Bigdaddykool to impress in lower class
BIGDADDYKOOL, the second-best horse in the country, gets a drop in class to open allowance for Monday's Nigel B Nunes Memorial after not winning in two grade-one starts since June of this year.
So, the horse that placed second in four grade-one races, two apiece to WILL IN CHARGE and SHE'S A MANEATER, allowing them weight in each meeting, then wins the Harry Jackson, goes off on a five-month break and places third on return in the Chairman's Trophy, followed by the Viceroy Trophy, is down in class.
The rationale is that the conditions allow BIGDADDYKOOL to drop class because he has not won in grade one in nine months since the Harry Jackson Memorial. It is ironic, however, that majority of whom he faces have never won an open allowance, more so a graded stakes race.
Any thoughts of BIGDADDYKOOL not being ready, having last raced in June, were dispelled at exercise on Tuesday when he blew away DONTAE, clocking 1:05.4 for the last five and a half furlongs after cantering away from the winning post.
The last time BIGDADDYKOOL worked this well was in preparation for last year's Superstakes, in which he allowed SHE'S A MANEATER 10lb and lost by only two lengths.
Though carrying topweight 126lb, the five-year-old gelding is so much of a graded stakes two-turn specialist that it matters not one bit.
St Leger winner MARQUESAS ran a brave race in last month's Fontainbleu Trophy and comes in at 117lb, a farce which should have BIGDADDYKOOL's trainer, Anthony Nunes, quietly laughing to himself after witnessing his Oaks-winning filly, FAYROUZ, chase and beat the St Leger winner at seven and a half furlongs.
Ian Parsard's SUPERLUMINAL loves two turns and Wayne DaCosta's DYSFUNCTIONAL is on top of his game, which will make him get the distance. However, they both have similar running styles, which, along with LIGHTNING LILY coming to run from in front, means BIGDADDYKOOL should have no problem mowing them down in the stretch run.