In what was a most eventful day at Caymanas Park, the much anticipated match-up between reigning Horse of the Year and last year’s winner, She's A Maneater and the much talked about Will In Charge failed to materialize in the 4th running of the ultra-rich Diamond Mile.
There was high drama during the loading up process as She’s a Maneater who was the 3-5 favourite at that stage became fractious, broke away from gate handlers and was eventually declared a late non-starter. It’s understood that Peking Cruz who was drawn next to She’s a Maneater, flipped over in the starting gate and triggered a reaction from She’s A Maneater. Peking Cruz who got injured at the gate was also declared a late non-starter.
After Mr Universe and Money Magnet set cracking fractions of 23.0; 45.0 and 1:09.3, Will In Charge took command approaching the home stretch and appeared on his way to a comfortable victory after shaking off a brief challenge from Chace The Great.
However, jockey Robert Halledeen aboard Will In Charge got overly complacent and almost lost the race on the line to the fast-finishing Bigdaddykool but eventually held on to win by a short head in 1 minute, 37 seconds flat. Chace The Great and Money Magnet completed the frame in the event which had a purse of JA $14 million. Title-chasing trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes had a 4-timer on the programme to carve out a narrow lead over 17-time reigning champion Wayne DaCosta in the race for the trainer's championship.
Anthony Thomas had two wins to move his tally to 91 wins, 9 clear of Dick Cardenas who also landed a double on the 14-race card. Dane Nelson, Halledeen and apprentice Tevin Foster also had a double among the riders.