK missed the break from post-position six but got an open run along the rail and stayed clear of bumping rivals in the stretch to run past MY SISTER a furlong out.



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