Triple for trainer Nunes
IN-FORM trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes continued where he left off last season, saddling three winners on the McKay Security Limited-sponsored 10-race programme at Caymanas Park yesterday, including the grey SOY EL SENOR in the New Year's Day Trophy.
Offering odds of 2-1 in the 1300-metre co-feature for four-year-olds and up, SOY EL SENOR, ridden by bang-in-form stable apprentice Linton Steadman, got first run (inside) on the howling 1-5 favourite BUBBLING KITTEN entering the straight, and under a bustling ride, held her at bay by 11/2 lengths for a decisive victory.
It was SOY EL SENOR's second consecutive win over the distance and the 4-y-o son of He'stherealthing - Jose Marsan completed a triple for Nunes, who was awarded the second race in Stewards' Room via 5-1 chance HELLO LADY following the disqualification of first-past-the-post MY COMPANION.
He also won the third with 1-2
favourite LEGENDARY PLEASURE, with Steadman aboard.
Meanwhile, the $1 million renewal of the McKay Security Trophy over 1820 metres for $180,000 claimers resulted in a close finish, with 2-1 chance BATIDOR DE MUNDO staving off the fast-finishing BARS OF GOLD (6-1) by a neck in a field of 12.
Earlier in the afternoon, trainer Gary Subratie completed a double when AWESOME DESTINY romped home as the 3-5 favourite in the CTL Fan Appreciation Day Trophy overnight allowance race over 1820 metres.