Two to watch

Rico Walcott on board Show Me The Money (l) slipping the field and holding off Zoom to win the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy. (Kenmore Bynoe)

By Lindon Yarde | Tue, December 27, 2011 | www.nationnews.com

On a good to firm track, patrons witnessed the performances of two future stars in Aston Martin and Show Me The Money as horse racing 2011 closed yesterday at the Garrison Savannah with some tremendous finishes before a large crowd.

First up it was the awesome looking Aston Martin who drew first blood in Race 5, the Diamonds International/ MontBlanc Challenge Stakes and Trophy for West Indian bred two-year-olds over 1 570 metres.

Aston Martin, under champion apprentice Reshaun Latchman, strode to a scintillating one-and-a-half length victory.

When starter Mark Batson sent them on the way, the Mark Armstrong-owned colt was tucked away behind early leaders Rickoshey, Southern Lights, Capere, Secret Of Success and Dipitinmoney.

While Rickoshey took them along at a leisurely gallop going towards the three-furlong pole, Aston Martin could be seen making rapid headway on the outside.

Entering the home stretch, Rickoshey under Rico Walcott, continued to lead with Aston Martin in hot pursuit and closing with every stride. He was then switched from the outside to the inside rail and sailed away for the win.

Risckoshey held on for second place, while Capere, ridden by Kyle Carter, ran impressively to finish third, with Divine Destiny and Ricky Walcott in the irons back in the fourth spot.

That win was one of three for Latchman, who in the process captured the champion apprentice jockey title.

His other wins were with Indian Officer which took the Diamonds International Gift Condition race Division “A” for West Indian-bred two-year-old maidens over 1 570 metres, and Giovedi, which won the Diamonds International Crown Of Light Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 68-90 and also open to horses rated 67 and below over 1 800 metres.

The day’s other supporting feature, the Victor Chandler Stakes and Trophy for three-year-olds and older over 1 570 metres, was impressively won by Lord Michael Taylor-owned Show Me The Money under Rico Walcott.

Never challenged for the entire journey, the pair sailed home for the popular victory to the applause of the appreciative crowd. With this performance, he put up his hand as one of the leading contenders for the main event next year, the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup.

Zoom, under regular pilot Antonio Bishop, who lost his apprenticeship during the course of the day, stalked the early leaders but was never able to get on terms. He was, however, good enough to take second position.

Mingun Temple, paired with jockey Anderson Trotman, came from way back to be third, while Daga, ridden by Paul Eddery, was back in fourth.

The Barbados Turf Club’s first season of racing for 2012 gets going on Monday and will be sponsored once again by Diamonds International MontBlanc.

Post time is 1 p.m.