Horse Racing

Ice Cold burns on long-awaited debut

Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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After over a year on the farm recovering from injuries, the nicely bred Ice Cold (Blue Pepsi Lodge – Chauchee) made his debut on Saturday.

The well-grown colt was expected to hit the track early last year but got injured prior to his planned first outing and was later turned out on the farm.

On Saturday, the Stephan Narinesingh-owned Ice Cold displayed no signs of any difficulties in his gate-to-wire domination in a maiden condition event for the Seek Black and White Composition Plaque over five furlongs (1,000m) on the round course.

The four-year-old chestnut colt won easily by 11 lengths to stamp his authority from the get-go in the race. Although the time was a pedestrian one of 1:03.0, the manner of the victory suggested that there might well be more to come.

Trainer Anthony Nunes said that at one point he didn't think that his charge would have made it to the races due to the significance of the injury.

“He [ Ice Cold] was injured as an early three-year-old. We turned him out to the farm and we weren't even sure if we were going to bring him back to the races because it was a pretty severe injury.

“But after a year and a half on the farm, I saw him [ Ice Cold] and he looked very well. Then Paul Lalor called me and said that this colt is looking nice and I said let's try him back again and so we brought him back and he did great the first time of asking,” Nunes told the Supreme Racing Guide.

Ridden by Linton Steadman, Ice Cold shot into the lead at the off over Strikingprincegeorge (Dane Dawkins), Super Don (Hakeem Pottinger) and Prince Malik, the mount of Natalie Berger.

Steadman slowed down the pace a bit running the half mile but as soon as he entered the straight, he let loose and Ice Cold responded well, skittering away for a dominating win. Prince Malik outbattled Strikeprincegeorge for the second spot.

Nunes said that if all goes well with Ice Cold then it is more than likely he is going to have a good sprinter in his barn.

“Well, we expected it [the win]. Ice Cold is a really talented racehorse. He was among our leading three-year-old sprinters at the time and we were a little disappointed that he got hurt but he hasn't shown any problems so far since his return and so let's hope it stays that way and we could have a nice sprinter in the making,” said Nunes.

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