Bashirou digs deep to rule in the first leg

Bashiru recovers for a two-length win over Jankuk.  - Contribute photo

Bashirru recovers from a two-length victory over Junkuk. — Granted photo

Rider Kelvin Abobo had a really scary moment on Sunday afternoon at the San Lazaro Laser Park in Carmona before Rider Kelvin Abobo did all the right things to save the first leg of the Philippine Racing Commission’s Triple Crown series.

The 3-year-old Chestnut Colt of Alemius’ Brigade came out of the gates tightly and traveled nicely up to the backstretch before allowing everyone except one back in the race and needed a big finishing kick to win almost two lengths over the fourth pick. Junkuk.

Radio Bell, the very second choice, provided the initial pressure and was the first to fade from combat in the 1,600-meter run. But the easy finish seemed almost a nightmare for Basheiro as Gomezian took the lead in the long shot when Jockey OP Cortez found a place inside.

Abobo had to be whipped violently and had to ride on his mount to violently enter the final bend as Bashiru then held Junkuk and Jeffrey Jarrett for the P2.1-million prize and only claimed the shot to become the 13th Triple Crown champion.

Basheirrou is a respectable 1:42 clock for miles divided by 24 ‘, 24, 25’, 28.

The next leg is set for next month, and the second will run 2,000-m on the Metro Tarf of Malvar, Batangas, running 1,800 meters long before the end of July.

In Hopeful Stakes, Brother Sun faced little opposition, timing 1: 42.6 (25-24-25′-28) also over 1600 meters, to win 10 lengths above Tinago Falls. Iplitica third and Pharaoh Bell fourth.

Bay Colt, led by Jesse Goose, the honest brother of Rich Strike, the Kentucky derby winner, advanced to the lead to win the final 600m without a contest. INQ

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