DaCosta hoping for incident-free Diamond Mile
CHAMPION trainer Wayne DaCosta is keeping fingers crossed that his runners in today's Supreme Ventures Limited Diamond Mile get trouble-free trips in the $13.5m race.
With an appeal pending from the recent Superstakes in which his PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and Spencer Chung's TYPEWRITER were impeded when eventual winner FRANFIELD went by leader UNCLE TAF, DaCosta said a lot will depend on what transpires in the big 16-horse field.
PERFECT NEIGHBOUR finished third in the Superstakes behind Richard Azan's FRANFIELD, who survived a lengthy stewards' enquiry for the incident on the final turn. PERFECT NEIGHBOUR's stablemate, HOVER CRAFT, finished second.
An incident-free Diamond Mile, DaCosta said, should give PERFECT NEIGHBOUR "a great chance".
"Once he gets a clear run, he should have a great chance, based on how he won the Gold Cup," he said of PERFECT NEIGHBOUR's last-furlong charge to collar UPPA TUNE stealing home.
"You could look and say PERFECT NEIGHBOUR will beat UPPA TUNE, going longer, because of how he won the Gold Cup. However, the Gold Cup had seven starters, the Diamond Mile has 16, so many things can come into play, especially with a horse coming from way downtown," he added.
Though FORTUNEONEHUNDRED and SEEKING MY DREAM's pace could keep them out of traffic problems, DaCosta expressed concerns about two of his slower runners.
"HOVER CRAFT is heavy, but has an outside chance. He might get a dream trip. He always seems to be thereabouts at the finishes. In fact, he has beaten PERFECT NEIGHBOUR twice," he said.
"ALL CORRECT is a good old soldier, a little below the class of PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, but it all depends on the trip you get in a race. He may get a dream trip. FORTUNEONEHUNDRED will be heavy with 57 kilos but it will be catch me if you can," the 14-time champion trainer added.