Horse Racing

Trainer Anthony Nunes decries Mile handicaps

Slams Racing Commission for not hearing appeal

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS
Observer writer

Friday, November 10, 2017



In addition to Bigdaddykool's presence in the Burger King Superstakes, trainer Anthony Nunes believes he will also be well represented both in the Caribbean Sprint Championship and the Invitational Mile on Super Day, tomorrow at Caymanas Park.

Nunes saddles Houdini's Magic and Bilingual in the Invitational Mile, with the former carrying top weight of 57.0 kg (126 lb), and this is a major bother for him. The Invitational Mile is a Grade One handicap race run for a purse of $1.35 million.

“On the handicaps that we've received, I believe that Lottery Ticket should be the favourite based on those handicaps. I do not agree with the handicaps for her ( Lottery Ticket) receiving 6.0 kg (13 lb) from Houdini's Magic.

“It is a bit over the top, seeing we just ran in the Gold Cup and gave her 4.0 kg (nine pounds) and she ran in front of me. I do not know how they arrived at the realisation that she should get an additional two kilogrammes. This should be a question for the promoter to answer. So, on paper, Lottery Ticket should be the winner.

“I have since lodged a complaint against the handicaps with the revelant body, which is the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC), and despite several attempts at communicating with the principals of the JRC, all I have been getting is a runaround. I have a right to appeal, I have done so within the required time, yet the appeal cannot be heard because of what I am now hearing (Thursday morning) — because a quorum cannot be assembled by the commission. This to me is gross negiligence and a slight on the good name of racing,” Nunes stated emphatically.

As to the chances of his other horses, Nunes said:

Bilingual comes in well at the handicaps, but this is Grade One and not Overnight Allowance, so this is a different level of horses. I think if the handicaps were a little more realistic Houdini's Magic would have had a decent chance, but it is stacked against him now,” Nunes said.

In the Caribbean Sprint Championship, which is a Grade One weight for age event run over six furlongs (1,200m) for a purse of $2 million, Nunes has Orpheus and Siempre Bueno, who have both regained form, and he expects them to do well.

“I think that the sprint is very competitive on paper. The obvious favourites are Campesino, Chace The Great and Buzz Nightmare, if he runs. I am not sure that he is starting, as he has been infrequent in his racing this year. I have Siempre Bueno and Orpheus in there. I am happy with the progress of my entries, as over the last three months they have done fairly well and I think they have as good a chance as any. Orpheus is, to my mind, an outsider who has the capability and talent to upset his more fancied rivals,” said Nunes.

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