The 'Daddy' is ready for Burger King Superstakes

Friday, November 03, 2017

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Despite falling victim to Will In Charge twice this season in two crucial preparation races leading to the big prize of the Burger King-sponsored Superstakes, trainer Anthony Nunes believes his champion stayer Bigdaddykool can get it right in the 10-furlong (2,000m) event on November 11.

Bigdaddykool, carrying 57.0 kgs (126 lb) with Linton Steadman, went down by a neck to Will In Charge (Dane Dawkins) with a mere 49.5 kgs (109 lb) in the Prime Minister's Stakes over 10 furlongs (2,000m) in a time of 2:06.2 on August 7.

Then on September 23 in the Governor General's Stakes, again over 10 furlongs (2,000m), Bigdaddykool with 57.0 kgs (126 lb) in his back this time with Dick Cardenas in the irons, suffered another neck defeat from the hoofs of Will In Charge who carried 110 lb (50.0 kgs) in a time of 2:05.1.

“Worse off at the handicaps especially the second time around was rather ridiculous. I mean for a horse ( Will In Charge) to beat him ( Bigdaddykool) in Grade One company by a neck and then return without picking up any weight, what was going to be the difference?

“The result should be the same and it was, and Bigdaddykool lost again. I am not taking anything away from him ( Will In Chrage). I thought Bigdaddykool ran extremely well and we are looking forward to meeting that colt ( Will In Charge) on level terms in the Superstakes on November 11,” Nunes said.

While he is anticipating the rematch with Will In Charge, Nunes opined that the horse they all have to beat in the Burger King Superstakes is this year's Triple Crown winner She's A Maneater, trained by Wayne DaCosta.

“Well, She's A Maneater, I think she is the tough horse in the race. She's A Maneater comes into the race with a mere 52.0 kgs (115 lb) and so she is going to be extremely hard to beat, but we are going to give it our best shot and see what happens,” Nunes said.

Nunes then informed that his charge is training well and it is all systems go on the Saturday of November 11.

Bigdaddykool has been moving well. I mean he is training very well, doing everything being asked of him. He is very happy and we look forward to the race on November 11,” he ended.

— Ruddy Allen




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