Monday 17 February, 2020

Title-chasing trainer Anthony Nunes looks set to star on midweek card

Title-chasing trainer Anthony Nunes has eyes on a third consecutive two-timer at Cayamanas Park in his bid to overhaul champion Wayne DaCosta, who leads him by $2.7m atop the stakes standings.

 

Both trainers have four runners apiece on Wednesday’s 10-race card with Nunes appearing to have the upper hand, especially with down-in-class ORPHEUS in the sixth event and K J EXPRESS in the 10th at five furlongs round.

 

ORPHEUS has not been busy at exercise but the five-year-old horse has made his way back down to overnight allowance where he won in January and followed-up with a victory among open allowance runners.

 

He runs well at any distance and narrowly lost at five furlong straight to CAMPESINO in July, competing among open allowance runners.

 

Meanwhile, the jockeys’ title race picked up steam last Saturday with Nunes’ go-to rider, Panamanian Dick Cardenas, booting home a three-timer to pull within seven winners of DaCosta-backed Anthony Thomas.

 

The day’s final event, a five-furlong round sprint, pits the rival stables against each other, Cardenas astride Nunes’ K J EXPRESS and Thomas on SERGEANT RECKLESS, who now reports out of DaCosta’s barn, bought privately from Philip Feanny after going down by a neck to FASHIONISTA last Wednesday.

 

KJ EXPRESS and SERGEANT RECKLESS met two and a half weeks ago at five and a half furlongs when  K J EXPRESS narrowly lost to GARRINCHA and had SERGEANT RECKLESS two lengths behind in third place.

 

With the distance reduced by a half-furlong, speedy K J EXPRESS should again get the better of SERGEANT RECKLESS.

 

First post is 11:55 a.m.

 

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