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Six-pack for DaCosta

Published:Friday | November 27, 2015 | 11:00 AMOrville Clarke
The 2015 Cal’s Jamaica Derby winner SEEKING MY DREAM (Omar Walker up) is one of six Wayne DaCosta-trained horses in the Diamond Mile.

Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta will saddle six horses in the inaugural running of the $13.5 million Supreme Ventures Diamond Mile (grade one) at Caymanas Park on Saturday, December 5.

Entries closed earlier this week with the final 16 selected based on lifetime earnings.

Topping the list is 2013 derby and St Leger winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, one of six horses from the stables of 14-time champion DaCosta. He is followed by two-time Superstakes winner and outgoing Horse of the Year TYPEWRITER from the Spencer Chung stables; stable-companion COMMANDING CHIEF; the DaCosta-trained ALL CORRECT; reigning champion sprinter POTCHEEN from the Harry Parsard stable; and stable-companion UPPA TUNE, one of three imported horses in the top 16.

Next comes UNCLE TAF, who is trained by Solomon Sharpe; the Patrick Lynch-trained TRADITIONAL PRINCE; DaCosta's HOVER CRAFT; recent Burger King Superstakes winner FRANFIELD from the stables of Richard Azan; this year's Cal's derby winner SEEKING MY DREAM; who is conditioned by Wayne DaCosta; the Fitzroy Glispie-trained TIMEFORARMS, as well as this year's 2000 Guineas winner ALI BABA from the DaCosta stables; RACING PROSPECT, who is conditioned by Patrick Lynch; the Parsard-trained imported horse PETE'S

WILDONE; and rounding off the top 16, the DaCosta-trained imported horse FORTUNEONEHUNDRED.

The imported horses will carry topweight 57.0kg, four-year-olds and up 55.0kg, while the two three-year-olds ALI BABA and SEEKING MY DREAM have both been allocated 53.0kg.

10 RESERVES

The 10 reserves in order of earnings are CAMPESINO, PHINEAS, CRUCIAL APPEAL, POKER STAR, MIRACLE STAR, PUDDY POOH, BUZZ NIGHTMARE, LONG RUNNING TRAIN, SOUTHERN CRUISE, and BIGBROWNGREYHOPE.

The first 10 past the post will earn purse money, with the owner of the winning horse set to receive a whopping $6.5 million and a commemorative trophy valued at $500,000 to be won outright; second, $2.1 million; third, $1,25 million; fourth, $754,000; fifth, $628,000; sixth, $513,000; seventh, $209,000; eighth, $189,000; ninth, $179,00; and 10th, $169,000. The breeder of the winner will receive $945.000.

No race on the card will offer less than $1 million. The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission will host the Diamond Mile raceday, with support from the Jamaica Racing Commission and Caymanas Track Limited.

Also on the card are the $1.3 million Supreme Ventures Diamond Sprint Trophy over 1300 metres and the $1.3 million Main Event Entertainment Group Trophy over 1500 metres for native-bred three-year-olds, non-winners two races lifetime.