Gandalf signs off Barbados Triple Crown series with big Derby win

By Lance Whittaker August 02, 2018
 Jalon Samuel steers front-running Gandalf across the line for huge win in the Massy United Insurance Barbados Derby at the Garrison Savannah racetrack. Jalon Samuel steers front-running Gandalf across the line for huge win in the Massy United Insurance Barbados Derby at the Garrison Savannah racetrack.

The colt Gandalf was unstoppable in Wednesday’s Massy United Insurance Derby using a classy front-running win that gave jockey Jalon Samuel his first Derby triumph and champion trainer Victor Cheeseman his fourth win in the 10-furlong classic in five years.

Guineas winner Gandalf, a 7-5 favourite, scored by a length ahead of stablemate and second favourite Brave Star (8-5) with Jackmanannygap (25-1) third, giving Cheeseman a sweep of the top three finishes in the BDS$68,000 (US$34,000) event at the Garrison Savannah racetrack.

This Derby result means the Bills Inc-owned Gandalf has captured two legs of the Triple Crown series and would have become the first winner of the famed triple series in nine years if he had not been disqualified after winning the Midsummer Classic in June.

Samuel, in from Canada for the ride, pushed Gandalf to lead soon after the start, and regulated a comfortable pace ahead of a chasing pack that included Jackmanannygap, Jewel (18-1) and the 34-1 outsider Don’t Doubt Doris, who raced alongside Gandalf as the field galloped past the stands for the first time.

Breezing the first two quarters in 25 and 48.4 and six furlongs in 1:15, Gandalf then moved into a clear lead and as the chasing trio faded, Brave Star accelerated under champion jockey Rickey Walcott to chase his front-running stablemate.

Two furlongs out, Brave Star was challenging stoutly alongside Gandalf but responding to a few cracks of right hand whipping for Samuel, Gandalf quickly restored a length and half advantage coming off the final turn.

Gandalf remained strong down the homestretch while Brave Star’s challenge was downgraded to mild and Jackmanannygap finished a further 9-1/4 lengths back in third spot.

“Gandalf is a very good horse and finishing 1-2-3 for me this (Derby win) stands out the most,” said Cheeseman, who won a record-equalling three consecutive Derby races in 2014 (Voldemort), Poetic Licence (2015) and Northern Star (2016).

Gandalf’s handlers had appealed his Midsummer Classic disqualification in June, hoping he could be reinstated to keep his Triple Crown bid alive. The verdict upholding the stewards’ disqualification decision was announced Tuesday, the eve of the Derby.

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