The John O'Brien trained Making Headlines won the feature event for West Indies bred three-year-olds and over, going over a distance of 1,750 metres in workmanlike fashion at Santa Rosa Park, Arima, yesterday.
The 1/9 favourite was ridden with more restraint by jockey Brian Boodramsing.
When the starter sent the field on its way the Harold Chadee trained Prince of Bellevue was sent straight to the front by Kimal Santo. He was tracked by One Fortheroad followed by Desert Dancer with Set Sail in fourth, Evening Jewel fifth and Making Headlines, sixth.
Going down the back, Prince of Bellevue opened a 10-length gap on the field as Boodramsing moved Making Headlines into a threatening joint-second position with One Fortheroad. The Chadee pair of Evening Jewel and Set Sail closed on Desert Dancer.
At the far turn, Prince of Bellevue began to come back to the field and Making Headlines moved into second as One Fortheroad came under pressure. Desert Dancer was now joined by Set Sail as the race began to unfold.
Inside the final 300m, Making Headlines took up the running from Prince of Bellevue and Set Sail began to come home with purpose. However, though Set Sail stayed on well, Making Headlines was not for catching. He recorded a one-and-half length victory in the time of 1:53.0. Third past the post was Prince of Bellevue and One For the road was fourth.
The day's riding honours were shared between Boodramsing and David Butcher. Training honours for the day were also shared between Harriram Gobin and Ramesh Ramroop.
Next racing day is Easter Monday (April 22) when the Champagne Stakes and Chief Commander Stakes will be sponsored by Chan Ramlal Ltd.