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IN GOOD NICK!

Supreme Soul comes out of 2000 well, trainer still undecided as to next race, surgery for Corazon

BY OBSERVER
RACING WRITER

Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Trainer of 2000 Guineas winner Supreme Soul, Anthony Nunes is informing that he is yet to decide when his highly talented chestnut colt is going to race again.

“I do have some options and in consultation with others, a decision is going to be taken shortly,” Nunes offered to The Supreme Racing Guide.

Two of the choices facing Nunes are one, to enter in the Lotto Classic run for the Governor's Cup over 10 furlongs (2,000 metres) which is set for competition on May 25 or two, to enter an Open Allowance, a week later covering 8 furlongs (1,700 metres).

“In the Governor's Cup, for sure Supreme Soul will be carrying top weight of 126 lb (57.0 kilograms) and is going to allow weight, probably lumps of weight, to the other contestants who are going to participate in the Governor's Cup.

“So, purely from a weights point of view, Supreme Soul will have to be at his very best to win, but I am sure he will be able to deal with the weight situation, if that becomes necessary.

However, the Governor's Cup will be run approximately four weeks before the Jamaica Derby that is scheduled for June 29, which gives him ( Supreme Soul) a period of approximately one month to recover and for me to prepare him as best as is possible for the Derby.

“If we decide to go in the Open Allowance event, over 8 furlongs then the time to the Derby is just three weeks which is seven days less to the Derby when compared with the time of the Governor's Cup. That is a bit close. It is never a perfect situation, so we will have to think it through and make the right decision for the horse and we will do that,” Nunes said.

As to his other three-year-old colts and geldings who ran in the 2000 Guineas, the leading trainer was pretty clear.

Toona Ciliata ran his heart out to finish second behind Supreme Soul in the 2000 and he ( Toona Ciliata) also came of out of that race in good order, in fact all of my four horses that participated in the 2000 Guineas came out of the race well. They are all eating as accustomed and as they say, they are still in good nick, and for that I am grateful and happy. They all performed, basically up to expectations and I am very proud of them and the team at the stables who assisted with the preparation of all my horses both in the 1000 and 2000 Guineas.

“For Toona Ciliata, for sure, he is going to begin preparations to run in the Governor's Cup and based on his performance in that 10-furlong race we will take it from there and design a plan for his future,” Nunes suggested to this writer.

One piece of not so good news coming from the Nunes camp surrounds the fate of the filly Corazon, who was voted as the top female two-year-old of last year.

Corazon took part in the 1000 Guineas on Saturday last (April 19), finishing eighth of the 12 starters, when much more was expected of her especially with a resume' which reads, four victories from six starts.

Corazon was defeated in the 1000 Guineas by stablemate, I Am Di One, who was racing for only the second time in her career.

“The situation with Corazon is unfortunate, as she has bone chips in one of her knees and the only option facing us at this time is surgery. That surgery will be done within the next week and the hope is all will go well and Corazon will get back to her racing career in the next four to six months,” Nunes stated.


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