Five-time champion jockey Omar Walker rather fittingly enjoyed a supreme day at Caymanas Park with five winners on yesterday’s 11-race programme, the first meet under the umbrella of Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited, the new owners of the racing complex.Walker, the reigning champion jockey, was in his element as he dominated the programme from the very first race aboard 7-5 favourite UNBREAKABLE proceeding to ride consecutive winners from six mounts on the card. The ‘Birthday Boy’ closed out the five-timer with reigning “Horse of the Year’ SEEKING MY DREAM, who romped the grade one Chairman’s Trophy feature over 1500 metres by seven lengths in near track record time of 1:30.0, behind splits of 46.4 for the half mile and a brisk 1:10.3 for the first 1200 metres.Trained by 16-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta for Member of Parliament Derrick Smith, who was off the island, SEEKING MY DREAM, who was racing for the first time since his impressive victory in the $13.9 million Diamond Mile on December 10 last year, raced prominently in third as stable-companion MR. AMBASSADOR (99-1) led from last year’s winner FRANFIELD (7-5) in a field of six. The race, however, was all but over passing the 600-metre marker as SEEKING MY DREAM surged into the lead and was merely racing the clock up the lane, stopping it three-fifths of a second outside the long-standing track record held by SKY TRAIN since May, 1983.FRANFIELD, who beat SEEKING MY DREAM by a length in this race a year ago, held on well for second, a length ahead of late-closing HOVER CRAFT, one of four horses saddled by DaCosta in the six-horse field.MAJOR OBJECTIVEAccording to DaCosta, SEEKING MY DREAM’s major objective is the SVL-sponsored Diamond Mile, a race he won in 2015 and 2016.In addition to SEEKING MY DREAM and UNBREAKABLE, Walker also won aboard 6-1 chance LOTTERY TICKET for DaCosta in the third race over 1200 metres; even-money favourite CRAFTY STAR in the sixth then had to survive a stewards’ inquiry and objection from the second, and the front running grey gelding NO MONEY FRIEND, who staged a tremendous rally on the inside after being caught by the favourite MONEYNEVERSLEEP to win by a head.As a result, he leads the standings with 20 wins – five clear of Dane Nelson, who failed to ride a winner on the afternoon.
Taking a dig at BJP over the recent terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray the senior ally of his party to send ‘gau rakshaks’ to fight terrorists in the Valley.Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, were killed and 19 injured when terrorists attacked a bus in Kashmir’s Anantnag district. While five of the deceased hailed from Gujarat, two were from Maharashtra.Also read: Post Amarnath Yatra terror attack, Sangh wants Valley under president’s rule “The issue of gau rakshaks is raging today. Why don’t you send these vigilantes to fight terrorists?” Thackeray asked while addressing representatives of various Ganesh mandals for the upcoming festival.”They (the BJP) used to say that do not bring sports, culture etc. in political issues. Today, religion and politics came together in the form of the terror attack. Should we understand that none of those terrorists would have been alive today if they had cow meat in their bags and not weapons?”, Uddhav Thackeray said.Also read: 7 Amarnath pilgrims dead, several injured in terror attack in Anantnag During his meeting with the representatives of Ganesh mandals, he also said “If the BJP government can talk to separatists in the Kashmir Valley to resolve their issues, they can certainly talk with those wishing to celebrate the Ganesh festival amidst fanfare”. Uddhav Thackeray has also requested the Fadnavis government to bring in an ordinance against Bombay High Court restrictions on noise level during festivals.