Sammy cameo fails to save Kings

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - – L.S.

Jockey Lin­ton Stead­man aboard BIGDADDYKOOL head­ing back to the win­ners en­clo­sure fol­low­ing his win in the 90TH RUN­NING OF THE (ISP) JA­MAICA ST LEGER over 2000 Me­tres at Cay­manas Park in July.

Vet­eran trainer, Nunes, is con­fi­dent the young horse has what it takes to win the $1 mil­lion purse on Satur­day.

“It is the first time he (BIGDADDYKOOL) is go­ing to run against the top A class older horses like SEEK­ING MY DREAM and PER­FECT NEIGH­BOUR, and so it’s left to be seen if he can man­age them. But I am pretty con­fi­dent in

Nunes’ big­gest con­cern is that his main con­tender has not raced in over two months and he thinks this could have an ef­fect on the out­come, but nev­er­the­less re­mains very op­ti­mistic of his chances.

“He has trained well, I can’t be hap­pier. I would have pre­ferred if he had got­ten a prep race but he had ‘stone’ squeeze about four weeks ago so we ended up miss­ing the Gov­er­nor Cup, which would have been our prep race. So it has been ten weeks, two and a half months be­tween races.

“But he has trained nicely and I thing he can over­come it (A class, older horses). In my mind you are al­ways go­ing to have ques­tion marks un­til the race runs. But ide­ally I would love to have a race four weeks be­fore but it didn’t hap­pen and that is how it is in horse rac­ing some­times, things don’t work out the way you plan. But as far as me pre­par­ing him for this race with that in mind I have no com­plaints,” he said.

Nunes has won the event on three oc­ca­sions and would love a fourth, he also wants to give Trinida­dian owner Stephen Narinesingh his first Su­per­stakes win. DHAKA, Bangladesh, (CMC): ALL-ROUNDER DAR­REN Sammy’s cameo failed to save Ra­jshahi Kings as they slumped to heart-break­ing three-run de­feat to Khulna Ti­tans in the Bangladesh Premier League here yes­ter­day.

Chas­ing 134 for vic­tory at the Shere Bangla Na­tional Sta­dium, Kings came up short on 130 all out off their 20 overs, to lose their open­ing game of the tour­na­ment.

The right-handed Sammy, who is lead­ing the Kings this sea­son, slammed an un­beaten 31 off 23 de­liv­er­ies but it was not enough to get his side over the line.

His three sixes came down the stretch and kept Kings in the hunt but he per­ished at the start of the 18th over, bowled by seamer Shafiul Is­lam.

They needed seven runs off the last over but lost three wick­ets to see their chal­lenge fiz­zle.

Sammy was one of just three play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures with

SAMMY

opener Mominul Haque stroking a top score of 64 off 57 de­liv­er­ies.

Opt­ing to bat first ear­lier, Ti­tans reached 133 for eight off their 20 overs, with West Indies Twenty20 bats­man Ni­cholas Pooran get­ting only 14.

Cap­tain Mah­mudul­lah and Riki Wes­sels both top-scored with 32.

In the other game at the venue, for­mer Bar­ba­dos and West Indies bats­man Dwayne Smith failed with 10 as his Chit­tagong Vik­ings went down to Rang­pur Rid­ers by nine wick­ets.

JER­MAINE BARN­ABY/FREE­LANCE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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