Trainer Nunes starts 2017 with a triple
IN-form trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes continued where he left off last season, saddling three winners on the McKay Security Limited-sponsored 10-race programme at Caymanas Park yesterday, including the grey SOY EL SENOR in the New Year's Day Trophy.
Offering odds of 2-1 in the 1300-metre co-feature for four-year-olds and up, SOY EL SENOR, ridden by bang in-form stable apprentice Linton Steadman, got first run (inside) on the howling 1-5 favourite BUBBLING KITTEN entering the straight and under a bustling ride, held her at bay by 11/2 lengths for a decisive victory.
It was SOY EL SENOR's second consecutive win over the distance and the four-year-old son of He'stherealthing - JosÈ Marsan completed a triple for Nunes, who was awarded the second race in the Stewards' Room via 5-1 chance HELLO LADY following the disqualification of first past the post MY COMPANION (the odds on favourite). He also won the third with 1-2 favourite LEGENDARY PLEASURE by a nose from CHEERS, with Steadman aboard.
Meanwhile, the $1 million renewal of the McKay Security Trophy over 1820 metres for $180,000 claimers, also resulted in a close finish with 2-1 chance BATIDOR DE MUNDO staving off the fast finishing BARS OF GOLD (6-1) by a neck in a field of 12.
It was a fitting victory for BATIDOR DE MUNDO, whose owner/trainer Gregory Forsyth is a security personnel at McKay Security.
Forsyth was elated with the win: "I claimed this horse from trainer Errol Waugh in late October with this race in mind," he disclosed. "Having dropped class for this valuable race, I was pretty confident of victory and although it was close in the end, after he was sent through by the rider Jevanne Erwin at the half mile, showed good battling qualities to hold on for the win."
Earlier in the afternoon, trainer Gary Subratie completed a double when AWESOME DESTINY romped home as the 3-5 favourite in the CTL Fan Appreciation Day Trophy overnight allowance race over 1820 metres.
The American four-year-old filly was ridden by champion apprentice Bebeto Harvey for owners We're Family which includes former JFF president, Lincoln "Happy Sutherland'.
Subratie also won the opening race, the Racing Office Plaque over 1400 metres for maiden three-year-olds with the front running even money chance GREAT FAITH, ridden by former champion Dane Nelson for owner Don Wehby and his father (Oakridge Farms).
Steadman and Erwin shared the riding honours with two winners each.