Big Jule puts rivals on blast
IAN Parsard’s BIG JULE, imported in utero, yesterday announced himself as a Jamaica Derby contender, clocking 1:57.4 to land division two of the Mr Lover Lover Trophy, equalling the fastest time at nine furlongs and 25 yards this season.
Bred Tapizar-Blues In The Grass, BIG JULE reported without the blinkers which Parsard had fitted on May 22 when losing his bid for a second win from as many starts on May 22.
With no headgear and stretched out on the route course, BIG JULE was settled just off the pace in a trio behind leader IANNAILINKS before Omar Walker pressed gas at the half-mile marker.
BIG JULE peeled off and went farther in the stretch run to win by what seemed forever for the patrol camera to pick up PRINCE MARSHALL, 18 and three-quarter lengths away.
BIG JULES’ winning time equalled ONEOFAKIND’s mark at the trip when beating a crack open allowance field, CRIMSON, HOVER CRAFT and KING ARTHUR, respectively.
Division two was won in a pedestrian 2:03.2 by DADDY JONES, who rallied along the rail under a bustling ride from Bebeto Harvey to overhaul SANTORINI with Dick Cardenas.
HINDERED AT THE START
Parsard’s bid for a double in the feature was dashed when United States-bred AWESOME LIZ failed to stay the distance in division one after being hindered at the start then used up after running wide at the clubhouse turn.
Meanwhile, speedy MAHOGANY farcically landed the seventh event, returning from a near six-month lay-up, down two classes, to ensure a two-timer on the 10-race card for Parsard.
Johnny Wilmot also saddled two winners, both down in class, TOP EAGLE and PURPLE WAYNE, landing the fifth and 10th events, respectively.
Dane Dawkins, who partnered MAHOGANY, won the previous event astride ENRAPTURE to share riding honours with Dane Nelson, who was aboard PURPLE WAYNE and COMMISSIONER, getting home ahead of the favourite, ADORATION, who stumbled badly at the off with Oneil Mullings in the third race.
Racing continues on Saturday.