End the year with 'Bigdaddy'
BIGDADDYKOOL, the most improved three-year-old in training, should cap his year with victory in the marathon Harry Jackson Memorial, facing five rivals, including three of his stablemates, at a mile-and-a-half.
Built like a stretch limo and well suited for the distance, Anthony Nunes' BIGDADDYKOOL quickly matured from plodder to classic contender, landing the Lotto Classic Governor's Cup as a non-winner-of-two.
A month later, he ran his heart out to past the post second behind FUTURE KING in an eventful Jamaica Derby handed to his stablemate, third-past-the-post ORPHEUS.
He returned much improved for the St Leger in July to beat FUTURE KING and ORPHEUS out of sight, winning by 14 lengths to cement his status as the best three-year-old stayer in town.
Facing older horses in three subsequent races, BIGDADDYKOOL chased home United States-bred LONG RUNNING TRAIN in the Nigel Nunes Memorial at nine furlongs and 25 yards before skipping class to tackle grade-one horses in November's 10-furlong Superstakes.
BIGDADDYKOOL passed the Superstakes test with flying colours, handed the race in the stewards' room after first-past-the-post FRANFIELD was disqualified for drifting the big gelding in the final half furlong.
The Diamond Mile was always an uphill task against middle-distance star SEEKING MY DREAM, who won with aplomb but BIGDADDYKOOL emerged from the chasing pack to finish second behind the defending champion's stakes record-equalling time of 1:36.2
Having established himself as the best stayer at the back end of the season, none of his three stablemates - PIANO MAN, HEY CHAMP and HOUDINI'S MAGIC - are good enough to stop him at a mile-and-a-half in the Harry Jackson.
TRADITIONAL PRINCE can't outstay him, not even at a mile. BRAWN will get the distance. However, he is too close in the handicaps to win a match race with BIGDADDYKOOL.