Welch, Bynoe shine on opening day at Century

Veteran rider Quincy Welch and fellow Barbadian, rookie Damario Bynoe, both rode braces to christen the opening of the new Century Mile racetrack here Sunday.

The 38-year-old Welch, a multiple time champion at the recently closed Northlands Park, captured race three over five furlongs with 11-2 choice Case de Plata before returning to take race five over the same distance with 2-1 bet Heartless Sofiya.

Bynoe, meanwhile, won race six also over five furlongs with I Tricked My Ride before capturing race nine in another five-furlong sprint with another favourite A Little Bit Cocky.

The nine-race card marked the curtain-raiser for the new facility which replaces the Northlands Park venue closed last October.

And Welch, a seminal figure in the storeyed history of Northlands, wasted little time in making his mark at the new track.

He opened his account with a front-running victory when he paired with the three-year-old chestnut gelding Casa de Plata to crush the three-year-old maidens by six lengths.

Welch’s second win came via another gate-to-wire effort when he steered the three-year-old filly Heartless Sofiya to victory by a head, narrowly holding off the fast-finishing favourite Miss McFad.

Bynoe’s first success came aboard bay mare I Tricked My Ride when he brought the six-year-old with a late charge to edge the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares by a length.

He then brought the curtain down on proceedings, bringing four-year-old bay gelding A Little Bit Cocky from off the pace to collar the three-year-olds and upward by 1-½ lengths.


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