In a surprising turn of events, Supreme Soul has been cleared of having tick virus marker after a recent test was administered.  The horse has been stranded in the United States since December.

Noted trainer Antony ‘Baba’ Nunes has strongly reprimanded the Jamaica Veterinary Services Division for treatment meted out to Triple Crown winner Supreme Soul who remains quarantined in the United States.

Noted trainer Antony ‘Baba’ Nunes has strongly reprimanded the Jamaica Veterinary Services Division for the treatment meted out to Triple Crown winner Supreme Soul who remains quarantined in the United States.

The four-year-old colt headed to the United States late last year for the Caribbean Classic at Gulfstream Park but has been unable to return to Jamaica after testing positive for the tick fever virus.  Based on existing protocol, the Veterinary Services Division has insisted that the horse be treated for the virus in the United States, but with the disease not endemic to that region the drugs need to treat the animal are not readily available.

In the meantime, according to Nunes an email from the USDA stated that the horse had spent more than 44 days straight in a 10 by 10 feet quarantine isolation stall, which does not typically hold animals longer than 15 days.  The trainer believes the action borders on inhumane.

“…If the USDA is telling you that it is inhumane to do that to this animal are you telling me that veterinarians from the country of which this horse was born are saying no you cannot come here, that you do not have a humane bone in your body to worry about this horse mentally and physically,” an irate Nunes told the SportsMax Zone .

This horse represented his country, it’s no fault of his own.  It’s like Usain Bolt going to the Olympics, catching the flu and you tell him he can’t come back home,” he added.

A part of the trainer’s grouse is based on the fact that he believes the tick fever virus is pervasive on the island, with over 50 percent of animals at Caymanas Park carrying markers for the disease.

“For Veterinary Services Division to say that they cannot accept Supreme Soul back into Jamaica makes absolutely no sense.  In fact, if he was to be shipped back to Jamaica he shouldn’t even have to go through quarantine because the truth of the matter is that of the 1200 horses he is going to mix with at Caymanas Park, 1199 of them are already probably carrying the tick fever virus."

According to the trainer, the USDA will not able to get tick fever medicine to treat the horse until around March, by then it could cost approximately $US40,000 to keep the horse in the United States.  At that cost, the trainer believes it could come down to a business decision, which could see the horse euthanized.

“You are putting the owner in a position now where you are saying to him this going to cost you $US40,000 through no fault of yours or the horses and we are going to have to suck it up. No.”

Tiger Roll's bid to secure an unprecedented third successive Grand National win remains on course despite the horse undergoing a procedure.

The nine-year-old had a chip removed from a joint this month and is on box rest, but trainer Gordon Elliott has backed his star turn to be ready for the headline race at Aintree next April.

Tiger Roll matched the feat of Red Rum in making it back-to-back victories at this year's Grand National, but three would mark a historic achievement. 

"The procedure he had went well. He's on box rest until Thursday week, when the bandage will come off and he'll start back walking," said Elliott.

"He'll be walking for three weeks then, all being well, he'll be back cantering after that.

"He was in full fitness and almost ready to run when it happened. It's not ideal, but if it had happened in January or February it would have been a lot worse.

"The Randox Grand National is the plan. Obviously Michael O'Leary owns him and will make the final decision, but in my mind this is the race I've been training him for since last year.

"It's the Grand National, I know what can happen in a Grand National. When you go to Cheltenham there's a lot of pressure, but going to Aintree, it's just great to be there. There's pressure but of a different kind.

"Anything can happen in the National, that's what makes it the race it is, but the build up to the race will be second to none."

Winston Kong’s super mare She’s A Maneater reeled off a majestic stakes record win in Jamaica’s rich Diamond Mile at Caymanas Park on Saturday afternoon to prove herself the island’s best thoroughbred.

Surging to the front coming off the final bend under regular rider Omar Walker, the 3-5 favourite and 2017 horse of the year was unchallenged down the homestretch of the JA$14.5 Million (US$104,000) event and won by five lengths over her previously unbeaten stablemate Stranger Danger (6-5) in a Diamond Mile record one minute 35.20 seconds.

“It was a fantastic performance from a fantastic filly,” said trainer Wayne DaCosta after a remarkable fourth Diamond Mile win in the race’s five-year history.

“As I have been saying, I think she is the best filly, in fact the best horse ever to race at Caymanas Park,” added the 18-time champion DaCosta, whose one-two finish keeps alive his hopes of challenging leader Anthony Nunes for the 2019 Trainers’ title.

After the 2018 Lotto Classic winner Drummer Boy led briefly out of the starting gates, the 5-1 third favourite Toona Ciliata sped through on the inside to lead with Stranger Danger in close attendance along with 99-1 outsider Uncle Vinnie.

Down the backstretch, Toona Ciliata led narrowly from Stranger Danger while She’s A Maneater cruised up on the outside to challenge, with 2019 Triple Crown winner Supreme Soul (9-1) and Sentient (37-1) struggling to handle the Grade 1 pace.

She’s A Maneater quickened to lead by two lengths coming off the final bend as the projected titanic clash between her and Stranger Danger fizzled.

A few cracks of the whip right-handed from six-time champion jockey Walker saw the Natural Selection – Ahwhofah mare speed past the eighth pole in total command, before closing out a polished second Diamond Mile triumph in three years.

“She was so great in the mornings (at exercise) and I was pretty confident, she is in the best shape of her life,” Walker said after his third Diamond Mile victory.

The result was also partial redemption for her disappointing non-participation in last year’s Diamond Mile when she was scratched in a bizarre starting gate incident. With the field almost fully loaded, She’s A Maneater bolted from the gates when she was spooked by the horse beside her Peking Cruz’s fractious behaviour.

