Hall Of Fame Day first up

www.nationnews.com By LINDON YARDE | Fri, January 07, 2011

The Hall of Fame race day will get the Barbados Turf Club’s first season of racing for 2011 running tomorrow with an eight-race card. The other race dates of the season are January 21 and 29, February 12, March 5 and 19, April 2 and 16.

The highlight of this season will be the 30th running of the Gold Cup. Tomorrow’s card, which starts at 1:45 p.m., has attracted 83 horses competing for glory.

The Sir Stanley Blanchette Memorial Handicap (Division A) and (Division B) for four-year-olds and older horses rated 0-70, and going over 1 570 metres, is bound to create interest for fans and punters, as choosing a winner looks like quite a task.

The Joseph brothers-owned Uncle Jerry (pictured) carries the top weight of 130 pounds in Division A. This six year old has very little form to recommend him and would spring a major upset if he were to win. Good form Stephen Kellman’s Johnny Sad Boy takes 128 pounds, and is in good form, winning twice in recent starts. It should be noted, however, that on both those occasions the going was soft.

The second Joseph brothers’ entrant is Deal Or Nodeal, with the impost of 119 pounds, and capabilities of making every post a winning one if not challenged for the lead early on. Margo Atkinson-owned Tornade, carrying 124 pounds merits another chance after recent efforts.

In Division B, the Gay Smith-owned Zergar packs 130 pounds and is not given much of a chance at the weights, added to the fact that his recent form is very poor. Stablemate Silk And Satin, taking 120 pounds, ran a good race last time out and is expected to give another good account of herself.

The Great Expectations-owned Samsamsam takes 128 pounds and will spring a surprise if he passes the pole first, as he too does not have great form. One that does have decent form is Captain Sully, a recent winner of the Diamonds International Crown Of Light Diamond Handicap over 1 800 metres. He is carrying 127 pounds and must have a great chance here.

The Sir David Seale-owned Surinan, taking 128 pounds, has been performing consistently and is not without a chance, while Sir Charles Williams’ Grenadilla, with 127 pounds, will seek to lose his maiden tag.