John Brian’s connections looking to do well in Gold Cup

 

By Petra Harvey March 4/2011, Barbados Advocate
This will be John Brian’s third attempt at winning the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup and his connections are confident the seven-year-old horse will do well this year.

The Barbados Advocate caught up with trainer Liz Deane SCM recently at the Garrison Savannah and she noted that John Brian is fit and ready for the race on Saturday.

“After last year’s Gold Cup where he ran a creditable fourth, he had a bad fall coming out of the swimming pool, and he was out for quite a few months because he had actually broken some ribs. He came back out, and ran third in the Victor Chandler Stakes on Boxing Day.

“He always seems to show up Gold Cup Day, he is seven years old, getting older, but he is a very honest and genuine horse. So we are just hoping he gives a good account of himself,” said Deane.

She admitted that John Brian was her favourite horse, describing him as a real gentleman.

“He is my favourite horse so I might be biased, but he is a real nice guy, a gentleman. [Darryll] Holland worked him the other day and he came in and said ‘Liz what a gentleman he is.’ So he is really a nice guy,” said Deane.

Of the other horses in the race, Deane noted that the one she is keeping an eye on, is Apostle, who placed third in the Gold Cup last year, behind eventual winner Sterwins and second placed Bribon.

“You always have to watch for Apostle. He always seems to turn up on the day as well. The foreign horses, I honestly don’t know that much about them. Grand Cash I’ve heard is a good horse, Safety Zone. But of the local horses I have a soft spot for Apostle to be honest. I think he is a really wonderful creole,” said Deane.

Owner Sir David Seale is also confident in John Brian, despite him not winning in recent times.

“He didn’t run particularly well in the Coolmore, but the ground was quite soft and he doesn’t run well when the surface is like that. He was coming from a lay-off and we were trying to keep him on point for this race, there is no doubt about that,” said Seale.

John Brian pulled post position number six, but Sir David thinks that this makes little difference in a race of nine furlongs.
“Nine furlongs, post position isn’t of any real importance. Some people might like an inside draw because their horse is quick, they want to get in position, but they still have to go nine furlongs, so in the end it is really about who has the stamina,” said Sir David.

HORSES INFORMATION

SHOW ME THE MONEY – 5-year-old chestnut horse, bred in Barbados, and racing for Barbados.
DRAW. Gate 1.
OWNER: Lord Michael Taylor.
FORM: 25 starts, won 6 and placed in 12.
EARNED: $147 551.
TRAINER: Anderson Ward.
JOCKEY: Jalon Samuel.
WEIGHT: 122 pounds.
Show Me The Money can run from in front, or from off the pace and will get 1800 metres. He won his last race on July 17, 2010 over 2000 metres, on soft ground, buts acts on any ground. He lost a little form recently, but once he is back to himself he could finish in the money.

ROCAMADOUR – 5-year-old bay horse, bred in the USA, and racing for Barbados.
DRAW. Gate 2.
Owner. Melrose Racing Stable & Clifton Racing.
FORM. 11 starts, won 2 and placed in 5.
EARNED $41 670.
TRAINER. Jonathan Simpson.
JOCKEY. Jono Jones.
WEIGHT. 129 pounds.
Rocamadour, can run from close to the pace or from off the pace, and will get 1800 metres, having won at the distances. He can also run on any type of going. He has only had one race since July 2010, and that was on December 27, 2010. He is capable of finishing in the money.

ZOOM – 6-year-old bay/brown gelding, bred in Barbados and running for Barbados.
DRAW. Gate 3.
OWNER. Mrs. Gay Smith.
FORM. 29 starts, won 5, and placed in 13.
EARNED. $157 944.
TRAINER. Edward Walcott Jnr.
JOCKEY. To be declared
WEIGHT. 122 pounds.
Zoom, will get the 1800 metres, and won his last start on January 21, going 2000 metres on the soft. Seems to prefer a cut in the ground, and comes from off the pace. He has improved, but will have to come up with a big run to trouble the top three.

BAD ACTION – 5-year-old bay gelding, bred in the USA, and running for St. Kitts.
DRAWN. Gate 4.
OWNER. Mrs. Daislyn Sharpe.
FORM. He won 8 races in the USA, and placed in 11, Placed 3rd in Sandy Lane Gold Cup and won mutable race in St. Kitts.
EARNED. In the USA he earned US $339 325
TRAINER. L. Warren.
JOCKEY. Jamie Spencer
WEIGHT. 129 pounds.
BAD ACTION, raced in the USA, winning 8 races there, and came to Barbados for the 2010 Gold Cup, and finished fifth, and was only 1 1/4 lengths behind Apostle. He has since won multiple races in St. Kitts. While he seems more comfortable at a mile, the 1800 metres at the Garrison should not trouble him. He looks a harder and more matured horse this year as a 5-year-old. He also has the asset of having a top international jockey in Jamie Spencer. On form he could be a danger to all.

