Horse Racing

Getting to the ‘Soul’ of the matter

Observer staff reporter

Friday, January 18, 2019

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THE Anthony Nunes-conditioned Supreme Soul made a strong statement of intent for the upcoming native-bred three-year-old Classic races with a powerful performance in a Restricted Allowance event on Saturday last, January 12, 2019.

Supreme Soul, who finished a length behind Run Thatcher Run in the Supreme Ventures Limited-sponsored Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes last December over a mile (1,600m), slammed rivals by 8 lengths going 7 furlongs (1,400m) in a noteworthy final time of 1:26.0.

Nunes said that the win was expected and that his charge would be better for the longer races to come.

“It [the performance] was alright. We expected him to win because we felt that Custer is a sprinter and he ( Supreme Soul) represented the class horse in the race, so we expected him to put in that type of performance.

“Well [for the Classic races] the longer you go, the better it is going to be for Supreme Soul. Shane (Ellis) had to ask him to go a lot sooner than he wanted to and so, I imagine that when he ( Supreme Soul) is going longer, he can go against the bit and relax. I expect him to be a better horse when you save him for one run,” Nunes expressed to the Supreme Racing Guide.

Ellis also weighed in on Supreme Soul's effort.

“It was a good performance by Supreme Soul. He is going places and he will better for the Classic races which get underway in a couple of months,” Ellis said.

Supreme Soul broke well but after a couple of strides leaving the starting gates, he had to settle in second position chasing the speed of Custer (Dane Nelson) who led the field at a merry clip.

Supreme Soul stuck to the task even when Custer upped the tempo leaving the half-mile (800m) and when approaching the final bend, Supreme Soul was already on the shoulders of Custer entering the straight.

Turning for home on the outside of Custer, Ellis changed his hold and with a couple of cracks of the whip, Supreme Soul responded and sprinted clear of rivals and ran out an easy winner in the end.

Stable companion Tricky One (Trevor Simpson) came through well for second place as Dyna's Pride (Kaiman McGregor) finished in third spot ahead of Custer in fourth.

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