Tuesday 10 December, 2019

Suspended Anthony Thomas gets reprieve to ride on St Leger Day

Leading rider, apprentice Anthony Thomas, having missed last Saturday’s meet at Caymanas Park, serving day one of a staggered two-day ban, returns for this Saturday’s St Leger Day to partner trainer Dwight Chen’s CHACE THE GREAT in the seven-furlong Eros Trophy.

Thomas's agent, Coorie 'Papa' Grant, explained that the two-kilo claiming rider had applied to the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) for permission to stagger the suspension, allowing him to ride on St Leger Day.

Partnered by Thomas, CHACE THE GREAT signalled a return to form on July 14, beating crack sprinters such as MR UNIVERSE, MONEY MAGNET and SIEMPRE BUENO in the five-furlong straight Reggae Trophy, carrying near topweight 121lb.

Thomas rose to prominence last year, winning the Caribbean Sprint astride CHACE THE GREAT, which prompted SHE’S A MANEATER’s owner, Winston Kong, to hand him a winning chance ride in the Grade One Superstakes after noting his performance earlier that afternoon.

Before going off on day one of his ban, Thomas won eight races in four meets, moving to 58 winners this season, 19 clear of jockey Shane Ellis.

Thomas could also possibly Richard Azan’s MY BEIRUT in the St Leger, one of two winners he was astride last week Wednesday.

After riding on Saturday, Thomas will complete the two-day ban on Emancipation Day, August 1, for interference caused while aboard CLEARLY OURS in the 11th race on June 9.

Meanwhile, Thomas has appealed two other suspensions, representing three racemeets, imposed by the JRC stewards.

"We are appealing the other two suspensions, DISABILITY CHARM  (two days) and UNCLE FRANK  (one day). We asked for a stay of those suspensions while the appeals are being heard, so we are awaiting to hear whether he will be able to ride after August 1st," Grant pointed out.

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