D-day for Gold Cup hopefuls

D-day for Gold Cup hopefuls

nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Fri, January 27, 2012

Gold Cup prospects will be in action during the Coolmore Home Of Champions and Diamonds International MontBlanc race day at the Garrison Savannah, tomorrow.

After the running of the Victor Chandler Stakes and Trophy, the Coolmore Home Of Champions Stakes and Trophy is the most anticipated race prior to the March 3 Sandy Lane Gold Cup.

And around 4:40 p.m, 11 horses will compete in what is known as the final prep race for the pattern event when the Barbados Turf Club’s first season enters its third day with eight races from 1:30 pm.

There are a few races that really look set to excite the taste buds – one of which is the Diamonds International MontBlanc Challenge Sprint Trophy Handicap over 1 100 metres. This race for four-year-old and older horses rated 75-100 and also open to horses rated 74 and below, can also be seen as a final prep for horses entered in the Spa Sprint on Gold Cup Day.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned Purr Class takes top weight of 133 pounds. She has displayed terrible form in her last four efforts. However, she is not alone in that category as former speedballs Who’s To Say (129), Nomoreginrog (108), Byhookorbycreek (113) and Greeley Gone West (117) all entered are carrying identical form.

Stablemates Istanbul (122) and Vitality (119) have both been at the top of their game and are capable of getting the victory.

A small field of ten have taken entry to compete in the Diamonds International Crown Of Light Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 58-80 and also open to horses rated 57 and below over 1 800 metres.

Sir David Seale-owned Reward Me double-entered on the card is down to carry 130 pounds. It will be his second start after a lay off.

Sail On (126), after his herculean effort in last year’s Derby, trailed in at the back in his only outing but could be a live-wire. Stream Kid now seems  to be getting the hang of racing in Barbados and has to be respected while Victor Ludorum is fresh from a victory in the Diamonds International MontBlanc Time Walker Handicap over 1 570 metres for horses rated 53-75.

The curtain closer is the Diamonds International MontBlanc Tribute Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 45-70 and also open to horses rated 44 and below over 1 100 metres.

Round Table Stud Farm-owned Whataline carries 133 pounds. She has four wins, two seconds and a third from her last seven starts and on those statistics, she can easily take this field to the cleaners.

Vandross (130) gets the second top weight with a place chance at best while Lune The Barachois (126) has been knocking at the door.