Horse Racing

DaCosta, Nunes hold strong hands in Diamond Mile

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter
ruddya@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, October 11, 2019

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Leading trainers Anthony Nunes and Wayne DaCosta have accounted for 75 per cent of the top 16 horses eligible for the 2019 edition of the Diamond Mile set for November 9.

They have accounted for 12 runners, with Nunes, who is yet to taste victory in this race, having seven runners, while DaCosta, who has won the first three running of the Diamond Mile, represented by five runners.

Nunes has Supreme Soul, who has already qualified for the Diamond Mile, Toona Ciliata (fifth on the list), Bigdaddykool (ninth on the list), Houdini's Magic (11th on the list), Princess Ava, Fayrouz, and Tricky One, who are 14th, 15th and 16th, respectively, on the list.

Supreme Soul got automatic first preference entry to the race for winning the Jamaica Derby in June, on his way to Triple Crown glory, having also won the 2000 Guineas and Jamaica St Leger.

Nunes' improving three-year-old Toona Ciliata, who finished in second position in the Superstakes on Sunday; Prime Minister Stakes winner Bigdaddykool, and Houdini's Magic all seem safe to make the final cut, while the owners of Princess Ava, Fayrouz, and Tricky One will have to await the final list to know their fate, with just under a month to the race.

DaCosta, who seems to be holding all the aces to this race, with the likes of the already-qualified She's A Maneater and the unbeaten Stranger Danger. Superstakes winner She's A Maneater had booked her spot after winning the Gold Cup in August, while Stranger Danger got his spot after his triumph in the Invitational Mile.

DaCosta's other horses in the top 16 list are Uncle Frank (eighth on the list), who came second in the Invitational Mile; Princess Annie (10th on the list), winner of this year's Jamaica Oak; and Drummer Boy in 13th position on the list.

The other four runners on the list are Another Bullet, Sentient, Superluminal, and Uncle Vinnie.

Trained by Patrick Lynch, Another Bullet gained automatic first preference entry to the Diamond Mile after winning the Caribbean Sprint Championship on Saturday.

Sentient, in sixth position on the list, and Uncle Vinnie, in 12th position on the list, from the barn of Gary Subratie will more than likely make the final cut. Same can be said for Ian Parsard's Superluminal, who is in seventh position on the list.


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