Horse Racing

Nunes holds the handle, DaCosta the blade 

Friday, December 07, 2018

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THE tables that were threatening to turn in the last four race days finally did, as Anthony Nunes is now the leader in the intense battle for the title of champion trainer 2018.

Starting last Saturday's Diamond Mile Race Day just under $1 million behind Wayne DaCosta, Nunes saddled four winners compared with three by DaCosta to push himself in front by just under $1 million.

Nunes was the first to get off the mark when Giaconda won the fifth race earning $662,400 as the winner's share.

DaCosta answered two races after when Run Thatcher Run won the seventh, earning $662,400. Nunes' Earn Your Stripes finished third, picking up $110,400.

Orpheus gave Nunes his second winner when he won the ninth event bringing home $772,800. Bruce Wayne finished in third position to put an additional $128,800 in the Nunes kitty.

DaCosta responded quickly when he won the 10th and 11th races with Brandy and Ricky Ricardo who both earned $717,600.

Nunes levelled the winners to three apiece when Kiss Me Quick won the 12th earning $596,100.

Next came the Diamond Mile.

DaCosta had seven runners present including 3-5 favourite She's A Maneater. But as fate would have it, She's A Maneater bolted before the start of the race and was declared a late non-starter. Nunes' lone runner in the Diamond Mile — Bigdaddykool — finished second, earning a vital $2.2 million. However, DaCosta earned $1.131 million after finishing in sixth, seventh, ninth and 10th places.

Nunes wrapped up the day with Exhilarate (Dick Cardenas) winning the night cap and $745,200.

Nunes ended the Diamond Mile Race Day with over $5.4 million in earnings, while DaCosta banked $3.5 million.

Nunes, with stakes earnings of $59,685,950 starts tomorrow's race meet $924,550 ahead of DaCosta with $58,761,400.

On tomorrow's 11-race programme, Nunes saddles nine runners, while DaCosta has eight as the intrigue continues apace.


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