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.