BIG MAN, who is expected to be sent off as the favourite in Saturday's 1,300-metre Royal Colours Classic, fired a bullet 49.06 over 800 metres on Sunday morning in preparation for the race.
The Rohit Dube-trained colt, who will be partnered by Nobel Abrego, is one of the eight nominees in the $125,000 feature. And after Sunday's workout, it will take a very good horse to lower his colours in that event. Fellow creole Central Square from the powerful John O'Brien barn, who is also nominated for the event, and will be partnered by Canadian-based rider Emile Ramsammy, also closed off his preparation. He breezed in company with stablemate Charming Lass, who was given a headstart as the pair started their work from the 1,000-metre pole, with Central Square taking aim.
However, Central Square only made up the deficit when the rider on Charming Lass eased his mount to wait on the creole. They completed the last 600 metres in a good 36.71, with Central Square ridden out to get on terms with Charming Lass, who is returning from a layoff.
Derby-winning trainer Derick Mosca, who is not represented in the Royal Colours Stakes, schooled four of his three-year-olds from the gates with Bas Choice, Uncle Max and Ex-Sweet Tempo sharper than Ex-Bella Diavola. The quartet returned a fast 22.83 over their 400 metres gates assignment.
Meanwhile, Oaks winner The Big Squeeze, who is in line to be named champion three-year-old filly at Friday night's Jetsam Awards ceremony, breezed over 1,000 metres in company of stablemate Dream House, who unfortunately broke down after the workout. They returned a good 1:06.58, with Ramsammy restraining The Big Squeeze as Dream House proved to be no match.
Trainer Harold Chadee also sent out First Citizens Sian's Gold Sprint runner-up Smart American with stablemate El Bandido De Oro and Smart American was the stronger throughout the workout. They turned in the second fastest time of 49.14 over the 800 metres trip. Chadee also sent Bonnie and Angelica Jane on the turf, with Bonnie coming out on top.
Trainer Jose William-Samaroo, who has a number of unraced horses, schooled a couple of them on the turf. The trio of Ex-Bellisimo, Ex-Crier Du Loup and Ex-Cash Is In, breezed over 600 metres with Ex-Cash Is In travelling the strongest.
Here are Sunday's recorded workouts:
400 metres--Luca's Gold 26.99 handily; Precise Rule 25.62 handily; Ex-Formal Honors and Convoy 26.02 handily; Oneforthroad and Lady Sage 27.60 handily; Ex-Celtic Lore and Ex-Sworn To Valor on turf 24.25; Seal The Deal 26.46 handily; Ex- Bella Diavola, Uncle Max, Bas Choice and Ex-Sweet Tempo from gates 22.83.
600 metres--Alexander 40.23 handily; Hyatt Princess 44.97 pacing; Wild Excitement 37.62 handily; Peppermint 44.93 pacing; Nawab 44.22 pacing; Prados Wells 42.02 pacing; Run Ron and Dream Marshall 37.47 handily; Believe It Or Not 41.12 handily; Intact 43.25 pacing; Bonnie and Angelica Jane on turf 35.78; Dazzlin on turf 41.09; Northern Hills on turf Ex- Bellisimo, Ex-Crier Du Loup and Ex-Cash Is In on turf 39.97; Red Howler on turf 41.64; Poetic Justice on turf 37.20; Charming Lass better than Central Square 36.71 good; Onetokeep and Classic Material 35.95 good; Lady Marissa 39.00 handily.
800 metres--Smart American better than El Bandido De Oro 49.14; Captive Witness and Ex-Kay's Inlet 50.49 handily; Prince Zeshan 52.82 handily; Caipirinha 49.84 good; King Of Siberia and Quick City 59.98 pacing; Sam's Selection 53.94 handily; Big Man 49.06 good; U Crazy Diamond 52.91 handily; Ex-Sky Rider and Ex-Little Sophie 56.15 pacing; Nature's Reality 55.95 pacing; Salome 51.94 handily; Diamond Queen 52.80 handily; Ex-Classic Contender and Pearl's Secret 59.22 pacing; Slewjero 59.94 pacing; Island Star on turf 58.63; Odin on turf 56.44; Satya Treasure on turf 53.24; Private Marshall and Traditional Song 52.74 handily; Strikes Not Spares and Golden Dixieland 56.53 pacing.
1,000 metres--Go For The Gold 1:04.65 handily; The Big Squeeze easy to Dream House 1:06.58