Graeme Hill wins feature Coolmore ‘Home of Champions’ Stakes & Trophy

Kyle Carter pilots Graeme Hill (left) to victory in the Coolmore ‘Home of Champions’ Stakes & Trophy, for 3-year-olds and over, rated 140 and below.

Barbados Advocate | Charlie Heath | 1/29/2012

THE Bill and Hayley Blevin-owned four-year-old chestnut colt, Graeme Hill, upset them all in the feature Coolmore “Home of Champions” Stakes & Trophy, for 3-year-olds and over, rated 140 and below, going 1800 metres, yesterday at the Garrison Savannah, the third day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season.

The Jonathan Simpson-trained colt was kept off the early pace set by Captain Sully, Little Man Arran, and Kingdora.

With five furlongs to go, Kyle Carter on Graeme Hill could see the whole field in front of him.

At the three-furlong marker, Little Man Arran and Giovedi, stable companions of Graeme Hill, moved to the lead.

With two furlongs to go, Graeme Hill was breathing down their necks, and as they straightened up he picked up the running to go on to an easy victory. Reshawn Latchman on Giovedi finished second, giving owners Bill and Hayley Blevin, and trainer Jonathan Simpson, a one-two finish.

Indanger, owned by Daniel & Martin Raizman, trained by Roger Parravicino, and ridden by Antonio Bishop, was third. Little Man Arran held on for fourth.

The supporting feature, the Diamonds International/Montblanc Challenge Sprint Trophy (Handicap), for 4-year-olds and over, rated 100 & below, sprinting 1100 metres, was won by the Boston John-trained Janaki, owned by the Estate of Yusuf Mongroo, and ridden by Kenny John.

John had Janaki on the pace from the start, along with Dessert Orchid, Vitality, and Dark Night.

Turning for home, John asked Janaki for an effort and he immediately responded by going on to win. The Lord Michael Taylor-owned Run Alke Run, trained by Andy Ward, with Kyle Carter in the irons, ran on strongly to finish second. Third was Run Alke Run’s stable companion, Istanbul, with Rico Walcott. Fourth was Greeley Gone West.
Reshawn Latchman and Kyle Carter both won two races on the day’s card.

No trainer saddled more than one winner on the day.

Racing continues on Saturday, February 11. (CH)