Will In Charge wins Prime Minister's Stakes
WILL IN CHARGE on Monday upstaged 7-5 favourite BIGDADDDYKOOL to win the 2000-metre Prime Minister's Stakes by a neck at odds of 3-1 at Caymanas Park.
Partnered by two-kilo claiming apprentice Dane Dawkins, WILL IN CHARGE made every post a winning one, pressed by Great Britain-bred KALAMATA to the top of the lane.
BIGDADDYKOOL, burdened with topweight 57.0 kilos, improved into second up the straight and started a storming run to almost pull level midway the last half-furlong.
However, running 17lb heavier than WILL IN CHARGE proved too much for the far-striding gelding, who failed by a neck with non-claiming apprentice Linton Steadman.
WILL IN CHARGE won in 2:06.2, his first race among grade one horses after winning back-to-back overnight and open allowance races in June and July.
KALAMATA finished third with O'Neil Mullings, seven lengths behind. Seven-year-old PERFECT NEIGHBOUR was fourth in the six-horse field.
Shane Ellis posted an early three-timer, winning the first and fourth races for trainer Richard Azan aboard LUCKY STROKE and ZI BEAST, respectively, before returning to win the fifth astride MY DREAM.
Dawkins had a second winner on the Independence Day 11-race card, landing the seventh event with LADY JAELA at 1000-metre straight.
Racing continues at Cayamanas Park on Saturday.