Patriarch slams Pick3 rivals
PATRIARCH yesterday demolished his seven rivals in the 1400-metre Pick3 Super Challenge trophy race, a result made even more predictable with the withdrawal of his lone threat, ANOTHER VIGOROUS.
Partnered by regular rider Dick Cardenas, Anthony Nunes's PATRIARCH left the gate like a scared hare, opening up a huge lead on COMMANDER TWO.
Similar to his victory in last month's Cash Pot Trophy over ANOTHER VIGOROUS, PATRIARCH, a 2-5 favourite, coasted to the top of the straight and changed gears when COMMANDER TWO attempted a feeble challenge in the stretch run.
Pushed out by Cardenas, the Casual Trick-Electrifying colt romped home by six lengths for a fourth consecutive win in a decent 1:25.3 for the distance, leaving COMMANDER TWO floundering in his wake.
PATRIARCH's Cash Pot and Pick3 victories have him on course to sweep the Supreme Ventures Limited Two-Year-Old Series trilogy in the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes at a mile on Boxing Day.
The speedy colt's win in the $3.6m race has reignited interest in the trainers' title duel between Nunes and champion Wayne DaCosta.
DAC0STa STARTED AHEAD
DaCosta started the day $4.3 million ahead of his persistent rival, who halved his lead with two wins to finish $2.1 million behind the champion trainer, whose lone victory on the 11-race card was GOLDEN BULLET in the fifth event.
The championship will be decided by Saturday's $14.2 million Diamond Mile, which carries a winner's purse of $6 million.
Nunes's hopes of toppling DaCosta rests with the pair of HOUDINI' S MAGIC and BIGDADDYKOOL, runner-up to DaCosta's Triple Crown champion, SHE'S A MANEATER, in the November 11 Superstakes.
Nunes's other winner was SIEMPRE BUENO, who landed the seventh event at odds of 7-1 with Cardenas aboard. Punters were thrown off by SIEMPRE BUENO's dismal run in the Caribbean Sprint two weeks prior, more so by the chestnut horse being declared lame after the event.
Wayne Parchment, the other trainer with two winners on the programme, also had a big upsetter, 25-1 shocker HELENA in the third event, the first Pick-9 race, a dagger which forced a $4.4 million carry-over to next Saturday's Diamond Mile.
Parchment completed his double with ZEPHYR, who fought off LITTLE BIG HORN and lasted home to land the ninth ahead of PRINCESS EMANUELLE.
Dane Nelson, who will ride SHE'S A MANEATER in the Diamond Mile, warmed up with back-to-back winners - MONEYNEVERSLEEP and GOLDEN BULLET in the fourth and fifth races, equalling Cardenas, who will be aboard BIGDADDYKOOL.