BIG MAN's runaway success in Saturday's 1,300-metre race for West Indian three-year-old maidens and winners of one race by 5 3/4 lengths, makes him a tough nut to crack in the 1,300-metre Royal Colours Classic on February 2 at Santa Rosa Park.
This race is only for T&T-bred horses, so his St James Stakes conqueror Prince Zeshan will not be eligible for the event.
Trainer John O'Brien has a strong hand in the race with Central Square, Gold Rush and Always A Princess. All have shown improvement, but have not advanced sufficiently to lower the Rohit Dube-trained runner's colours. On the main track on Sunday morning, more horses paced than breezed. Trainer Jose William-Samaroo had a busy morning with his importations, Sassy Taste and Patriot Guard displaying marked improvement, covering their 800-metre spin in a good 51.06, which was the second fastest recorded time over this trip Sunday. Burst Of Energy from Derick Mosca's barn, who fired 49.40, had the fastest recorded time of the morning for that trip.
Samaroo's other importations, Captive Witness and Ex-Kay's Inlet also breezed over the same trip, but in a slower 51.19 with the roan grey Ex-Kay's Inlet stronger in the work.
Samaroo also sent out his pair of creoles, Asia and three-year-old Right To Rule and they turned in a very good 1:03.66, which was the fastest time for this trip on Sunday. Right To Rule was made to fight by Asia, but it was a good searching work for Right To Rule.
Here are Sunday's recorded workouts:
400 metres–Island Star 25.86 handily; Caipirinha 24.01 good; Peppermint 29.93 pacing; Ex-Formal Honors from gates and Convoy 26.80; Country King 28.15 pacing; Gold Bead and Nandi 25.41 handily.
600 metres–Ex-Bellisimo and Ex-Cash Is In 36.97 good; Vijayanti 37.54 handily; It's Alleged and Slewjero 38.56 handily; Pearl Secret and Ex-Classic Contender 41.05 handily; Lang Amour 42.87 pacing; Just Call Me Roger 39.58 handily; Prince Zeshan 44.96 pacing; Unguarded Moment 38.81 handily; Deisel Rhythm 44.98 pacing; Cat Whiskers, Settle The Score and Measured Response 40.19 handily; Royal Banker 42.18 pacing; Key Chain 41.11 handily; Always Ready and Star Dreamer 37.40 handily; Princess Zara 43.65 pacing; Precise Moment and Big Profit 38.35 handily; Ex-As Time Goes By 40.08 handily.
800 metres–Super Sonic 55.59 pacing; Big Thing 58.47 pacing; Street Justice 55.26 handily; Dream Marshall and Secret Circle 53.94 handily; Loan Shark and Diamond Queen 52.38 handily; Sassy Taste and Patriot Guard 51.06 handily; Burst Of Energy 49.40 good; Something Black 52.24 handily; Galveston 54.29 handily; Ex-Fresh Honey and Ex-Sky Rider 56.66 pacing; Le Chereaux Dansur 59.06 pacing; Ex-Captive Witness and Ex-Kay's Inlet 51.19 handily; Nakita 51.17 handily; Sweetie Jan and Iconic 53.27 handily; Ex-Royal Red 59.96 pacing; Highness and Perfection Plus 52.06 handily; Big Squeeze 52.16 handily; Big Show 54.96 handily.
1,000 metres–Asia and Right To Rule 1:03.66 handily; Prince Shival and Sam's Selection 1:04.93 handily; Intact 1:03.73 handily; Princess Jo Ann 1:12.79 pacing; Café Marque 1:12.89 pacing.