Read about Andi’amu’s triumph in the Virginia Gold Cup and Optimus Prime’s easy victory in the David Semmes Memorial (Gr. 2) in the latest report of the Monday Report, available here. The address is: https://www.nationalsteeplechase.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/MR5-6-19w.pdf
Exercising an abundance of caution to protect horses and jockeys, the Winterthur Races committee and the meet’s stewards decided to cancel Sunday’s races because of heavy overnight rains that continued through the morning at the course near Wilmington, Del.
Ballybristol Farm’s Andi’amu, on the lead for much of Saturday’s $100,000 Virginia Gold Cup, turned back a strong challenge at the last fence by Le Chevalier and drew clear in the stretch to win the classic timber race by three lengths.
Michael A. Smith’s Le Chevalier, who had lingered toward the back of the seven-horse field for the first three miles of the four-mile Virginia Gold Cup, took second, 15 lengths clear of Irv Naylor’s Super Saturday in third.
Race favorite Doc Cebu, who had led briefly in the early stages, stumbled badly three fences out and nearly tossed jockey Hadden Frost. The two-time timber champion tried to make up ground into the last fences but tired and finished fourth, another three lengths back.
Trained by Leslie Young, Andi’amu benefited from a savvy ride by Jack Doyle, who allowed the nine-year-old to break easily and set the pace under light restraint over the first several fences.
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