3-year-olds take Garrison spotlight

By Lindon Yarde | Sat, April 02, 2011 | www.nationnews.com

Barbadian-bred three-year-olds take centre stage at the Garrison Savannah today when they clash in the feature – the Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopeful Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy over 1 570 metres.

The Realtors Limited-sponsored race day will see the colts and geldings carrying 126 pounds, while the fillies take 121 pounds.

Race seven on the card promises to be action-packed and should be a nail-biter.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned and Anderson Ward trained trio of Island Memories, Vitality and Istanbul will be seeking the top three positions for the barn. This trio have already proven themselves at this distance.

Partnered by budding apprentice Kyle Carter, Istanbul, with a never-say-die attitude, seeks to make it four wins on the trot.

His peers suffered at the tape in the Diamonds International MontBlanc Bonus Challenge Stakes and Trophy and the Guardian General Insurance Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy, both races over 1 570 metres.

With career statistics of five wins from nine starts, he will prove a tough nut to crack.

Stablemate  Vitality  is also after a four timer. his main accomplishment to date is his maiden victory in the III Diamonds International Mont Blanc Doue Condition Race Division A over 1 570 metres. Blue Diamonds Stables go to rider Jalon Samuel on the impressive colt, which will make this race even more interesting.

Jason Leacock jumps aboard Island Memories, winner of William Bill Marshall Memorial two-year-old Creole Classic Stakes and Trophy  over 1 570 metres last time out. Island Memories has gotten the better of the exchanges with Vitality but has been on the receiving end from Istanbul.

He will have to improve to get the victory.  The eventual winner from these three could come down to who gets the better ride.

Jane Girls-owned Cinnamon Jane recorded an impressive victory in the Treehouse Club Trophy handicap division B over 1 100 metres. The daughter of Gold Cup winner Thady Quill is bred to go the distance and should not be left out.

Joycies Boys-owned filly Nile Queen made light work of her opponents in the Eustace “Tinnings” Jordan Memorial condition race over 1 100 metres. She will however be required to find more if she’s to get the victory for the Kendal stables.

Danehill Racing-owned Lune De Barachois is also a worthy contender for this race. Her best performance at this trip to date was a third place finish behind Island Memories and Vitality in the William “Bill” Marshall Memorial two-year-old Creole Classic Stakes and Trophy.

After several tries, Francis Cozier-owned Victoria Belle is still a maiden. This company may prove to be a bit challenging for her. Gay Smith-owned Angelic Peace is still learning the game and looks in deep water here.

Little is known of the Aysha Syndicate’s Captain Apache.

This bay colt by Captain Charlie failed to impress in his only outing on Boxing Day. Therefore it will take divine intervention as he tries to go from cottage to castle against this well tuned company.

My Picks:

1: Boo

2: Bond Street

3: Lady Patrick

4: Double Dagger

5: Slip Stream

6: Janaki

7: Vitality

8: Zegar