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HORSE RACING-CARIBBEAN-Mairs takes Assiniboia title; Whitehall, Cumberbatch land stakes wins.

Jamaican Richard Mairs won just a single race on the season-ending seven-race card at Assiniboia Downs but it was enough to secure him the 2019 riding title at the western Canada racetrack on Sunday.

In seven rides, Mairs only tasted success in race five when he combined with favourite Tribal Zen to dismiss the three-year-olds and upward by 3-A3/4 lengths going six furlongs.

He duelled early on with 18-1 longshot Two Grand before getting clear to take the six-year-old brown gelding to the wire strongly.

Mairs finished with 51 wins for the fourth month season, four ahead of Barbadian Antonio Whitehall, who shared last year's title with Trinidadian counterpart Prayven Badrie.

Alex Cruz, who led extensively throughout the season before getting injured late in the campaign, was third on 39 wins while veteran Barbadian Renaldo Cumberbatch clinched fourth with 36.

Both Whitehall and Cumberbatch shone on the final day, winning the two added-money events on the card.

Whitehall captured the CAN$30 000 Winnipeg Futurity Stakes in race two with favourite Cash or Card, making virtually all the running over the six-furlong trip to beat the two-year-old fillies by 1-A1/2 lengths.

The victory was part of a double on the card for Whitehall who returned to win a five-furlong sprint in race six with another favourite Remy Rising Star, partnering the three-year-old chestnut filly in another front-running effort to get the better of the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares by 1-A1/4 lengths.

Cumberbatch, meanwhile, landed the $30 000 Buffalo Stakes in race one, forcing the pace with 2-1 choice True Louie before duelling with leader Esther's Quest in the lane and getting up to win by a neck.

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