Blue Dixie wins feature
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BLUE DIXIE, one of two winners for jockey Aaron Chatrie and trainer Gary Subratie, floored the odds on the howling 1-5 favourite PINELOPE to win the inaugural running of the Alexander Hamilton Trophy over 1600 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.The 3-y-o and up open allowance race was run in honour of Hall of Fame inductee Alex Hamilton, a former Jockey Club president and long-time owner/breeder, whose career spans 60 years of racing in Jamaica. As owner of Caymanas Estates, he was instrumental in providing the lands on which Caymanas Park was built in 1959. Hamilton, accompanied by his wife, Erica, and son John, was on hand to present the trophy to the connections of BLUE DIXIE.Always prominent as PINELOPE led from SIR BUDGET in a field of six, BLUE DIXIE (4-1) was produced on the inside, entering the straight. The American 4-y-o filly eventually gained the ascendancy on the rails early in the last furlong, holding off fast-finishing stable-companion AWESOME DESTINY. PINELOPE was third.CONFIDENT OF VICTORYOwner Michael Bernard said he was pretty confident of victory despite the presence of the talented native-bred 4-y-o filly PINELOPE.”We beat her by a length over this trip in fast time when we previously met on October 1 and felt she had to be able to run 1:37.0 today in order to turn the tables,” he asserted.Subratie and Chatrie completed a quick double, having teamed up to win the preceding race over the straight with 8-5 favourite GOLDEN GLORY.Meanwhile, DON CHASSIS won the Mercury Trophy supporting feature over the straight for maiden three-year-old colts and geldings as the 1-1 favourite.Ridden by Ian Spence for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny, the winner came through in the last furlong to beat SILENCE (8-1) by 11/4 lengths.