Graeme Hill a steep climb

By Lindon Yarde | Fri, April 01, 2011 | Nation News

The Realtors Limited Trophy condition race for imported three-year-old maidens and West Indian-bred three-year-old winners going 1 100 metres will create much attention in tomorrow’s Realtors Limited Race Day at the Garrison Savannah.

The seventh day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first season has attracted 90 entrants on the programme set to begin at 1:45 pm.

Sir Charles Williams-owned sprint queen Slip Stream has been double entered. She has the impressive record of having obtained five victories – all in sprints – from seven career starts.

She is handicapped at 118 pounds and should her connections opt for her to run here, she will have to pull out all the stops to get the victory as this field has a few imported horses that have shown tons of ability.

Bill and Haley Blevins-owned Graeme Hill and Giovedi, both of whom are handicapped at 126 pounds, are the ones most likely to be around at the finish. They have been on top of their game and have been strides away from entering winner’s enclosure.

Graeme Hill has recorded a pair of third-place finishes in both his outings while Giovedi just failed to catch Nomoreginrog in his last start – the Neville Walcott Handicap over 1 100 metres. Having to overcome traffic problems early, he recovered only to find himself chasing the winner.

Foxy Baba, Nile Queen, Cinnamon Jane and Lune De Barachois have all entered the  winner’s circle before. However, it would come as a surprise should one of them find themselves in the winner’s enclosure here.

If the speed in race five is not fast enough, then you won’t want to miss the Condominiums At Palm Beach Trophy Handicap for three-year-olds and older horses rated 115-140. It’s also open to three-year-olds and older horses rated 114 and below over 1 100 metres.

Lord Michael Taylor-owned Peaceful Envoy has been asked to carry 133 pounds. He was a double winner three starts back over the identical trip. He failed to find a place last outing in the Victor Chandler Stakes And Trophy over 1 570 metres on the Boxing Day race card. The weight he is down to carry looks a serious burden to his chances.

Melrose racing-owned Rocamadour will take 131 pounds. Like Peaceful Envoy, he has not raced since Boxing Day and apart from the weight factor, he will find this trip way too sharp.

Aysha Syndicate-owned Who’s To Say disappointed in the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint on Gold Cup Day. It seems the huge weight of 132 pounds proved too much for him. Handicapped here at the reasonable weight of 124 pounds, he should be a threat.

Lord Michael Taylor-owned filly Purr Class and the Gay Smith-owned Super Star are almost guaranteed to make this a quick affair early on.