Perfect Neighbour proves a cut above rivals in open allowance race
PERFECT NEIGHBOUR on Wednesday outclassed open allowance rivals at his favourite distance, nine furlongs and 25 yards, while leading rider, apprentice Anthony Thomas posted a three-timer on the 10-race card, moving 27 winners clear of Panamanian Dick Cardenas.
Carrying topweight 126lb, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR was held off the pace down the backstretch by Omar Walker while LIGHTNING LILY chased JAMAI RAJA.
PERFECT NEIGHBOUR went past JAMAI RAJA three and a half furlongs out, before attacking LIGHTNING LILY coming off the home turn. LIGHTNING LILY gave way to PERFECT NEIGHBOUR a furlong out as the far-striding gelding moved away to win in a time of 1:56.1.
Meanwhile, Thomas had earlier opened the card with victory astride 6-5 chance ICE ICE BABY for trainer Dwight Chen, who also won the seventh with 1-5 favourite SIMPLY OUTRAGEOUS.
The hot apprentice's second winner was Errol Waugh's KINGSWOOD at even-money in the third before 1-2 favourite CRUCIAL APPEAL closed his three-timer in a driving finish over POLLY B and SMOKEY TOPAZ in the fifth.
Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday.