Apprentice Hanover wins Cleveland Classic

05:31 PM 15 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Aprrentice Hanover and Jody Jamieson
Aprrentice Hanover and Jody Jamieson
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Trainer Benjamin Wallace is having a great winter after a disappointing summer with Apprentice Hanover.

Apprentice Hanover ($8.00), driven by Jody Jamieson, won the $126,000 Cleveland Classic at Northfield Park in 1:52.1. He started from post five and sat fifth through moderate early fractions of :27 and :56.2. Jamieson pulled second over and followed cover through the 1:24 three-quarters. Apprentice Hanover was tipped off his cover in the stretch and bested his competition by ½-length.

"We received a really good tow following Twilight Bonfire. He had us in good position," said Jody Jamieson. "The track was heavy tonight with a lot of snow but (Apprentice Hanover) was grabbing it great."

Saturday's win is Apprentice Hanover's fifth this year and his third consecutive victory. He is concluding 2013 very strong after a rocky start to the season.

"We has a bad summer with him," admitted Jamieson. "He got sick, as horses do."

"He (Apprentice Hanover) just ruined my summer," trainer Ban Wallace commented. "He got very sick. I lost a lot of sleep over it. This is the first real race where I actually thought I had him tight and ready."

Apprentice Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Nadia-Dragon's Lair) increased his career bankroll to $495,205 for Milton, Ontario, Canada owner Bradley Grant.

Completing the 2013 Classic field were Twilight Bonfire, Good Day Mate, Only The Lonely, Word Power and Dedi's Dragon.


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