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Bigman In Town to wage War in feature
With the National Gas Company (NGC) sponsoring the Trinidad Derby, just two days away, my confident selection is the Gary Subratie-trained chestnut colt Bigman In Town. The Baskaran Bassawh-owned thoroughbred will seek to continue the winning ways of Jamaican-bred horses in our premier three-year-old event on Republic Day (Tuesday). This year’s Derby has threatened to be one of the best in many years and from my vantage point, the winner will come from the trio of Bigman In Town, War of Words and Headline News. Bigman In Town was a bit disappointing in the Jamaican “Triple Crown,” where he was made favourite for every event but finished third in the Guineas, second in the Governor Cup and fourth in the final leg, the Jamaican Derby over 2,400 metres.
In the second leg, the Governor’s Cup over 200 metres, Bigman In Town finished second to Uncle Taf. That day he was unfortunate and went down by half-a-length. Now Bigman In Town is in town ready to win our $300,000 first-prize cheque for Bassawh. Based on his debut run at Santa Rosa Park, in Arima, on August 17, Bigman In Town is a worthy favourite as he waltzed home 21 lengths clear, with Ricky Jadoo doing precious little. Bigman In Town has trained well for this event and pleased his conditioner Gary Subratie and owner Bassawh with a comfortable 1:02.00 flat to end his preparation. The man who has some aces in this year’s “Run For The Roses” is champion trainer John O’Brien. The O’Brien-trained War Of Words, which has been very impressive on the first two legs of local racing’s “Triple Crown,” has been prepared to win the final leg and give trainer O’Brien his first “Triple Crown” success as a trainer, having won it with Sky Rocket as an owner. It will also give owner Anthony Wight his first “Triple Crown” success.
In what looks like a fantastic event, the O’Brien stable will be sending out five runners War of Words, Pot of Gold, Prince Zeshan, Chase The Dragon and Headline News. The latter is coming good at the right time and could not have been more impressive on his last start after bolting. He came back and impressively dismissed his field. O’Brien, who knows how to ready them for the big events, has his hands full of aces but I think Headline News and War of Words will be his best chance of landing another Derby win. Owner Bassawh has taken no chances and booked top Venezuelean-born rider Javier Castellano to do the steering in the $500,00 Grade One event. With the best jockey aboard Bigman In Town, and a colt which will stay every inch of the derby distance, Bigman In Town could make it a “Perfect Day” for his connections.
R10: 4.45PM: THE CNG TRINIDAD DERBY(GR 1) - 2,000M - $500,000
212 1 Prince Zeshan J O’Brien/R Maragh 56.5 Place chance (16/1)
231 2 Pot Of Gold J O’Brien/E Ramsammy 56.5 Minor end of purse (16/1)
--1 3 Bigman In Town S Subratie/J Castellano 56.5 One to beat (1/1)
--0 4 Nekitta E Miller/A Whitehall 54.5 In tough(100/1)
948 5 Soca Train G Mendez/C Malcolm 54.5 Wrong race (5000/1)
111 6 War Of Words J O’Brien/W Galviz 56.5 Triple Crown chaser (3/1)
-11 7 Perfect Day G Subratie/S Ellis 54.5 Best filly (12/1)
184 8 Spotted Eagle G Emmanuel/P Badrie 54.5 Outclassed (200/1)
312 9 Urban Knight G Mendez/C Montalvo 56.5 In tough (50/1)
--- 10 Khartoum E Miller/A Bishop 56.5 Must Improve (100/1)
--3 11 Fire Light D Mosca/A Maragh 56.5 Can surprise (33/1)
121 12 Headline News J O’Brien/N Abrego 56.5 Can be anything (3/1)
512 13 Chase The Dragon J O’Brien/B Boodramsing 56.5 Outside shot (20/1)
--1 14 Plum Plum H Chadee/J Stephen 56.5 Up in class (66/1)
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