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Bigdaddykool to romp Harry Jackson feature

Published:Saturday | December 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMOrville Clarke
File BIGDADDYKOOL with apprentice Linton Steadman aboard.

The 2016 season comes to a close at Caymanas Park today with an 11-race programme featuring the grade one race over 2400 metres for the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup, which was traditionally run on Boxing Day since its inception 54 years ago but which has been moved for the first time.

Offering a total purse of $1.25 million, the race has attracted six starters, including 'Horse of the Year' contender BIGDADDYKOOL, the season's leading stakes winner with $10.2 million.

One of four horses from the stables of in-form trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes, BIGDADDYKOOL, who recently finished second to SEEKING MY DREAM in the ultra-rich Diamond Mile, can expect stiff competition from stable-companion HOUDINI'S MAGIC, who was third in the Diamond Mile, and the imported colt BRAWN from the Gary Subratie stable.

Although BIGDADDYKOOL just held off the vastly improved HOUDINI'S MAGIC for second in the December 10 Diamond Mile, the Superstakes winner should prove a different kettle going two turns, especially with 2.0kg claiming apprentice Linton Steadman again in the saddle.

IMPRESSIVE RECORD

BIGDADDY boasts an impressive record going two turns, having won the St Leger, Lotto Classic, and the Superstakes (in the stewards' room) following the disqualification of FRANFIELD on November 12.

The three-year-old gelding by Sorrentino out of Beware Baby also finished second in the derby, and with this sort of record over a distance of ground, should outstay rivals from the convenient mark of 54.0kg. If he wins today, his Trinidadian owner, Stephan Narinesingh, could well snatch the 'Horse of the Year' award to go with his champion owner award.

Other firm fancies on the card are STORMING to win the opening race over a mile ahead of old rival BRAVE PROSPECT, BILINGUAL in the third for the Sweet Ruckus Trophy for two-year-olds, HOLY LIGHT in the fifth, TURBO MACHINE in the sixth, and CORALANDO in the ninth.