Captain Sully wins feature race

Barbados Advocate 3/20/2011

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned, Sir Charles Williams-bred Captain Sully, under a well judged ride by Jalon Samuel won the feature Leave It To Me Trophy Handicap, for three-year-olds and older rated 80 and below, going 1800 metres.

Samuel broke the Andy Ward trained Captain Sully smartly from the gate to take an early lead. He was quickly joined by the Margo Atkinson-owned Tornade, trained by Boston John, and ridden by Jonathan Grant. These two quickly opened a five-length lead on the rest of the field, and turned the race into what looked like a match race.

Going up the back stretch Samuel gave Captain Sully, who had the big weight of 130 pounds a breather, allowing him to drop back three quarters of a length behind Tornade, who was receiving as much as 16 pounds. On reaching the top of the hill with three furlongs to go, Samuel eased Captain Sully up the rail to again challenge for the lead.

From there both Captain Sully and Tornade matched each other stride for stride, with both jockeys digging deep, and in the end it was Captain Sully that kept his head in front to win in a tight finish. Tornade finished second, while Uncle Jerry was third and Bram Stoker fourth.

Anderson Trotman was the jockey of the day winning the first race on the card with Nomoreginrog, and the third with Wingman.

Trainer Roger Parravicino was also quickly out of the gates saddling the winners of the first two races, while Andy Ward and Naz Issa also saddled two winners each.

Of the owners Lord Michael Taylor in addition to winning the feature with Captain Sully, also saw his colours pass the post first in race four, when Millennium Mile won. The Aysha Syndicate also had two winners. Who’s Staying won race six, and Who’s Calling won the final race.

Sir Charles Williams led the breeding category, as in addition to breeding Captain Sully, the winner of the feature race, he also bred Wingman, the winner of the days third race.

Racing continues on Saturday, April 2.