Toona Ciliata lands Royal Dad Trophy
Guineas and St Leger runner-up, TOONA CILIATA, overpowered SENTIENT by two lengths on Friday, winning the nine-furlong and 25-yard Royal Dad Trophy at Caymanas Park, carrying topweight 126lb.
Again partnered by Linton Steadman, with whom he went down by a short head to stablemate SUPREME SOUL in the July 27 St Leger, TOONA CILIATA locked horns a half-mile out with SENTIENT, the Jamaica Derby runner-up, before powering clear in the stretch run.
TOONA CILIATA won convincingly, allowing SENTIENT seven pounds, winning the route race in 1:56.2 at odds of 8-5, his third victory from 10 starts. United States-bred SHE'S AN INTROVERT, SENTIENT's stablemate, tried matching strides but was left flat-footed when the pace quickened three furlongs out but stayed on for third as the even-money favourite.
Apprentice Christopher Mamdeen extended his lead atop the jockeys' standings with a three-timer, ANOTHER VIGOROUS, NYOKA CLASSIC and SYNCHRONIZE in the sixth, eighth and 11th races, respectively.
Mamdeen moved to 72 winners, 17 clear of fellow apprentice, Reyan Lewis.
Jemar Jackson and Steven Todd combined for a jockey-trainer two-timer on the 11-race card, DAD'S LUCK, and D M CUTIE, in the fourth and seventh events.
Racing continues on Saturday with the seven-furlong Gold Cup as the feature event on the 11-race card.