Horse Racing

The 'Express' pulls in

Observer writer

Friday, December 14, 2018

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K J Express brought the 11-race programme at Caymanas Park on Saturday to a close with a much-needed win to tighten the screws on the trainers' championship title race in favour of new leader Anthony Nunes.

Putting aside the championship considerations, it was a good win for all concerned seeing that the three-year-old roan gelding put in a clicker on last as the 9-5 chance going five furlongs (1,000m) round on November 21 after he was just beaten by a short head in his previous race over five and a half furlongs (1,100m) on November 3.

It was therefore little wonder trainer Nunes was so pleased with the horse's effort from the evening's final event saying: “It was a nice win for K J Express. The last time he ran, he missed the break at the gates and that was horrible to his chances and if he does not get the lead from the off or near to the lead, then he is not as effective a competitor as we would expect him to be. But he got a real flyer from the gates today and he ran the way we expected him to run when he last competed.

“Regarding the championship, as I said before, it is certainly not over. We have five race days remaining and certainly we do not expect Mr DaCosta to roll over, lie down and give it to me so, we will, therefore, have to go on working hard each and every day at every race day as there are a lot of races to be run between now and January 1,” Nunes pointed out with patent clarity.

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