The real Bigman In Town rules supreme

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BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer Sunday, March 24, 2013

IT was a long procession back to the winning pole at Caymanas Park yesterday as Bigman In Town mauled his rivals by 16 widening lengths to win his final prep going into the 2,000 Guineas Classic on April 6.

Trained by Gary Subratie for owner Baskran Bassawh, Bigman In Town, installed the firm favourite 1-5 blazed 1,600 metres in a time of 1:39.0 to win the Restricted Allowance II native-bred three-year-old (NW2) and imported three-year-olds and upward maiden ninth race on the Jockeys’ Guild Of Jamaica Raceday 10-race card. It was an impressive performance but it was not all smooth sailing getting Bigman In Town to the track in such unbeatable condition as the colt was taken out of training for some time and trainer Subratie was asked how he got it to perform so well. “He was training very good coming into the race and he developed a temperature and we backed off training for a few days with him and picked up again,” he said. Piloted by leading jockey Omar Walker, Bigman In Town running for only the second time in an official race, broke smartly from barrier six and was held in check as the 8-5 second favourite Rum Punch ridden by Dick Cardenas led for the majority of the first half of the race with the favourite biding his time not more than one length and a half adrift. Leaving the 1,000-metre pole Walker began to take close orders to be on the shoulders of Rum Punch on the brink of entering the final 800 metres and after leaving it, Bigman In Town went about his business. Bigman In Town turned for home unchallenged and Walker began to roll him over as he continued to move farther and farther away until the wire arrived. Bigman In Town, ridden by Omar Walker, wins his April Guineas prep by 16 lengths at Caymanas Park yesterday. (PHOTO: HURBUN WILLIAMS)

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