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Jockey injured, while Dontae delivers

Published:Wednesday | September 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMAinsley Walters/Gleaner Writer
Jockey Vassel Najair aboard RAS EMANUEL.

VETERAN jockey Vassel Najair yesterday sustained injuries and was taken to hospital after trying to corral getaway horse PERFECT ASSET inside the narrow walkway leading from the grandstand to the winners' enclosure.

A Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited source could not provide an update on Najair, 65, but said he was "stabilised" and at the Spanish Town Hospital after being rushed away in the racetrack's ambulance.

PERFECT ASSET bolted while being loaded into the gate prior to the start of the seventh event and was running on the reverse when Najair attempted to redirect the five-year-old mare into the tunnel where the horses enter the track from the parade ring.

PERFECT ASSET instead ran into the narrow walkway adjacent the tunnel and Najair followed the fractious animal, who lashed out at him with his hind legs, flooring the journeyman jockey.

Meanwhile, DONTAE made short work of rivals in yesterday's 10-furlong Kenneth Mattis Memorial, going past FRANCIA'S PRIDE a half-mile out before turning back an ambitious challenge from SUPERTRONICS at the top of the lane.

Asked to run by Linton Steadman, 1-5 favourite DONTAE opened up on SUPERTRONICS and moved away to win the overnight allowance event by three lengths ahead of FRANCIA'S PRIDE, who was two lengths clear of third-place BRUCE WAYNE.

The stunner on the midweek card was second-time-out FOREST ROSE, who ran through rivals with Phillip Parvhment in the eighth event to win the five-furlong straight race at odds of 40-1.