BIRD WATCH is in Gate 5, but he is a reserve.

AL PORTADOR drawn Gate 7 is scratched.

REWARD ME – 4-year-old colt, bred in the USA, and running for Barbados.
DRAWN. gate 8.
OWNER. Sir David Seale
FORM. 12 starts, won 1, and placed in 8.
EARNED. $42 077.
TRAINER. Stephen Bynoe.
JOCKEY. Ricky Walcott.
WEIGHT. 125 pounds.
REWARD ME, has won at 1800 metres, and ran his best races on good to soft and soft going, but does not look like this is the only type of ground he needs. He is improving as a 4-year-old, and ran a corker last time out when second to Boucebak, having John Brian, Charge It, and Mingun Temple behind him. He should be capable of finishing in the money.

JOHN BRIAN – 7-year-old bay horse, bred in the USA and running for Barbados.
Draw. Gate 6.
OWNER. Sir David Seale.
FORM. 31 starts, won 5 and placed in 18.
EARNED. $233 622.
TRAINER. Elizabeth Deane SCM.
JOCKEY. To be declared.
WEIGHT. 129 pounds.
John Brian, Has placed in past Gold Cup races, but seems
to find 1800 metres just outside of his comfort zone. He runs
from off the pace. He acts on any going, has not won a race
during 2010, and should find it difficult to win here. He acts on any ground.

CHARGE IT – 5-year-old chestnut horse, bred in the USA and running for Barbados.
DRAW. Gate 9.
OWNER. Aysha Syndicate.
FORM. 13 starts, won 3, and placed in 6.
EARNED. $35 280.
TRAINER. Naz Issa.
JOCKEY. To be declared.
WEIGHT. 129 pounds.
Charge It, will get the distance. He runs from just off the pace, and should act on any type of ground. He would have to come up with a big run to trouble the first four.

GRAND CASH – 5-year-old chestnut gelding, bred in the USA and running for the USA.
DRAWN. Gate 10.
OWNER. Silver Oak Stable LLC & M & G Stable LLC.
FORM. 29 starts, won 8 and placed in 5.
EARNED. US$217 041
TRAINER. Wesley Ward
JOCKEY. J. Sanchez
WEIGHT. 129 pounds.
GRAND CASH, won as recently as November 27, 2010 at Calder over 7 1/2 furlongs, and also won a claiming race at Gulfstream on January 6, 2011.

JUST CALL ME ROGER – 4-year-old Dk bay/bay gelding, bred in the USA, and running for Trinidad & Tobago.
DRAWN. Gate 11.
OWNER. 2 Amigos.
FORM. 14 starts, won 4, and placed in 4 while in Canada, USA.
EARNED. US$137 824 also won in Trinidad.
TRAINER. Andrew Nunes.
JOCKEY. Nobel Abrego
Just Call Me Roger, has been in Barbados for a couple weeks, and is reportedly working very good. He should get 1800 metres at the Garrison.
SAFETY ZONE – 7-year-old bay gelding bred in the USA, and running for Canada.
DRAW. gate 12.
OWNER. Eugene Melnyk.
FORM. 28 starts, won 9.
EARNED.US$419 049.
TRAINER. Mark Casse.
JOCKEY. Patrick Husbands
WEIGHT.129 pounds.
Safety Zone, is the class horse in the race, winning seven of his last nine races, of which six was at Woodbine, Canada, and then on January 8, he won at Tampa Bay. On October 31, 2010 he won the Can$100 000 Labeel Stakes, at Woodbine, and he should be the one to beat, especially with Patrick Husbands in the saddle.

Mingun Temple – 4-year-old bay colt, bred in the USA, and running for Barbados.
Draw. Gate 13.
Owner. Mrs. Amanda Marshall-Way and Helen Spencer.
Form. 14 starts, won 4, and placed in 7.
Earned $116 862.
Trainer. Andrew Nunes.
Jockey. Paul Leacock.
Weight. 125 pounds.
Mingun Temple, will find the 1800 metres to his liking. He runs best when just off the pace, but not too far off the leaders. He seems to be at his best on good to soft or soft ground, as he has won two of his four races on soft ground, and two on good to soft. Once he performs to his maximum he will be a strong contender.

APOSTLE – 7-year-old chestnut gelding, bred in Barbados, and racing for Barbados.
DRAW. Gate 14.
OWNER. Elias Haloute & Sir Charles Williams.
FORM. 29 starts, won 12, and placed in 10.
EARNED. $419 083.
Trainer. Andrew Nunes.
Jockey. Anderson Trotman.
Weight 122 pounds.
APOSTLE, likes to dictate the pace of the race, and is a strong front runner that gets 1800 metres. Only two grade one horses beat him last year in the Gold Cup. He likes to hear his feet rattle, so he would need good to firm going to be at his best, and should he get that type of going on Saturday, it could take a good one to
beat him.