The Melrose Stable-owned Oberoi turned around his form from his last race and won the 2017 Pinnacle Feeds Creole Midsummer Classic at the Garrison Savannah on Saturday.
The brown colt out of the smart dam Leave It To Me, imitated his dam in winning the second jewel of the Barbados Triple crown as she had done in 2010. Confidently ridden by 2016 champion jockey Rasheed Hughes for the first time, the tough colt was placed behind pace setters Fleurette and Legion before battling with Legion to the finish line and getting the win by a length and a quarter.
Winning jockey Rasheed Hughes basked in glory after winning the first classic of his career while trainer Robert Peirce celebrated his second Midsummer in three years after winning with Donnicodidit in 2015. The second placed Legion, owned by Phillip Moseley, ran a great race sitting behind stablemate Fleurette in the early stages before kicking for home only to be caught in the late stages by Oberoi.
Peirce went to bed smiling after saddling three of the first four placements. His smart gelding D’ Girlz Dem Sugar also ran a great race to finish third and now has four third place finishes in his last five starts. Fourth place went to Javalier, an improving sort who can’t be ignored.
The pre-race favourite Fleurette ran a very disappointing last of 12 horses and left her fans wondering what could have gone wrong.
The trifecta for the Midsummer Classic paid $474.30 and trifecta paid $101.10. The pick 4 paid $200.15. There was no superfecta winner which will be put forward to next race day July 1.
Hughes enjoyed one of his better days in the saddle. The talented rider who is brother to Assiniboia Downs, Winnipeg, champion jockey Chis Husbands, started off the day winning race two with Amber Rose. He then finished off the day winning the last two races, first with Oberoi and in the last race of the day Hughes displayed his fine talents winning the Areutalkintome Trophy on Infrared. Rickey Walcott won twice on the day while Peirce had also two victories – race 4 with Banja and race 7 with Oberoi.
Trainer Boston John was the one of two trainers taking a double on the day after opening the day on Apparition whIch has become the most consistent animal in Barbados being in the top two in her last 14 starts. Apparition took the top weight of 130 pounds in the day’s opening event the Pinnacle Feeds Kendel Moon Trophy. The soft-spoken trainer then returned in race six to saddle Admiral Quill.
Races continue this Saturday, July 1.