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Friday 15 December 2017
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Thisonesforron takes Stewards Cup in thriller

THISONESFORRON with jockey Keron Khelawan is toasted in winner’s circle by trainer John O’Brien (from left) and owners Roger Hadeed and Gerry Harding after winning the Stewards Cup at Santa Rosa Park, Arima, yesterday.

Youngt jockey Kerron Khelawan brought Thisonesforron with a devastating stretch run and just held off Bigman In Town to win this year’s edition of the Stewards Cup, known as the Sprint Championship of the Caribbean.

Khelawan had the Canadian-bred six-year-old horse in mid division in the 1200 metres race worth a total of $100,000.

And as the pacemakers, two-time race winner Control Unit and stablemate Whisper Light began to fade, Khelawan brought Thisonesforron onto the scene.

But just then, Nobel Abrego was circling the field on Bigman In Town and having to come around the long route, just failed to get up by a short head, with Whisper Light in third another ½ length away in a blanket finish.

Defending champion Control Unit, the pre-race favourite, could manage only fifth.

Earlier, Sarfagon won the 1800 metres co-feature Stud Farm Association National Stakes by a neck over stablemate Dark Treasure who was bidding for a repeat and a three-timer in the race.

And in the other co-feature, Pauseforacoors made every metre of the running in the 1100 metres handicap for horses rated 80-60.

One lucky turfite walked away with a hefty bundle of $32,909.40 as a single winner of the superfecta combination of Trini Aviator, War Brigade, Electrify and Free Passage.

Champion trainer Glenn Mendez and John O’Brien dominated the eight-race programme, sharing five winners among them.

O’Brien saddled Pausaeforacoors, Shangri La and Thisonesforron, while Mendez saddled Saragon and Illegal Prince.

Brian Boodramsingh was the only jockey to score a double on yesterday’s card.

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