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Nunes extends lead over DaCosta to $1.56 million

Published:Sunday | December 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMAinsley Walters
SUPREME SOUL, ridden by Shane Ellis, winning the seventh race, the Andrew H.B. Aguilar Memorial Cup, at Caymanas Park, yesterday.

Anthony Nunes remained on course yesterday to snap Wayne DaCosta's 12-year reign at Caymanas Park, responding to his rival's double with a three-timer, extending his stakes lead to $1.56 million over the 17-time champion trainer.

Starting the day with a $924,550 lead, Nunes, hunting his first trainers' title, matched DaCosta's two winners, STORM and STRANGER DANGER, with a stinging three-timer - SUPREME SOUL, FOOT SOLDIER and KJ EXPRESS - who got a bullet start to go gate-to-wire in the closing 11th event.

Nunes grabbed the upper hand last Saturday when his BIGDADDYKOOL earned $2.2 million for second in the Diamond Mile behind WILL IN CHARGE, following the late scratch of the pre-race favourite, DaCosta's SHE'S A MANEATER, who bolted prior to the start of the $13.9 million event.

Nunes' showed off his prowess with what seems a never-ending stream of local-bred two-year-olds as his SUPREME SOUL made short work of DaCosta's EL GRINGO in the Andrew HB Aguilar Memorial at a mile for maidens, clocking 1:41.2 minutes, an ominous sign with the $4 million Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes expected to be the championship decider.

Meanwhile, DaCosta's imported STRANGER DANGER was impressive in turning back Nunes' local-bred, UNIVERSAL BOSS, clocking 1:12.1 minutes for six furlongs in a six-and-a-half length romp to land the Dye Job Sprint.

Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Wednesday then next Saturday when SHE'S A MANEATER could line up in a five and a half furlong sprint ahead of the Miracle Man at nine furlongs and 25 yards on Boxing Day.