Marvellous Marva wins Mark My Word Trophy
MARVELLOUS MARVA on Wednesday lasted home by a head from HOVER CRAFT to win the 1820-metre Mark My Word Trophy with female apprentice Mellisa Ward aboard.
Ward got the better of six-time champion jockey Omar Walker, repaying trainer Philip Feanny's confidence in handing her the biggest ride of her career.
MARVELLOUS MARVA dictated the pace down the backstretch and kicked on a half-mile out, leaving HOVER CRAFT behind.
Shaken by Ward, MARVELLOUS MARVA straightened two lengths clear of UNCLE TAF and responded well when asked to run.
HOVER CRAFT came with a late charge down along the rail, inside the final half-furlong but found MARVELLOUS MARVA resolute on the lead.
Meanwhile, LOOSE CANNON, a February 10 claim, for $550,000, upset rivals at odds of 9-1 on his second start for trainer Errol Waugh in the 1200-metre Labour Day Trophy.
The four-year-old chestnut colt made all in a fast 1:12.2 to give veteran jockey Talbert Howell his first winner back on local soil after migrating to the United States.
Anthony Nunes won back-to-back races, STRIKE IT LUCKY and KJ EXPRESS in the ninth and 10th races, respectively, cutting DaCosta's lead atop the trainers' standings to approximately $600,000.
Shane Ellis was the day's top jock, booting home two winners, LAWS OF THE CODE and SURE STEP, but remained nine adrift leading rider, apprentice Anthony Thomas, who kept his strike rate going with a smooth victory with HOLOGRAM SHADOW in the fifth.