She’s A Maneater’s winning time on Saturday smashed by a long way the previous Diamond Mile record of 1:36.40 by Seeking My Dream and gave Walker his third winning ride in the BG&LC/SVL sponsored event.

Vow And Declare upstaged a star-studded international field to win the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

In a photo finish at Flemington, the Australian-bred gelding staved off the competition to win the eight-million Australian Dollars race.

Vow And Declare – whose trainer Danny O'Brien described the horse's chances as "a bit of a David and Goliath" task pre-race – crossed the post ahead of Master of Reality, who pipped Prince Of Arran to second place.

Winning jokey Craig Williams said: "I was lucky enough to sit on Vow And Declare. A credit to Danny O'Brien.

"It was a privilege to ride him today. We had a difficult barrier draw. The instructions, we trusted him. We know what we can do.

"Great to be associated with a great horse like this horse. I rode him on debut and Winx won a maiden years ago. He knows he has won and again… I'm so grateful to be given the opportunity."

 The super horse She’s A Maneater emphatically toppled the ICool Juice Drink Superstakes field on Sunday under jockey Omar Walker to record her third consecutive win in the JA$6 Million (US$45,000) event at Jamaica’s Caymanas Park.

As the hot 1-5 favourite, Wayne DaCosta’s five year-old mare took control coming off the final bend and won by 3-3/4 lengths to become only the third horse – and first filly -- in the 41-year history of the event to win three years in a row. The 51-1 outsider Toona Ciliata stayed on for second and another three year-old Sentient (34-1) was a further length and a quarter behind in third.

She’s A Maneater clocked a fast two minutes, 05.40 seconds to own two of the fastest three times recorded for the 10-furlong trip in the last 14 years.

“She is something special,” winning trainer Wayne DaCosta said after the mare’s 23rd career win gave him his third Superstakes triumph. She’s A Maneater was just 0.40s slower than her winning run last year and 0.20s off Mark My Word’s winning time in 2010.

The 2019 Triple Crown winner Supreme Soul, the 5-2 second favourite, faded in the homestretch to finish sixth, 15 lengths behind the winner.

For the first half of the race, Ian Kong’s She’s A Maneater stalked the front-running Toona Ciliata while both Sentient and Supreme Soul raced within striking distance in third and fourth spots.

She’s A Maneater, the 2017 Triple Crown champion and horse of the year, edged closer to the lead leaving the half-mile while Sentient and Supreme Soul lost ground on the leaders.

Coming off the final bend, She’s A Maneater shot past Toona Ciliata and entered the homestretch with a clear advantage. Walker sparingly used his whip right-handed in the run to the finish as no challengers surfaced deep stretch.

“I was pretty confident, I got a nice break and saved the best for last,” said Walker after landing his third Superstakes, adding to Mark My Word (2011) and She’s A Maneater last year.

In the secondary JA$2 Million (US$18,800) Lyrix Soft Drink Invitational Mile, DaCosta’s unbeaten US-bred colt Stranger Danger crushed his rivals in a seven-length win in a stakes record 1:36.60 as Walker piloted the two big winners on the last day of the Lasco Superstakes weekend.

Stranger Danger won by seven lengths and stretched his winning streak to nine races. “He did it easily, and doing it with (a heavy) 57 kilos augurs well for the feature,” DaCosta said.


Waldgeist made a blistering late charge to deny Enable an unprecedented Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe treble at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.

The stage was set for superstar mare Enable to become the first horse to win the prestigious race three times, but 16-1 shot Waldgeist spoiled the party.

Odds-on favourite Enable, in what could be her last race, hit the front on the home straight under Frankie Dettori, roared on by a huge crowd.

Waldgeist, though, conjured up a rapid finish to prevent the John Gosden-trained five-year-old from pulling off the hat-trick.

Waldgeist revelled in the soft ground and Pierre-Charles Boudot steered the colt, trained by Andre Fabre, out wide to bolt beyond Enable in the final furlong.

Enable was travelling strongly and looked set to make history until Waldgeist gave Fabre an eighth Arc success, while Sottsass finished third.

Fabre said: "I'm very proud that Waldgeist managed to beat such a fantastic mare. I'm delighted. He gave me a lot of confidence at Ascot and Pierre-Charles said he could have won.

"The Arc is always a big race because you have the combination of the best mares and colts and it's a great race."

Two and a half years after the only other race Enable has failed to win, trainer Gosden said the conditions were always going to make it tough.

"She ran an absolutely brilliant race. Waldgeist came late and strong after they went a good pace." Gosden said.

"Frankie committed and went for it and with the ground testing her, it's hard to show that turn of foot and Waldgeist has outstayed her on the ground. Full credit to Andre.

"I'm happy with the race but she doesn't have the same explosive turn of foot on soft, she quickened up well but was outstayed in very testing conditions."

Tiger Roll will bid to become the first horse to win the Grand National at Aintree in three consecutive years, trainer Gordon Elliott confirmed on Friday.

The horse has won the prestigious race in each of the past two years, becoming the first to do so since Red Rum triumphed in consecutive years in 1973 and 1974.

Red Rum then finished second in the next two meetings before becoming the only horse to date to win the Grand National three times in 1977.

Tiger Roll will now have the opportunity to match that tally and go for three wins in a row after Elliott announced his intention to race again in 2020.

"The number one target this year will be the English National," Elliott said. "We are going to have to mind him now and pick and choose where we go.

"He will probably have one run over hurdles, maybe something like the Boyne Hurdle [in February]. He will go back to Cheltenham [in March] for the Cross-Country Race and then we'll go for the Grand National [in April]."

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