KINGSTON, Jamaica - Champion trainer for the past three years, Anthony Nunes, says his 2022 season was strongly influenced by the number of injuries suffered by his horses during the course of the racing year.
At present, Nunes holds third place in the trainers’ race behind leader Jason DaCosta and Gary Subratie.
Commenting further, Nunes valued his season as average.
“In fairness, I think we battled through a lot of injuries. It is the most injuries I have encountered in any one season, but all credit goes to Jason [DaCosta] as he did a fantastic job. He is a wonderful trainer, and as I said last year when I won the championship, it is the number of championships he wins, so congratulations to him.
“I will always be trying. I tried to win the championship, certainly. it hasn’t come through, but it has come through three times and we will continue to try our best with the stock in hand,“ he said.
Nunes’ latest winner came on Sunday (December 11) when his two-year-old Milos released the maiden tag. Yet, despite the victory, he was not pleased.
“I am disappointed. I thought he [Milos] would have won easily, but they are babies, and they will improve over time. Milos worked so easily in the mornings, so I expected him to win impressively as this wasn’t the toughest of fields.
“The good thing is that we know the natural talent is there, and so it is our job to get it out of him [Milos] as he progresses,” Nunes said post-race.
Milos (Shane Ellis) disputed the early lead alongside stablemates Savvy Girl (Anthony Thomas) and City Hawk (Tevin Foster), with Digital Light, the mount of Christopher Mamdeen. As the runners in the small field of seven sorted themselves out, Milos emerged as the lone leader, crossing the dummy rails, and that was that for the rest. Digital Light came on well for second with Savvy Girl third.
Milos is a two-year-old bay colt bred by Casual Trick out of the Dayton Flyer mare The Vibes Lady.
Milos won the native-bred two-year-old maiden special weight event travelling furlongs (800m) by two lengths. He won in a time of 49.2 seconds.