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Howsweetitis romps home in Feature

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Champion trainer John O’Brien returned with a bang yesterday when he saddled Howsweetitis to win the feature Modified Benchmark Handicap over 1,500 Metres on the turf track at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.

O’Brien showed his class as a conditioner as he brought Howsweetitis back from the ten-month break to defy his lengthy absence.

Nela Mohammed aboard Howsweetitis rode the five-year-old brown gelding with confidence and outbattled the favourite Rock In Peace to score by a 1/2 length.

The Great Friends owned Howsweetitis was well supported at 2-1 to win but had to battle hard and long to get the better of the Glenn Mendez-trained favourite Rock In Peace which lost nothing in defeat.

Magical Victory was 1 1/2 lengths back in third place Root of Jesse finished fourth.

The winner registered the good time of 1:30.54 for the trip.

This was just fractionally off the record which is held by Magical Victory of 1:29.4.

Though the feature was competitive and interesting, it had to play second fiddle to the performance of the ‘Triple Crown’ seeking General JN from the John Leotuad barn.

Punters sent the 2018 Guineas winner off at the prohibitive odds of 1-5 and he obliged to like the champion which he is by winning unchallenged by 12 1/2 length with jockey Brian Boodramsing doing precious little.

The well-bred Jamaican chestnut colt by Forest Danger/Sea Treaty was challenged by the speedy Maha Raja for 600 metres before asserting and running away in the final 300 metres to win as he liked in the time of 1:11.97. General JN looks very difficult to oppose in the Midsummer Classic the second leg of local racing’s Triple Crown.

In the final event on the eight race-card, the Glenn Mendez trained Streaking Far showed that she will be ready to come up against General JN in the Classic. She ran a full two second faster than she did two starts ago over the 1750 metres distance.

The days leading rider was Nela Mohammed who rode a double on the card.

No trainer was able to land more than one winner.


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