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No stopping WOW WOW

Published:Saturday | November 30, 2019 | 12:34 AMAinsley Walters/Gleaner Writer

HAVING increased his lead inside the last furlong of the six consecutive races he has won, WOW WOW’s stamina at seven furlongs, against the same bunch of two-year-olds, cannot be questioned in this afternoon’s Pick 3 Super Challenge Trophy.

Untouchable in all but one of seven starts, which he corrected with a walloping of ENGLAND’S ROSE when they renewed rivalry on the round course, Gary Subratie’s WOW WOW is out for another stroll after posting a grade-one time of 1:04.4 for five and a half furlongs three weeks ago.

WOW WOW established himself as the best two-year-old in the country when he tracked ENGLAND’S ROSE’s 22.2 opening split in the Bearings and Accessories Trophy race, which he won by 11 lengths in 1:05.1.

ENGLAND’S ROSE hasn’t been seen since, neither has a two-year-old emerged to show her speed, leaving all juvenile races starting down the backstretch at WOW WOW’s mercy. To make matters worse, his half-brother by Nuclear Wayne, CRIMSON, stays all day, giving rivals advanced homework for next year’s classic season.

WOW WOW has left rival barns seeking a chink in his armour, winning from three furlongs straight to six and a half, five different distances in six romps, each more impressive than the previous, the most frightening being a 14-length victory when stretched out in the Juvenile Sprint.

In a show of loyalty, trainer Gary Subratie and owner Michros have persevered with Panamanian journeyman, Ameth Robles, dispelling the myth that only two or three jockeys at Caymanas Park are worthy of being aboard talented horses.

The Casual Trick-Sarah Barracuda colt has owner Michros poised to go past stakes leader, Carlton Watson, who, though staging a brave fight, will soon wave the white flag.

WOW WOW should rack $1.9m this afternoon, plus next month’s Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes and the $1m bonus for winning the series, which started with the Cash Pot Trophy.


Meanwhile, the farcical ‘trainers’ championship’ battle continues in the Pick 3 Supreme Trophy at six furlongs in which champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has four of seven starters, including SHE’S A MANEATER and imported STRANGER DANGER, who tasted defeat for the first time at the feet of his stablemate in the Diamond Mile.

DaCosta has five runners in the $1.3m event, which initially had 19 entries, eight from his barn and a similar number from Nunes. Among the declared starters is LADY BLUE, trained by DaCosta for all her life, now taking orders from Leroy Tomlinson.

SHE’S A MANEATER continues to rip the exercise track and ought to lead home a sweep of possibly the entire purse by DaCosta, who starts the day trailing Nunes by $5.7m.