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Khan works Oracle in Arima

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Sunday, August 20, 2017
Blue Oracle with Apprentice jockey Rico Hernandez up leaving his opponents as he flies to the winning pole to win the Handicap Race for 3 Y.O. & Over Horses Rated 70-55 in race 7 at Santa Rosa Park, Arima, yesterday. Photo by:RALPH BANWARIE

The in-form trainer Shaffique Khan did what he promised and worked the ‘Oracle’ with Blue Oracle yesterday in the feature event for Horses rated 70-55 over 1,200 metres on the main track at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.

Last Saturday, Blue Oracle played ‘second fiddle’ to returning stable-mate Bergeron Boy in the feature event and was spot on for this weekend’s main event.

Khan, who is not famous bringing his horses back quickly, had no hesitation in sending the Jamaican bred five-year-old horse to win today. The Aga Khan owned thoroughbred won at odds of 5/2 for apprentice jockey Ri Hernandez.

Punters made the John Loetaud trained Criminal Intent ridden by Brian Boodramsing the overwhelming favourite and this horse disappointed once again as he ran no race at all.

From the off King Ronan was sent to front by Jovika Boodramsing with the intent of making all the running. He was followed by Central Square, Golden Bid and Blue Oracle. These were being tracked by Crown The King, Dublin Fashion with War Brigade and Criminal Intent at the rear of the field.

Going to the far turn King Ronan had established a three-length lead on Central Square with Golden Bid and Blue Oracle in close proximity.

At the top of the straight King Ronan still held sway but the challengers headed by Blue Oracle were ready to deliver their challenges. With 250 metres remaining Rico Hernandez gave the son of Blue Pepsi Lodge /Quick Burst the office and he settled the issue in a matter of strides. King Ronan came under pressure and hoisted the white flag as Central Square and Bublin Fashion moved forward close to the line, with Dublin Fashion taking second.

The winner record the time of 1:12.4 for his 1 1/4 lengths victory.

Training honours fell to Chester Roberts who saddled two winners in 25/1 shock winner Sing Sing Sing and the Speedy Chelsi Magic.

No jockey was able to land a double on the eight-race card.

Racing continues on Independence Day–August 31—with the running of the Trinidad Derby where Leading Lady and Carlos Montalvo will look to double up after their Midsummer Classic romp.