Royal Assault looks safe in G.A. ‘Sarge’ Bunny Bucknor Memorial
Trainer Anthony Nunes’ Royal Assault is well drawn, widest, at post-position 12 in the G.A. ‘Sarge’ Bunny Bucknor Memorial, Saturday’s 1000-metre straight feature race at Caymanas Park.
Royal Assault hasn’t raced since November 30 and returns on a racing surface which should be a bit heavier after being sanded last weekend.
However, the five-year-old has the best draw in the house, the more compact part of the track. Though he faces race-fit horses such as Force De Jour, Vision and Dancing Queen, Royal Assault is a cut above overnight allowance.
Last time out he beat Talented Tony K at 1100 metres and was fourth in his previous race, the Grade 1 Caribbean Sprint.
Royal Assault had actually placed second in this very race last year, beaten by none other than Buzz Nightmare, who won in 57.1.
Buzz Nightmare raced unbeaten for six months before losing the Caribbean Sprint by a length and a quarter to stablemate Campesino. Royal Assault was only a length behind in fourth.
Linton Steadman, who was aboard Royal Assault for his two wins in his last four starts, has been retained by Nunes.
Post time for the feature is 4:30 p.m. The first of 10 races runs off at 12:15 p.m.