Dane, Shamaree halve Northlands card
EDMONTON, Canada (CMC):
Jamaicans Dane Nelson and Shamaree Muir combined to win half the races on last Friday's eight-race programme at Northlands Park, each landing braces.
Nelson, who has struck a rich vein of form this season, captured Race One over 5-1/2 furlongs with 15-1 longshot Moon Dude before returning to win Race Three in a 3-1/2 furlong sprint with 9-1 chance Cybernut.
Muir won the last two races on the day's card, taking Race Seven over 6-1/2 furlongs with favourite Smileagainpana and then brought the curtain down with victory aboard longshot Oved going a mile and sixteenth.
With his success, Nelson is third on 19 wins, three behind Trinidadian Keishan Balgobin's on 22, while Muir overtook Barbadian Kyle Carter to move into fourth on 15 wins.
Six-time defending champion Rico Walcott continues to be the runaway leader on 47.
Nelson kicked off his success when he produced a front-running effort with the gelding Moon Dude to trounce the two-year-old maidens by 11-1/2 lengths.
He then followed up when he paired with another gelding, Cybernut, to edge the two-year-old Alberta-bred maidens.
Matt Foley, with Balgobin aboard, led into the stretch, but Nelson brought Cybernut with a late drive to get up by a head.
Muir, 22, got his first win when he made all the running with five-year-old bay mare Smileagainpana to dismiss the three-year-old-and-upward fillies and mares by five lengths.
He was also equally dominant in his second victory, guiding four-year-old gelding Oved to an 11-length crushing of the three-year-old-and-upward going distance.
Going off at odds of 18-1 - the longest in the field - Oved was well off the leaders early as Wilko Warrior dictated the pace after wresting the lead from Passion Red. However, Muir moved Oved smartly up along the rails into the stretch and was easily the best, taking the wire unchallenged.