Horse Racing

The 'Soul' within wrapped with class

Observer staff reporter

Friday, December 14, 2018

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Trainer Anthony Nunes is not known to give assessments of his two-year-olds at an early stage, but the leading conditioner believes he may have unearthed another talented juvenile in Supreme Soul who scored an impressive debut win on Saturday.

Being a half-brother to top stayer Bigdaddykool, racing fans and the connections of Supreme Soul were expecting something special for the Soul Warrior progeny after some early eye-catching morning gallops at exercise.

Supreme Souldidn't disappoint as the chestnut colt easily brushed aside rivals in the $900,000 Andrew HB Aguilar Memorial Cup, a maiden special weight event for native-bred two-year-olds over one mile (1,600m).

Ridden by the two-year-old daddy Shane Ellis, Supreme Soul took a back seat for a while in second place when the gates opened, allowing King Tavari (Tevin Foster) to show the way under his postage-stamp load of 50.5 kgs.

Supreme Soul then took over control of the race hitting the five-furlong (1,000m) marker but running the half-mile (800m) turn, El Gringo, under Omar Walker, slipped down into second place and looked threatening as the field approached the straight.

For a second it looked like El Gringo would test Supreme Soul, but once Ellis was able to control the green-running first-time runner, the race turned into a one-sided affair.

Supreme Soul scooted clear to post an emphatic victory by nine lengths from El Gringo with Envisaged (Raddesh Roman) third. The final time was 1:41.2.

Nunes always had a hunch the Trinidadian Chevan Maharaj-owned colt had above-average potential.

“I think certainly he ( Supreme Soul) is one for the future. As a two-year-old, he should improve. I mean, he is a big fellow still filling out his frame and if he fills out that frame, stays healthy and sound he could be anything.

“You know, we asked a lot of him but he showed in the mornings that this is what he wanted to do. I mean, he is half-brother to Bigdaddykool, so he stays forever.

“He was to make his debut three weeks ago, but he had a hoof infection and we had to give him time off and I really missed a gallop and missed some time but he not only showed that he can stay, but maybe he has a little bit of class, and so let's hope he will improve from here,” Nunes offered.

When asked where does his charge go from here, Nunes gave a hint that Supreme Soul might test the waters in the Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes.

The Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes is the third and final leg in the SVL-sponsored Triple Crown series. The race is scheduled to be run over a mile for a purse of $4 million on Boxing Day, December 26, 2018.

“Well, we will see how he comes out of this race first. There is a race on Boxing Day and if he is fine and if he eats well then we could think about running him there as well,” the leading trainer informed.

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