Horse Racing

Inaugural running of Miracle Man Cup attracts 20 starters

BY OBSERVER RACING
WRITER

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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The first running of the Miracle Man Cup on Boxing Day (December 26, 2018) has attracted 20 starters.

The Miracle Man Cup replaces the long-established Harry Jackson Memorial Cup, one of the usual Boxing Day treats for many years. The Miracle Man Cup is for Grade 1 horses and is to be run over nine furlongs and 25 yards/1820 metres.

Heading the handicaps of the 20 horses entered is recent Diamond Mile conqueror Will In Charge with 126 lb. Based on comments from the trainer Robert Pearson, Will In Charge is now resting after his excellent exploits during this year in preparation for the 2019 season.

Just below Will In Charge in the handicaps is She's A Maneater who was a late non-starter in the December 1, Diamond Mile but who returned to the track on Saturday last (December 15) and gave a scintillating performance over five and a half furlong (1,100 metres) when defeating Chace The Great and Mr Universe.

The Miracle Man Cup is dominated by the two title chasing trainers, Anthony Nunes and Wayne DaCosta with the former provisionally entering six horses and the latter 10 horses.

The Nunes lot of six is led by Bigdaddykool who came with a good late effort in the Diamond Mile, just failing to nip an idling Will In Charge in the end.

Of the non-DaCosta/Nunes entries in the Miracle Man provisionally entered are the tough and consistent Another Bullet trained by Patrick Lynch, the improving foreigner Saratoga Sight trained by Gary Subratie and Superluminal, trained by Ian Parsard who returned to winning ways on Saturday last over eight and a half furlongs.

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