Long Running Train wins Nigel B Nunes Memorial

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Saddled by Ian Parsard following the recent passing of his father, Harry,  Long Running Train tracked Mom’s Student from the gate before taking charge four furlongs out.

Travelling strongly under Robert Halledeen, the four-year-old filly turned for home with another United States-bred, Brawn, hot on her heels. However, she responded immediately when Halledeen asked her to run, lengthening her strides to finish three lengths clear of St Leger winner Bigdaddykool, who ran on for second inside the last half-furlong.

Long Running Train closed a three-timer for Parsard, who also won with Superluminal and the debutant Sundance in the third and sixth races, respectively.

Apprentice jockey Javaniel Patterson rode his first three-timer – Little Prince, Dash Board and Sound of Miracle – in the second, ninth and 11th races, respectively.

The Front Runner Dash co-feature, for two-year-old maidens, ended in dramatic fashion as the overwhelming favourite, Anthony Nunes’, Balazo, was spooked approaching the winning post, as a clear leader  and jumped the rail before completing the race.

Sensing imminent danger, jockey Shane Ellis took evasive action by dismounting before the colt reached the barrier. Declared fit, the experienced rider returned three races later to partner Nunes’ Houdini’s Magic in the Nigel B Nunes Memorial.

Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday.