Easy Viceroy Trophy win for Bigdaddykool
FOR the second consecutive running, the favourite in the nine-furlong Viceroy Trophy left the gate sprawling, SHE’S A MANEATER last year and WILL IN CHARGE yesterday, finishing next to last behind Anthony Nunes’ BIGDADDYKOOL.
From the moment WILL IN CHARGE left the gate on his face, coming almost to a complete stop after being steadied by Robert Halledeen, it became a matter of how much BIGDADDYKOOL would have won by.
Stalking the pace from third with claiming apprentice Reyan Lewis, the six-year-old gelding swooped down on SUPERLUMINAL and HOUDINI’S MAGIC at the top of the lane.
Running with 110lb, the lightest he has ever been in his 27-race career, BIGDADDYKOOL swept past an exhausted HOUDINI’S MAGIC midway the stretch run, winning by five and a half lengths in 1:50.0.
MAMDEEN’S LEAD CUT
Lewis, who teamed up with Nunes for a jockey-trainer two-timer, riding a well-timed race aboard BIG BANG to tag BLACK RIVER at eight and a half furlongs, won three races across the two-day carnival, reducing Christopher Mamdeen’s lead to 10 atop the riders’ standings, moving to 43 winners.
Nunes, who opened the 10-race card with BIG BANG, pushed his lead atop the trainers’ standings to approximately $17.5 million in stakes ahead of Wayne DaCosta as HOUDINI’S MAGIC, overhauled by BIGDADDYKOOL a furlong and a half out, stayed on for second, completing the stable exacta . Nunes’ other runner in the six-horse field, SOTOMAYOR, finished fourth.
DaCosta, an 18-time champion, sitting on 14 consecutive titles, rallied late in the day after falling $18.5 million behind, landing the ninth event with 16-1 outsider YAYA’S DREAM, who outbattled stablemate DRUMMER BOY and SIR JHUNJHUN WALA at five furlongs straight.