Treacle looked like just another steed at the Rising Sun Turf Club yesterday.
Until the final two furlongs that is.
That is when the thoroughbred, with Rad Drepaul in the stirrups pinned back her ears and kicked clear to win the feature D and Lower seven-furlong event, beating one of the deepest fields in the process.
The Dark Brown mare stormed out of far post and bided her time while the highly regarded Church House set a blistering pace on well prepared race track.
The move under the cloudless blue sky came in a flash.
Church House had the lead, Settle In Seattle was lurking and jockey Drepaul was waiting for the right moment to go.
The race was going according to his plan. Around the first turn, Drepaul angled the champion race horse to the outside of the pace setter and the horses were neck-and-neck with five furlongs to go.
And then the theatrics started to unfold.
Settle In Seattle went clear, her lead building with every powerful stride and then it happened.
With one breathtaking surge over the final two furlongs, Treacle with Jack In My Style and Run Na Na Run on her hip seemingly never tired, displayed her superb sprinting speed and drew off on the home straight to claim the $1M first prize just ahead of Jack In My Style.
Run Na Na Run owned by the Simply Royal Stable was guided by Randolph Richmond to a hard fought third place finish six lengths back, while Sharriff Stable’s Settle In Seattle finished fourth after tiring on the stretch.
It was Treacle of the Dookhie Stables fifth feature win of the year.
Race 1 (J3and Lower)
Smarty Light ($150,000)
Dance For Gold
Race 2 (Three-Year old Guyana and W.I Bred)
She’s So Special
Miss Doubt Fire
Race 3 (Two-Year Old Open Guyana and W.I Bred)
Shooting Star ($400,000)
Keep On Swing
Race 4 (J and Lower)
Royal Cash ($200,000)
Race 5 (G and Lower)
Battle Hymn ($400,000)
Race 7 (I and Lower)
Mary Ann ($260,00)
Easy To Win
I’ll Get Another
Yesterday’s champion jockey was Paul Delph. In excess of $5M were up for grabs.
The Sport of Kings continues on August 24 with the Guyana Cup at the Port Mourant Turf Club. (Emmerson Campbell)