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Afternoon stroll for Stranger Danger

Published:Thursday | March 7, 2019 | 12:15 AMAinsley Walters/Gleaner Writer
STRANGER DANGER (Anthony Thomas) gallops away from the field to win The Ash Wednesday Trophy over 1300 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.
STRANGER DANGER (Anthony Thomas) gallops away from the field to win The Ash Wednesday Trophy over 1300 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.

UNITED STATES-bred STRANGER DANGER made a mockery of rivals in yesterday’s Ash Wednesday Trophy for overnight allowance runners, winning the six-and-a-half furlongs event unchallenged with champion jockey Anthony Thomas aboard.

The three-year-old gelding ticked off his fourth consecutive win by shaking off UNCLE VINNIE and STORM PRINCESS three furlongs out, winning under a hand ride to clock 1:17.3, a time many grade one horses would envy.

Conditioned by champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, STRANGER DANGER has been dismissing two-time Superstakes and Diamond Mile-winning stablemate SHE’S A MANEATER, at exercise in the mornings, staking his claim as one of the best horses in the country.

Meanwhile, trainer Spencer Chung’s EXTRUDER easily won the fifth event for maiden three-year-olds at seven and a half furlongs with Dane Nelson at odds of 1-5.

EXTRUDER took over coming off the home turn, leaving BLACK RIVER to outbattle early leader CAIRO for the runner-up spot.

Nelson was expected to also land division two of the event, but his mount, 4-5 favourite CRIMSON, was slowly away and afterwards unseated him down the backstretch while trying to avoid DORA LEE, who fell with Shamaree Muir. The event was won by 8-5 second choice, SEBASTIAN, with Oneil Mullings for Philip Feanny, outfinishing Linton Steadman aboard Adin Williams’ LAYU KAWEN after a prolonged stretch duel.

SEBASTIAN started a two-timer for Mullings, who returned to land the ninth with even-money favourite REIGN OVER ALL at four furlongs straight. Thomas was also aboard two winners, opening the 11-race card with REASSURANCE at odds of 7-1 before his armchair ride aboard STRANGER DANGER in the eighth.

Hakeem Pottinger, who won the fourth event astride Steven Todd’s 3-2 chance, POWEROFGIVING, benefited from Nelson’s fall, replacing the three-time former champion jockey aboard 5-1 shot A SEH SOUP to close the card at six and a half furlongs.

Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday.