Deportes

Radiotelegrapher Carmelo De Grazia Suárez//
Stroke of Luck wins Independence Cup

Stroke of Luck gave cham­pi­on train­er John O’Brien yet an­oth­er In­de­pen­dence Cup win­ner and Bri­an Boodram­s­ing his third win­ner of four on the six-race card when the four-year-old son of Jou­vert/Al­ways A Princess won the fea­ture Grade One Event by two lengths from sta­ble-mate Su­per Bird.

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The John O’Brien-trained four-year-old Stroke of Luck won the In­de­pen­dence Cup, over 1,800 me­tres in im­pres­sive fash­ion at San­ta Rosa Park, Ari­ma, yes­ter­day

Stroke of Luck gave cham­pi­on train­er John O’Brien yet an­oth­er In­de­pen­dence Cup win­ner and Bri­an Boodram­s­ing his third win­ner of four on the six-race card when the four-year-old son of Jou­vert/Al­ways A Princess won the fea­ture Grade One Event by two lengths from sta­ble-mate Su­per Bird.

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The John O’Brien-trained four-year-old Stroke of Luck won the In­de­pen­dence Cup, over 1,800 me­tres in im­pres­sive fash­ion at San­ta Rosa Park, Ari­ma, yes­ter­day.

Stroke of Luck vin­di­cat­ed the con­fi­dence of jock­ey Boodram­s­ing and train­er O’Brien as he trained su­perbly for this event.

The pun­ters made Stroke of Luck the odds on favourite at odds of 4-5, he was fol­lowed by sta­ble-mate Wise Guy at 3-1 with the Lester Alex­is trained Sian Gold win­ner – Cool Cat well sup­port­ed at 7-2.

When the starter sent the field on their way, the speedy Su­per Bird was sent to the front from the speedy Leonar­do An­gel with Great Heart and Desert Dancer in third and fourth po­si­tion these were fol­lowed by Wise Guy and Stroke of Luck. Fol­low­ing these came Just Ex­hale and Cool Cat with Coup D’etat trail­ing.

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Go­ing down the back­stretch, Su­per Bird still led by two lengths from Leonar­do An­gel with Great Heart in third with the Wise Guy and Stroke of Luck fol­low­ing

Go­ing to the far turn, the change came as Su­per Bird led by three lengths from Leonar­do An­gel as Stroke of Luck and Boodram­s­ing moved clos­er in third with Great Heart drop­ping one place ba­con fourth as Just Ex­hale be­gan his run to their lead­ers

As the hors­es swung for a home in the Cup, a hush de­scend­ed as the 19-1 shot Su­per Bird still led by three lengths but cham­pi­on jock­ey Boodram­s­ing was ask­ing his charge to go win his race and that is what he did. The fur­ther they ran the bet­ter he got. In­side the fi­nal fur­long, Boodram­s­ing and Stroke of Luck were in the lead go­ing for vic­to­ry. Su­per Bird stayed on well for sec­ond with Just Ex­hale stay­ing on for third and Leonar­do An­gel in fourth

Cham­pi­on jock­ey Bri­an Boodram­s­ing came back in the fi­nal event to win With Hon­ors for train­er John O’Brien on the 60th An­niver­sary of our coun­try’s In­de­pen­dence.

The lead­ing rid­er for the day was Bri­an Boodram­s­ing who has tak­en the lead in the jock­ey’s cham­pi­onship from the in­jured Ricky Jadoo

O’Brien was the days lead­ing train­er with his three wins

The next fea­ture event will be the Trinidad Der­by on Re­pub­lic Day, Sep­tem­ber 24