Toona Ciliata defies big weight for easy victory
TOONA CILIATA hit overdrive with the big weight, 130lb, down along the rail, to power past stablemate PRINCE CHARLES and speedy PATRIARCH, winning Saturday's open allowance at Caymamas Park by a length and a half.
Having last beaten the grade on March 17, carrying 126lb, the Superstakes runner-up and Diamond Mile third-place four-year-old, used his class to stalk fast splits of 23.0 and 45.3 as PATRIARCH led PRINCE CHARLES into the lane.
Urged by Dane Nelson coming off the home turn, TOONA CILIATA attacked PATRIARCH as a team inside the last furlong and pulled away, winning in 1:19.2 for champion trainer Anthony Nunes.
Robert Halledeen and apprentice Raddesh Roman rode two winners apiece on the 11-race card.
Halledeen, who booted home a three-timer for Gary Subratie last Sunday, was aboard the trainer's howling 1-9 favourite, PHAROAH IT IS, who landed the second for three-year-old maidens at nine furlongs and 25 yards.
Roman stormed home at whopping odds of 47-1 with Wayne DaCosta's LOOSE BALL in the following event at five furlongs straight.
Halledeen returned to land the fifth with the even-money favourite, ALEXA'S STAR, his ninth winner in five race days, moving to joint sixth in the standings on 11 wins with Anthony Allen.
Roman made all in the seventh with repeat winner, DEEP BLUE SEA, beating four-year-old, non-winners-of-two races, at six furlongs.
Trainer Ryan Darby saddled back-to-back winners, 5-2 chance HOLY LIGHT and 52-1 shocker, SALAH, who mowed down rivals with former six-time champion jockey, Omar Walker, in the 10th event at seven and a half furlongs.
Racing continues at Caymamas Park on Sunday.