It’s Will In Charge for BK Su­per­stakes

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Ains­ley Wal­ters/Gleaner Writer

LAST YEAR, the Su­per­stakes was all about SHE’S A MANEATER and BIGDADDYKOOL, whether the Triple crown-win­ning filly could up­stage the fouryear-old geld­ing, who had won the race in the stew­ards’ room the pre­vi­ous year.

This af­ter­noon, a dance crasher, WILL IN CHARGE, has en­tered the fray on the back of a su­perb Gold Cup per­for­mance, in­flict­ing a sec­ond de­feat in six months on the on­ceim­preg­nable SHE’S A MANEATER, who had etched her name into his­tory by land­ing last year’s Triple Crown, Su­per­stakes and Di­a­mond Mile.

The only ques­tion to be asked of WILL IN CHARGE is whether he can sit level and beat fit-again BIGDADDYKOOL at 10 fur­longs, which, on the weight of his Gold Cup run, con­sid­er­ing he will be the con­trol­ling speed, has to be a ‘yes’.

De­pend­ing in which sad­dle pun­dits sit, le­git­i­mate cases can be made for all three horses, the best lo­cal-breds the coun­try has to of­fer at any dis­tance on the Cay­manas Park cir­cuit.

SHE’S A MANEATER, more than any other horse for the last two decades, pos­si­bly longer, has be­come a house­hold name since win­ning the Triple Crown, Su­per­stakes and Di­a­mond Mile last sea­son.

Un­like the flashy filly, An­thony Nunes’ BIGDADDYKOOL has gone about his busi­ness ex­actly as his name sug­gests, qui­etly im­prov­ing into the coun­try’s top hand­i­cap­per go­ing two turns, handed the 2016 Su­per­stakes in the stew­ards’ room, fol­low­ing the agony of be­ing part of a dou­ble dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion af­ter pass­ing the post sec­ond in the Ja­maica Derby be­hind FU­TURE KING.

PICKED APART

Bur­dened by top­weight at the back end of last sea­son, BIGDADDYKOOL was picked apart by a then rapidly im­prov­ing WILL IN CHARGE and SHE’S A MANEATER in four con­sec­u­tive races be­fore eas­ily win­ning the 12-fur­long Harry Jack­son Memo­rial.

De­but­ing in June, al­most six months af­ter his Harry Jack­son walkover, BIGDADDYKOOL had two blowouts, in­clud­ing a third-place fin­ish in the Chair­man’s Tro­phy be­hind WILL IN CHARGE at seven and a half fur­longs –- his first race back off the long layup.

Hav­ing not won a grade one race since the Harry Jack­son al­lowed Nunes’ run­ner to plun­der open al­lowance com­pany a month ago, win­ning the event named af­ter his trainer’s late fa­ther, the Nigel B Nunes Memo­rial at nine fur­longs and 25 yards.

Since win­ning the Nigel B Nunes BIGDADDYKOOL has been bril­liant at ex­er­cise, putting down fast times, but on a track which has been sus­pi­ciously fast in the morn­ings.

A day be­fore BIGDADDYKOOL clocked 1:12.2 for his last speed gal­lop, SHE’S A MANEATER posted 1:25.0 out of the mile chute for a seven-fur­long work, af­ter be­ing taken off the boil by DaCosta fol­low­ing her third-place fin­ish in the Gold Cup be­hind WILL IN CHARGE.

Whereas the dis­tance is in BIGDADDYKOOL’s ball­park, the hand­i­caps have swung in SHE’S A MANEATER’s favour against both him and WILL IN CHARGE, a five-pound sex al­lowance, the light­est she has been since her dev­as­tat­ing Di­a­mond Mile per­for­mance last year.

WILL IN CHARGE has sim­ply been a rev­e­la­tion this sea­son. Though he was in re­ceipt of seven pounds on both oc­ca­sions that he beat top­weight SHE’S A MANEATER this sea­son, the nine fur­longs and 25 yards Le­gal Light Tro­phy and Gold Cup, his im­mense im­prove­ment is un­ques­tion­able.

On both oc­ca­sions, he gave her fron­trun­ning lessons, most no­tably get­ting within two-fifths of a sec­ond of Eros’ Gold Cup track record, pulling away at the end to win the seven-fur­long event by three and a half lengths.

The man­ner in which WILL IN CHARGE won the Gold Cup makes him the top-rated horse in the coun­try, whose pace and stay­ing abil­ity floored SHE’S A MANEATER on two oc­ca­sions this sea­son, form which BIGDADDYKOOL will find tough to sur­pass in only his fourth race for the sea­son.

WILL IN CHARGE ... will be rid­den by Robert Halledeen.

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