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War Cannon blasts away rivals in PHILRACOM-PCSO Grand Derby

WAR Cannon blasted away the opponents in taking the 2021 PHILRACOM-PCSO 3YO Locally-Bred Grand Derby on Sunday at the Saddle and Clubs Leisure Park in Naic, Cavite.

Breaking out of the gate second to last, War Cannon bided his time way behind stablemate Flattering You which was dictating the early pace of the race with Arrabiata in tow followed by Stayinthemoment and All Too Easy.

At the half-mile pole, the Brigand-Ivanavinalot bay colt made his move relying on his vaunted come-from-behind style to move in contention for the win.  

By the time they reached the last 600-meters of the race, it was evident that the Melaine Habla-owned, Ruben Tupas-trained and Kelvin Abobo-mounted charger was not to be denied the victory as he was easing into the lead at that point with Arrabiata giving chase.

As War Cannon hit the wire, he was 8-lengths clear of Arrabiata(Striding Ahead-Toyland) followed by Isla Puting Bato, then came All Too Easy while Tocque Bell settled for fifth.

By clocking 1:53.4 with clips of 13′-22-24′-25-28 for the 1800-meter distance, the Melaine Habla prized possesion took home P1.8-million. Arrabiata, Isla Puting Bato and All Too Easy had to contend themselves with P600-thousand, P300-thousand and P150-thousand, respectively.

PHILRACOM Chairman Aurelio “Reli” deLeon updated us by saying, “With the win by War Cannon, Melaine Habla’s Brigand is now the year’s leading stallion nosing out erstwhile leader Oh Oh Seven of the Esguerra Farms and Stud.”

“Esguerra Farms and Stud is still ahead in the Breeder of The Year race while their broodmare Hayley Rebecca remains at the top of her own category,” de Leon adds.

In the 2021 PHILRACOM Japan Cup (for the beneft of the Samahang Drivers/Operators ng Jeep Karatig ng Malolos), Righteous Ruby (Revolutionary out of God Bless Slew) showed everyone that she was still the queen of long-distance races among imported gallopers grabbing P600-thousand for her connections (Golden Three King-owner, former jockey Dante Salazar-trainer and Martmart Gonzales-jockey).

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