Supreme Soul wins St Leger to complete Triple Crown
Trainer Anthony Nunes won his first Triple Crown with SUPREME SOUL.
Anthony Nunes won his first Triple Crown with SUPREME SOUL, sweeping the first four places in the final classic of the season.
SUPREME SOUL overcame hoof problems, which forced him to complete his training at sea, to overhaul stablemate TOONA CILIATA, who had joined him to attack another Nunes runner, long-time leader, EARN YOUR STRIPES, coming off the home turn.
Battling along the rail, the 2000 Guineas and Jamaica Derby, rallied strongly to add the final Triple Crown jewel by a short head from TOONA CILIATA.
PRINCESS AVA, the Jamaica Oaks runner-up ran her best-ever race at odds of 46-1 despite having to change course at least three times in the stretch run, eventually finishing a half-length behind.
EARN YOUR STRIPES stayed on for fourth ahead of SENTIENT, who never appeared to pose a threat at any stage, a below-par performance after finishing second in the Governor's Cup and Jamaica Derby.
Nunes' feat of sweeping the first four places in the St Leger earned him $3.26m in stakes, plus $546,000 from the ninth, which he won with 40-1 outsider, BRUCE WAYNE, heaping another $3.7m-plus on the approximately $17m he started the day ahead of defending champion, Wayne DaCosta, who also saddled two winners.
DaCosta earned $1.75m from saddling the first two past the post in the opening event for two-year-olds, ENGLAND' ROSE and EAGLE ONE, plus 13-1 stinger, TIME FOR A KOLA, in the eighth, kept him second ahead of Gary Subratie.
Walker and apprentice Raddesh Roman rode two winners apiece on the 12-race card. Walker opened the programme with an armchair ride aboard smart ENGLAND'S ROSE at four furlongs straight and returned to boot home SUPERLUMINAL in the Owen Silvera Memorial at a mile.
Roman won astride five-year-old LOVERS STRIKE, beating younger maidens in the sixth at six and a half furlongs and closed his tally with TIME FOR A KOLA.
A carnival of racing awaits punters, starting Thursday, Emancipation Day, followed by weekend racing on Saturday and Independence Day, next week Tuesday.