Racing season kicks off Monday

Racing season kicks off Monday


By Lindon Yarde | Fri, December 30, 2011 | nationnews.com

The Barbados Turf Club starts its 2012 programme with the II Diamonds International MontBlanc race day, on Monday at the Garrison Savannah with eight races from 1 p.m.

Race 2, the Diamonds International/MontBlanc Night Flight Handicap over 1 570 metres for three-year-old and older horses rated 33-55, and also open to horses rated 32 and below, looks a crackerjack in the making. Of the 16 horses entered, no fewer than four have visited winners’ enclosure in their last efforts.

King Of The Jungle, now set to carry 124 pounds, took the Diamonds International Gift Handicap (Division-B); Jusanotheropinion, taking 125 pounds, secured his win in Division-A; Johnny Sad Boy, sharing top weight of 130 with Just Jiving, scorched a field of 12 horses rated 30-55 in the Thady Quill Handicap over 1 000 metres, while Between The Sheik, who will shoulder 125 pounds, got his second career win taking the Diamonds International/Safi Kilima Handicap for his new trainer Naz Issa.

With all the above winners now peaking or getting near their best form, it should be difficult for the likes of Uncle Jerry, who will shoulder 125 pounds, Proud Bajan (124) pounds, who is back after a layoff, Irish Thunder (127), also in good form and Uneverno, who is down to carry 123 pounds, all of whom are capable of pulling it off.

Diamonds International/Crown Of Light Handicap, over 1 100 metres, for three-year-old and older horses rated 35-60, and also open to horses 34 and below, looks pretty straightforward.

Aysha Syndicate-owned Time D’or not only finds himself sharing the heavy weight of 133 pounds with Whataline, but down in the bottom cellar ratings. He should represent his connections very well here. He should, however, expect a tough time from his more youthful opponents.

Spellbound, drawn against the rail, should make her presence felt especially after her last effort going the trip when she was a gutsy second behind the winner Glistening in the Diamonds International/Safi Kilima event for horses rated 25-50 over 1 100 metres.

Whataline, Just Dance (124) and Fernandina (128) have all secured top four positions in their last runs. Domineering, handicapped at 130 pounds, lost his maiden tag by easily defeating West Indian maidens in the Diamonds International/Galleria condition race over 1 100 metres.

Sweet Enough has been given every opportunity in her last couple of efforts and has always seems to come up short; she should be given one more chance.