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Set Sail, Galviz sparkle in Arima
The Harold Chadee trained four-year-0ld filly Set Sail scored a minor upset at 5-2 odds in yesterday's feature Starlight Stakes over 1,350 metres on the main track at Santa Rosa Park in Arima.
Set Sail turned over the Even-Money favourite Bigman In Town who is getting long in the tooth. The three times Jetsam - Horse of The Year winner which was expected to win this event doing handsprings was beaten by four lengths by the Dave Chadee owned Set Sail.
Only two weeks ago, Bigman In Town, ran the worst race in his career at the Garrison Savannah in Barbados and yesterday showed that he is no longer the force of old.
The Chester Roberts trained Bigman In Town was at the head of affair early, but Maha Raja and Nela Mohammed swept by an opened up a three-length gap on him. He was followed by Desert Dancer, The Gatsby and Set Sail. At this point Leading Lady was the trailer.
At the far turn, Maha Raja strides began to shorten as The Gatsby moved up menacingly to challenge as Wilmer Galviz guided Set Sail between the two leaders as Bigman In Town was angled out by Sheldon Rodrigo to deliver his challenge.
However, they were all chasing the shadow of Set Sail as the filly quickened away impressively to open up to put distance between the challenges which included the chasing Bigman In Town, and it remained like this to the post. Leading Lady stayed on for third with Eye See You in fourth.
Set Sail registered the time of 1:21.12 for the trip
In the co-feature, the Shivam Maharaj owned Stockyard gave Wilmer Galviz another winner as he guided the five-year-old to victory in the sixth . However, he had to peg back the game Whisper Light which again attempted to make all the running. Holy Man stayed on for third in the 1,350 metres event.
The leading rider was Wilmer Galviz who rode five winners on the nine race card. His first winner was in Race five and he won all the other races on the card.
Training honours went to Harriram Gobin who saddled three winners.
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