SIR FREDERICK, offering odds of 8-1 with former champion jockey Wesey ‘Callaloo’ Henry aboard, came through in mid-stretch to win the inaugural running of the Ram Nagrani Memorial Trophy overnight allowance feature over 1200 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.With punters installing the America 3-y-o colt SUPERIOR QUALITY, a red hot favourite in a field of seven, SIR FREDERICK broke well to race in touch early stages, but fell back approaching the half mile as TOOTING KAT (6-1) led at a fast clip from SUPERIOR QUALITY and AMICABLE (8-1).BESTSTRIDETOOTING KAT and the chasing SUPERIOR QUALITY came under pressure approaching the distance, but by then SIR FREDERICK had found his best strides. He disposed of TOOTING KAT early in the last furlong and was driven out to win by two lengths from rank outsider RUM PUNCH (77-1), who after missing the break and outpaced in last position, closed rapidly to beat the well-backed BUTLER CABIN (5-2) by a length for second with SUPERIOR QUALITY fading into fourth.Owned and trained by Howard McLeod and bred by Trevor James, SIR FREDERICK, a 5-y-o bay horse by Storm Craft out of Brenda’s Song, was notching his fifth win from 26 starts lifetime.The day’s co-feature for the Master Blaster Trophy over the straight five course, saw another 8-1 chance, AGAKHAN, with Richard Nunan riding for owner/trainer Deon Facey, storming through late on the stands’ side to win by 1-1/4 lengths from BAD BOY JUSTIN. The 6-5 favourite GOLDEN BULLET with leading jockey Shane Ellis aboard, disappointed in finishing out of the frame.Title-chasing jockeys Ellis and Robert Halledeen shared the riding honours with two winners each. Ellis emerged the performer of the month in the jockeys’ category with eight winners.
RASHEED DWYER stormed to a second-place finish at the Zurich Diamond League meeting and told The Gleaner his 2015 season had been ‘tremendous’.The 200m race was won by Panama’s Alonso Edward, who also won the series, but Dwyer admitted that had he run more 200m races the result may have been different.The 26-year-old said: “It was a good execution. I came off the corner and tried to hold my form, but I haven’t run a 200m for a while, so I am a bit rusty, but other races will be much better.”GOODSEASONHe added: “My season has gone well. I am running 19.80 so it has been a tremendous season so far. I’m not going to set any goals or targets for next season, I am just going to continue to work hard, go back to the drawing board and take it from there.”In stark contrast to the fortunes of Dwyer, fellow Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade said 2015 had been his worst year ever.”The race was okay, I am bit tired from the rounds in Beijing, but it’s okay,” said the 25-year-old who finished in fourth.He added: “It’s been the worst season ever. I had injuries since the early part of the year and I am still struggling with it. I am just trying to get through and prepare for next year. I am going into rehab then start my training for next season a little earlier so I can be ready.”- J.C.