Trainer berates self even after win

Anthony Nunes gives an 'Ice Cold' assessment of his charge, himself

Observer writer

Friday, September 14, 2018

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It is not often that a horse wins a race and the winning trainer is not pleased with the performance of his charge.

Promising four-year-old chestnut gelding, Ice Cold made a winning debut on August 25, getting home by all of 11 lengths at the non-winners of four stage but returned 14 days later to score a struggling win against a moderate field of non-winners of two for four -year-olds.

That last win on Saturday, September 8, 2018 by Ice Cold left trainer Anthony Nunes a disappointed individual based on expectations and the quality of performances expected from the talented chestnut gelded son of Blue Pepsi Lodge - Cauchee, as Ice Cold produced a modest win by 3 lengths in a moderate time of 1:01.1 for 1,000 metres round. This was a highly unsatisfactory result for Nunes who did not mince his words after the race..

“This was an extremely disappointing performance: one that is not even close to the ability which I think that he ( Ice Cold) has,” Nunes openly stated.

“Then if this is how it's going to be,” Nunes continued, “we do not have much of a future. He is a four-year-old running against non-winners of two horses. They are not that talented and he struggled today. That performance was not good enough. That's it. Maybe we need to do a better job: Maybe I need to do a better job; just maybe, but his performance today was not good enough.”

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