Wednesday 13 November, 2019

Wayne DaCosta, Anthony Nunes showdown at Caymanas Park today

Anthony Nunes (left) and defending 18-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta are locked in an interesting battle in the trainers' championships. Nunes is hunting his first championship title.

Anthony Nunes (left) and defending 18-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta are locked in an interesting battle in the trainers' championships. Nunes is hunting his first championship title.

A carnival of horse racing kicks off at Caymanas Park on Friday with the two-day Diamond Mile meet followed by Sunday’s annual Yearling Sale at which future champions of Caribbean racing will change hands with buyers expected from Trinidad and Tobago.

Highlighting the dual meet is the trainers’ championship battle between leader Anthony Nunes and defending 18-time champion, Wayne DaCosta, who have 27 starters between them on the 11-race card.

Nunes, hunting his first title, swept the Triple Crown with SUPREME SOUL and holds an $11m lead. However, DaCosta is expected to sweep the top two spots in Saturday’s Diamond Mile, earning at least $9m, putting Nunes under pressure to scrap for purse money, starting Friday.

Nunes has 14 runners on Friday’s programme, led by EARN YOUR STRIPES in the 10th, the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Stakes. EARN YOUR STRIPES failed to stay nine furlongs and 25 yards last time out but gets the ideal distance, seven furlongs, to make amends.

Meanwhile, DaCosta, should land  the second and third races, six-and-a-half furlong events for two-year-olds, locked with imported debutant, UNCLE POLLY, and KING ARTHUR, respectively. The champion trainer also has ante-post favourite, BIG BLACK NATION, going five furlongs straight in the sixth.

Nunes’ LATAPY looks good in the seventh event but faces Paul Charlton’s imported ALHAMDULILLAH, who appeared improved in his last race.

PRINCE CHARLES also has a live shot for Nunes in the eighth, the six-and-a-half furlongs of the Supreme Ventures Diamond Sprint Trophy, after clocking 59.1  to win at five furlongs round last Saturday.

First post for Friday is 11:30 am.

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