Leading trainer Anthony Nunes saddles five winners at Caymanas Park
Leading trainer Anthony Nunes.
Leading trainer Anthony Nunes won four consecutive races on Friday on way to a five-timer, extending his lead to $13.7m ahead of 18-time defending champion, Wayne DaCosta.
Canada-based jockey, Dane Nelson, rode five winners, three for Nunes, handing the title-chasing trainer his first win, ROYAL APPROACH, via the stewards' room, after 9-1 outsider EROY's disqualification in the second event.
Nelson, on his first racemeet back home, opened the 11-race card with MYSMYRTLERICHIEGIRL and got his third with CLASSY VISHALA in the fifth.
DaCosta landed the third and sixth races with KING ARTHUR and BIG BLACK NATION, respectively.
Nunes, hunting his first trainers' title, responded with four consecutive winners - LATAPY, PRINCE CHARLES, PRINCESS AVA and LEGALITY - apprentice Reyan Lewis astride the first two and Nelson closing the five-timer with well-timed finishes.
Lewis had earlier won aboard BELTANE in the fourth, before booting home the first two of Nunes' four consecutive winners, LATAPY and PRINCE CHARLES.
DaCosta is set to respond to Nunes in Saturday's Diamond Mile in which he has the country's two best horses, STRANGER DANGER and SHE'S A MANEATER, aiming at approximately $10m in stakes.