Offer too good to turn down
Ainsley Walters, Gleaner Writer
PICK-3 Super Challenge winner ALACRANN was sold to a partnership of Trinidadian owners - Stephan Narinesingh and Christian Gokool - after Barbadian Elias Haloute was presented with an offer "he could not refuse", trainer Anthony Nunes told The Gleaner yesterday.
The three-year-old colt is ante-post favourite for Friday's one-mile $4.25m Supreme Ventures Limited Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes after his storming victory in the November 29 Pick-3 Super Challenge trophy at 1400 metres.
Nunes, who trains for both Narinesingh and Haloute, declined to state the purchase price but described it as "a great offer".
Narinesingh and Haloute part-owned 2011 Derby winner TECHNOMOTO scored a stunning gate-to-wire victory under Panamanian jockey Dick Cardenas.
Champion jockey Dane Nelson has been retained to partner ALACRANN after being jocked off Dwight Chen's COME DANCE WITH ME following his decision to engage Wayne DaCosta's POLLY B in a match race in the Pick-3 Super Challenge.
"André Martin was to have ridden ALACRANN. After he was sold, Gokool asked if the champion rider was available. He knows him. Dane has ridden in Trinidad," Nunes explained.
"I told him Dane was riding BALLON D'OR. He asked if he was available, and I gave Dane the chance to choose," he added, pointing out that Martin, in turn, opted for HOUDINI'S MAGIC ahead of BALLON D'OR.