Trainer Gary Subratie left the island on Tuesday for Trinidad and Tobago where he will prepare the Jamaican-bred horses BIGMAN IN TOWN and the recent T&T Oaks winner PERFECT DAY for the Royal Oak Derby over 10 furlongs on Tuesday, September 24 at Santa Rosa Park.
This will be the second time in almost a month that Subratie will be visiting the twin island republic for a major race.
He made his first ever visit to the twin island republic for the August 31 Oaks in which the filly PERFECT DAY provided Subratie and top owner Baskaran Basswah with an easy victory.
PERFECT DAY and BIGMAN IN TOWN are owned by Basswah, who shipped both horses to Trinidad in the summer to continue their racing careers at Santa Rosa.
To date, Subratie has three wins from as many starts at Santa Rosa, as PERFECT DAY won her first race there a month earlier with assistant Marvin Campbell deputising in the trainer's absence.
Speaking at Caymanas Park last Saturday, Subratie said he felt good about the chances of both horses, particularly the chestnut colt BIGMAN IN TOWN, who won by a resounding margin on his T&T debut August 17.
"By virtue of that performance, BIGMAN IN TOWN will start a howling favourite and barring unforeseen circumstances, I expect him to win," he said.
"I am expecting a good run from PERFECT DAY as well. She has improved since racing in Trinidad and it would be nice to see her completing the quinella with BIGMAN IN TOWN," he added.
Subratie confirmed that BIGMAN IN TOWN will be ridden by top American jockey Javier Castellano and PERFECT DAY by Jamaican jockey Shane Ellis. He further stated:
"BIG MAN IN TOWN failed to win the Jamaica Derby as the favourite back in June, so I am hoping that like BRUCEONTHELOOSE some years ago, he can make amends in the Trinidad Derby.
"Whether he'll return to Jamaica for the Superstakes in November is left to be seen," he concluded.