Race on to get Ali Baba ready for Diamond Mile
TRAINER Wayne DaCosta is hoping ALI BABA has recovered from a sore joint which had caused him to finish down the track in the Coca Cola Mile, November 14, behind PHINEAS and SEEKING MY DREAM.
One of six entries in Saturday's $13.5m Supreme Ventures Limited Diamond Mile at Caymanas Park, ALI BABA started as the second favourite for the Coca Cola Mile, behind stablemate SEEKING MY DREAM. However, he failed to fire and finished next-to-last in the nine-horse field, confirming his exercise reports of a week prior when soundly beaten by SEEKING MY DREAM in a seven-furlong gallop.
"He had a joint issue. The joint was inflamed. The vet worked on it and he figured he was okay but he was a bit sore," the 14-time champion trainer said after the Superstakes.
"He was given some time off, so we will see what happens. He is sound ,but just sore on the joint. Let's hope rest will help him to get away that soreness," he added.
ALI BABA was spotted at exercise on Saturday morning, galloping five and a half furlongs in 1:07.0, the fastest time at the distance that morning.
One of the most consistent horses in training this season, ALI BABA won four consecutive races, January to April, culminating in a one-length victory over stablemate SEEKING MY DREAM in the 2000 Guineas.
He is one of six runners the 14-time champion trainer will have in the inaugural Diamond Mile, which boasts the richest purse for a horse race in the English-speaking Caribbean.
DaCosta's leading lights for the event are SEEKING MY DREAM and seasoned grade-one campaigner
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