Nunes, DaCosta horses flood Jamaica SVL Two-Year-Old Stakes
Anthony Nunes (left) and Wayne DaCosta.
Anthony Nunes has nine runners among a preliminary list of 23 horses for the $4m Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes, run over a mile on Boxing Day, December 26, as he looks to distance himself from champion Wayne DaCosta in their battle for the trainers’ title at Caymanas Park.
Nunes holds a lead of $127,700, heading into this Saturday’s meet before the big Boxing Day feature race, which has a winner’s purse of $2m. He is looking to win his first trainers’ title by dethroning DaCosta, who is hoping to win an 18th championship.
DaCosta, who has held the champion-trainer title for 13 consecutive years, has five horses listed including recent winners ROJORN DI PILOT and RUN THATCHER RUN, a half-brother to his brilliant reigning Horse of the Year, SHE’S A MANEATER.
Among Nunes’ nine listed runners are the unbeaten filly, CORAZON, who has won three races, including the November 24 Pick 3 Super Challenge Trophy at seven furlongs. Joining CORAZON is the chestnut colt, EARN YOUR STRIPES, who won impressively among maidens at seven furlongs on Saturday, clocking a fast 1:25.3 in a near 12-length victory.
Another impressive Nunes runner is SUPREME SOUL, a half-brother to Diamond Mile runner-up BIGDADDYKOOL. SUPREME SOUL won at a mile on December 8, posting 1:41.2 in an eight-and-a-half length win against maidens.
Supreme Ventures Limited Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes possible runners and trainers:
Braeton Gigolo – Derrick Martin
Cairo – Lincoln Lungs
Duke – Richard Azan
Earn Your Striupes – Anthony Nunes
El Gringo – Wayne DaCosta
Juice Man – Anthony Nunes
Riddim Up – Wayne DaCosta
Rohan Kabir – Richard Azan
Rojorn Di Pilot – Wayne DaCosta
Roy Rogers – Dennis Lee
Run Thatcher Run – Wayne DaCosta
Scoobert – Richard Azan
Sentient – Gary Subratie
Sir Ian Links – Wayne DaCosta
Supreme Soul – Anthony Nunes
Toona Ciliata – Anthony Nunes
Tricky One – Anthony Nunes
Universal Boss – Anthony Nunes
Corazon – Anthony Nunes
Enedina – Lorenzo Robinson
Envisaged – Anthony Nunes
Matriarch – Anthony Nunes
Top Shelf – Patrick Fong