Father Patrick slams rivals at Caymanas Park
Jockey Omar Walker was aboard Father Patrick.
FATHER PATRICK reproduced his form from last week, a strong second to stablemate MAHOGANY, to stamp his class on eight rivals, holding off late-running DUKE by three-quarter length at six and a half furlongs on Saturday at Caymanas Park.
Partnered by Omar Walker, FATHER PATRICK stalked pacesetters BALTUSROL and TRULY AMAZING before attacking three-wide coming off the home turn.
DUKE ran his usual race, outsped and ridden when the pace quickened three furlongs out. Pushed to get closer entering the straight, DUKE only got the better of TRULY AMAZING near the wire by which time FATHER PATRICK was already home and dried, winning in a decent 1:19.1.
Champion rider Christopher Mamdeen, a non-claiming apprentice, booted home two winners to share riding honours with nine-pound claimer Oshane Nugent.
Mamdeen had an armchair ride aboard howling favourite, United States-bred ALHAMDULILLAH, getting off the mark at a mile in 1:39.2 by a dozen lengths, beating local-breds, non-winners of two races.
He returned to boot home fit NUCLEAR THUNDER at five furlongs straight, outfinishing POLLY B, who tried to make all in the five-furlong straight event.
Nugent opened the 11-ace card with 3-1 shot EL CLIENTE among $250,000 claimers at seven furlongs, circling rivals to hit the front at the top of the lane.
First-time runner, BABY STAR, handed Nugent his second winner, making all at five furlongs straight among maidens, four-year-olds and upwards.
Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Sunday with an 11-race card.