Nipster crashes Triple Crown bid by stable companion Wow Wow

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Denise Walters

The Triple Crown dream of Wow Wow is over after his stable companion Nipster created one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Jamaica St Leger, landing Saturday's 94th running at Caymanas Park at the attractive odds of 31-1.

Wow Wow who went off as the 1-2 favourite, had to settle for the runner-up spot as jockey Linton Steadman guided Nipster to an emphatic victory.  

Nipster came home in a brilliant 2 minutes, six seconds flat, the   fastest time in the St Leger since the 2:05.2 clocked by War Zone in 1996.

It was Steadman's second St Leger success following that with Bigdaddykool in 2016, while trainer Gary Subratie was saddling his first St Leger winner and fifth classic success overall.The top two finishers in Saturday's race are owned by Michael Bernard (Michros), the champion owner.
Meanwhile, Subratie's improved 4 year old chestnut colt Sentient under 2018 champion jockey Anthony Thomas, upstaged the island's top rated horse Toona Ciliata and last year's Triple Crown winner, Supreme Soul to land the Chairman's Trophy over 7 furlongs.

Sentient who was sent off at 2-1, came home by three-quarters of a length in 1:24.4.
Meanwhile, Anthony Thomas had a three timer to move to the top of the jockey's standings on 47 wins, two clear of Dane Nelson who went winless. Racing continues on Sunday with a 9-race card starting at 12:30.


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