Slip Stream takes first race in the Triple Crown

 

Barbados Advocate 4/17/2011

Under a perfect front-running ride by Chris Husbands, the Sir. Charles Williams & Lady Williams owned three-year-old bay filly Slip Stream, bred by Sir Charles, won the 61st Barbados Guineas, for West Indian bred three-year-olds, going 1 570 metres.

The race was the feature on the Barbados Turf Club’s eight race card yesterday at the Garrison Savannah, and carried a winning purse of $38 986.

When starter Mark Batson sent the horses on their way Husbands broke Slip Stream, who is by Federico out of Valdance Creek, smartly from the 1 570 metre gate, and by the time they were passing the stands, the Andrew Nunes trained filly had opened a three-length lead on Vitality, who was following in second.

As they came out of the paddock bend Husbands put another three lengths on Vitality and Istanbul, who were tracking in second and third, leaving him with a seven- to eight-length lead approaching the hill with three furlongs to go. At this stage Husbands then gave the filly a breather, as the remainder of the field were then forced to run over the hill in an effort to catch her, but to no avail, as she again quickened with two furlongs to go and ran out a comfortable winner.

Husbands told the Barbados Advocate that when the filly reached the three furlong marker he was confident of winning, as she was relaxed, and just cruising. He said he was very grateful to Sir Charles and Lady Williams for giving him the ride, and had high praise for the trainer Nunes, who he said did a terrific job of bringing the filly absolutely tuned for the race.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned Island Memories, with Jason Leacock in the saddle came from a long way back to be second, while third was Sweet Bottom Suzy, owned by John Chandler. Istanbul who is also owned by Lord Michael Taylor was fourth. These three are trained by Andy Ward.

The supporting feature, the Coo Bird Handicap, for three-year-olds and older rated 140 and below, going 1 570 metres was won by the Lord Michael Taylor-owned seven-year-old bay mare, Bouncebak, trained by Andy Ward, and ridden by Jalon Samuel.
The Aysha Syndicate-owned Who’s To Say, trained by Naz Issa, with Jason Leacock in the saddle made most of the running, with Bouncebak tracking.

On reaching the two furlong pole Samuel picked up the race and went on to win in a tight finish from the Christopher Gibbs-owned, Ring Time, trained by Boston John and ridden by Jonathan Grant with the weight old 108 pounds. Third was Purr Class.

Jockeys Jalon Samuel, and Ricky Walcott shared the honours with two wins each, while trainer Andy Ward was the only trainer to saddle two winners.

Racing continues on Saturday May 14.