Saturday 22 February, 2020

Nunes looks set to dominate Heroes Day race card

Anthony Nunes

Anthony Nunes

LEADING trainer Anthony Nunes has ganged Monday’s seven-and-a-half furlong open allowance, the fifth event, with five runners, pitting his Triple Crown winner, SUPREME SOUL, against SUPERLUMINAL in a rematch after their Mark My Word Trophy battle at nine furlongs and 25 yards, a month ago, at Caymanas Park.

Nunes, sitting on a reduced lead in the trainers’ stakes race after champion Wayne DaCosta rallied to cut off more than $3 million for the last four race meets, has 16 runners in this afternoon’s 10-race card, aiming to sweep five of the first six events with ante-post favourites KALAHARI, PRINCESS AVA, EARN YOUR STRIPES, SUPREME SOUL and two-year-old debutant, ROYAL APPROACH.

However, SUPREME SOUL, who was rested for two months after his St Leger win, and reasonably busy at exercise heading into the Mark My Word, in which he was in receipt of seven pounds from SUPERLUMINAL, hasn’t had a speed gallop since finishing down the track in the 10-furlong Superstakes two weeks ago.

In contrast, a nine-pound swing in the scale favours SUPERLUMINAL, who will be more at home going  seven and a half furlongs, the distance at which he clocked 1:31.1, beating HOUDINI’S MAGIC in March’s King Plate.

Shane Ellis, who partnered SUPREME SOUL to Triple Crown glory, is aboard Nunes’ charge whereas Omar Walker, SUPERLUMINAL’s regular rider, has been retained by trainer Ian Parsard for the 2.15 pm event .

First post for the 10-race card is noon.

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