Jittery Zugulu leaves trainers on edge
ALL eyes will be on Richard Azan's ZUGULU when the talented but fractious colt heads to the gate for today's Pick-3 Super Challenge at Caymanas Park. On Superstakes Day, November 14, ZUGULU held up the start of the Coca Cola Juvenile Sprint for almost 10 minutes before being coaxed into the gate blindfolded.
Top trainers Philip Feanny and Wayne DaCosta have expressed concerns about the effect any possible delay to the start of the Pick-3 Super Challenge could have on their horses should ZUGULU be loaded last.
"It is unfair for a horse, who gives trouble to enter the gate, to go in last," said DaCosta, whose DREAMLINER, is hunting back-to-back wins in the Supreme Ventures Limited Two-Year-Old Series after winning last month's Cash Pot Trophy.
Meanwhile, Feanny, who will have two runners in the $3.6m race Cash Pot fourth-place SORRENTINO'S STAR and SIMPLY THE BEST said he has no intention to sit and watch his horses stand in the gate should ZUGULU resort to his regular antics if loaded last.
"I won't have my horse in the gate, waiting 10 minutes for ZUGULU to load. If a horse gives trouble to load, he must be loaded first. You can't expect horses to sit waiting on you for 10 minutes," he said.
Racing Secretary Denzil Miller on Wednesday said fractious ZUGULU has shown "some progress" since returning to the gate following his antics.
However, he did not commit to saying whether the high-strung colt would be loaded first, as suggested by Feanny and DaCosta.
Asked whether the temperamental colt will be first into the gate for the 1400-metre race," Miller said that would be decided on the day.
"When he gets to the gate, we will analyse the behaviour of ZUGULU and take it from there," he said.