Bigdaddykool to im­press in lower class

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS - STAR Writer

BIGDADDYKOOL, the sec­ondbest horse in the coun­try, gets a drop in class to open al­lowance for Mon­day’s Nigel B Nunes Memo­rial af­ter not win­ning in two grade-one starts since June of this year.

So, the horse that placed sec­ond in four grade-one races, two apiece to WILL IN CHARGE and SHE’S A MANEATER, al­low­ing them weight in each meet­ing, then wins the Harry Jack­son, goes off on a five-month break and places third on re­turn in the Chair­man’s Tro­phy, fol­lowed by the Viceroy Tro­phy, is down in class.

The ra­tio­nale is that the con­di­tions al­low BIGDADDYKOOL to drop class be­cause he has not won in grade one in nine months since the Harry Jack­son Memo­rial. It is ironic, how­ever, that ma­jor­ity of whom he faces have never won an open al­lowance, more so a graded stakes race.

Any thoughts of BIGDADDYKOOL not be­ing ready, hav­ing last raced in June, were dis­pelled at ex­er­cise on Tues­day when he blew away DONTAE, clock­ing 1:05.4 for the last five and a half fur­longs af­ter can­ter­ing away from the win­ning post.

The last time BIGDADDYKOOL worked this well was in prepa­ra­tion for last year’s Su­per­stakes, in which he al­lowed SHE’S A MANEATER 10lb and lost by only two lengths.

Though car­ry­ing top­weight 126lb, the five-year-old geld­ing is so much of a graded stakes twoturn spe­cial­ist that it mat­ters not one bit.

St Leger win­ner MARQUESAS ran a brave race in last month’s Fon­tain­bleu Tro­phy and comes in at 117lb, a farce which should have BIGDADDYKOOL’s trainer, An­thony Nunes, qui­etly laugh­ing to him­self af­ter wit­ness­ing his Oaks-win­ning filly, FAYROUZ, chase and beat the St Leger win­ner at seven and a half fur­longs.

Ian Parsard’s SUPERLUMINAL loves two turns and Wayne DaCosta’s DYS­FUNC­TIONAL is on top of his game, which will make him get the dis­tance. How­ever, they both have sim­i­lar run­ning styles, which, along with LIGHT­NING LILY com­ing to run from in front, means BIGDADDYKOOL should have no prob­lem mow­ing them down in the stretch run.


BIGDADDYKOOL (Lin­ton Stead­man) pow­er­ing to vic­tory in the Le­gal Light Tro­phy event at Cay­manas Park on Satur­day, April 22, 2017.

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