Aston Martin one to watch

Aston Martin one to watch

Anderson Trotman (front) piloting Lady Quill to victory from Captain Apache and Areuserious during the last racing season. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

www.nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Fri, November 04, 2011 – 12:03 AM

After an eight-week break life in the fast lane returns to the Garrison Savannah, tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. with an action-packed eight-race card on the first day of the third season.

Ninety-four horses have been entered for the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s race day, staged by the Barbados Turf Club.

The Elliott Williams Memorial Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy (GR.1RB,-BAR) for Barbadian-bred two-year-olds over 1 100 metres promises to be a scorcher.

With over $59 000 in prize money, all the leading juveniles have been entered in the event where colts take 126 and the fillies carry 121 pounds.

Heading this star-studded field is the awesome looking colt Aston Martin. Other winners include Chimichurri, 126 pounds and Verkauf and Capere, both with 121 pounds.

The Mark Armstrong-owned Aston Martin was an enterprising second in his first outing behind the filly Verkauf, but impressively turned the tables by taking the Kathleen Taylor Memorial Condition race over 1 100 metres with plenty left in the tank. On that effort it appears difficult to look elsewhere for a winner.

The connections of Chimichurri, owner Sir Charles Williams and trainer Andrew Nunes must feel they have a good chance of reversing the tables on last time conqueror Aston Martin. They now meet at level weights compared to the 12 pounds Chimichurri had spotted the colt.

Lord Michael Taylor-owned Verkauf enjoyed the pleasure of beating Aston Martin first time they met in the R.L. Seale & Company Limited Trophy Allotted Weights race over 1 100 metres.

The return encounter proved to be nothing more than an exercise gallop around the Savannah for Aston Martin. Verkauf has shown lots of promise and should still be around at the finish.

Capere, after winning the Kabul Allotted Weights race over 1 000 metres went under to Chimichurri in the Junior Kadooment Condition race also over 1 000 metres.

The top rated horses will clash in the Bushy Park Trophy Handicap for three-year-olds and older going 1 100 metres. Not only is this expected to be a quick affair but it will serve as a prep race for two horses nominated for the Caribbean Nations Racing Challenge race day in Trinidad and Tobago next month.

Those two are the Sir David Seale-owned John Brian and Blue Diamond Stables-owned Purr Class. John Brian, handicapped at 126 pounds, has struggled of late while Purr Class, who shoulders 130 pounds, is yet to run a bad race since her first run and could easily leave the track smoking.