Stay with DaCosta’s Brandy

first_imgBATTLE lines have been drawn, wagers made, and sides taken throughout Caymanas Park as the respective championships, particularly trainers’ and jockeys’, have set tongues wagging ahead of the two biggest racemeets at the back end of the racing calendar – next Saturday’s Superstakes and the Diamond Mile on December 1.Starting this afternoon, the first of 13 racemeets spread between November 3 and December 29, jockeys Anthony Thomas and Panamanian Dick Cardenas, riding out of opposing barns – champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and perennial rival, Anthony Nunes – will have their backers cheering every winner.Top jock Thomas was aboard three winners on Wednesday to extend his lead to 10 over Cardenas, who started the day facing a deficit of eight.They took their fight down to the final race on the programme, which Cardenas won aboard Anthony Nunes’ 5-2 chance, DIOSA DE ORO, holding off a late charge from Thomas astride Gary Griffiths’ NIGHT LIGHT, registering his lone winner of the day.Cardenas’ narrow victory with DIOSA DE ORO also excited the trainers’ battle between Nunes and DaCosta, who won back-to-back races with LADY BLUE and WINTER IS COMING, extending his lead to $1.9 million after starting the day $1.2 million in front.The rivalry continues this afternoon with Thomas aboard DaCosta’s BRANDY, who deserves another chance in the ninth race, facing Cardenas astride Nunes’ KJ EXPRESS in a five and a half furlong sprint for non-winners-of-two races and imported maidens.Nunes’ speedy KJ EXPRESS is drawn exactly beside BRANDY in the 12-horse field.BRANDY fouled-up as a 1-9 favourite on Wednesday, competing in her second race in 11 days, coming off a six-month layup. She was expected to easily land the seven-furlong event after a fast-finishing second behind NECROMANCER at five-and-half on October 20.However, leaving the gate slowly in the first race of the day, on a track made fast by overnight rain, left the filly one-paced and unable to catch the inform colts, SON SON and BAD BOY TRUMP, who came home at odds of 11 and 10-1, respectively.BRANDY, however, is a better bet at today’s distance with speedsters such as GOLDEN DESTINY, MISS LINDA WRAY, and SERGEANT RECKLESS in the line-up to take on KJ EXPRESS, who will try making a run for home but would have definitely preferred the minimum trip.last_img

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