Nunes' Siempre Bueno clocks fast time at Caymanas
Orville Clarke, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Topline trainer Anthony Nunes continued to showcase his bagful of richies in the three-year-old division, thanks to impressive wins by the debutante BERRANCA in division two of the Eight Thirty Sprint and the unbeaten colt SIEMPRE BUENO in the ninth race over 1100 metres.
Of the two, SIEMPRE BUENO was simply awesome in winning the restricted allowance II native-bred three-year-olds non-winners of two.
Owned by Elias Haloute, one of Nunes' leading overseas-based patrons, SIEMPRE BUENO, running as the 1-5 favourite under champion jockey Dane Nelson, made all impressively and was merely racing the clock in the closing stages, winning by all of 10-1/2 lengths from SUPERTRONICS in a field of nine.
If that facile win wasn't enough, SIEMPRE BUENO covered the distance in a very smart time of 1:04.3, behind splits of 23.2 and 46.0 for the first half mile, prompting Nunes to describe him as "something special".
After winning narrowly on his November 30 debut over the round five course, SIEMPRE BUENO was scoped and administered Lasix for this race and came back a different animal, having worked brilliantly since the start of the year.
Earlier on in the programme, BERRANCA, the 8-5 favourite with Jevanne Erwin aboard, made most to win division two of the Eight Thirty Sprint by 2-1/2 lengths from 9-5 chance MOM'S STUDENT and the subsequently disqualified NOTHINGBUTTTHE BEST (9-5).
The chestnut daughter of Adore The Gold - Charity Dance is owned by Trinidadian Stephan Narinesingh, who flew in specifically for the race. Significantly, Narinesngh purchased the Nunes-trained ALACRANN for an undisclosed sum days prior to winning the SVL Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes with a view of "enhancing his brand", as he puts it.
Division I of the Eight Thirty Sprint resulted in a mild upset. Victory went to 5-1 chance MAMA NEITA (Lasix administered), who showed marked improvement to beat the highly fancied debutante SASSY SLEW (2-1) in a driving finish. A bay filly by Storm Craft out of Princess Lorna, MAMA NEITA was ridden by Richard Lunan for owner Winston F. Tracey and trainer Phillip Elliott.
Jockeys Dane Nelson and Shane Ellis had two winners each on the 10-race programme.