Miller likes Headline News
VETERAN trainer Jules Miller, who will saddle Barbadian-bred Nekitta and Khartoum in Tuesday’s NGC CNG Trinidad Derby Stakes at Santa Rosa Park, knows what the Triple Crown is all about, having won the first leg in 2009 with Santa Rosa Boy.
Yesterday, Miller shared his thoughts on the Derby and how his horses are training ahead of the big race.
“Nekitta (who won two legs of the Barbados Triple Crown) is training very, very well,” Miller said.
“I do not know what her limitations are, but she will run a big race. The other horse, Khartoum, has some issues, but he is training well also.”
Asked if her limitation could be stamina and the dirt kick-back, Miller stated: “The rider said she handled the kick-backs very well in her first race here, but she did not know where to go, left or right. She ran through a little blood and she is on lasix now. I expect her to run a big race. She is small, but has some heart. I am happy with how she (is) training. I cannot say the same about Khartoum, he has some issues with his back and the right side of his body, but he will run a decent race.”
The Express has learnt that Khartoum came very close to being banned in Barbados for bolting, and Miller was asked if this was the reason for shipping him to Trinidad.
“He has not shown any signs of bolting, going left hand with horses, or by himself. Interestingly, jockey Nicholas Patrick said he will love to ride him. The only thing, it is the Derby, but if he was in an ordinary race, he would have been a winner. He is doing good, I am not seeing any concerns that people have for him. Probably the left hand course changed all that.”
Regarding the contenders, Miller said he likes Headline News.
“He is a horse that has more ability than I think. They say Bigman In Town and War of Words could run. He will give them a run. He will stay and I am impressed with him. Bigman In Town and War of Words are the horses after them. I like a little outside shot, Chase The Dragon.”a