Zoom awarded Gold Cup in Barbados controversy

By Julian Armfield | Racing Post | 3:23PM 6 MAR 2011

Show Me The Money: crossed line first but demoted to 11th after inquiry

PICTURE: Eddie Belle

Report: Barbados, Saturday

Garrison Savannah: Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup (Group 1-domestic) 1m1f, turf, 3yo+

IN a dramatic outcome to the £70,000 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup, Gay Smith’s 12-1 outsider Zoom, who had finished a well beaten four-length second past the post behind to Show Me The Money, was later awarded the race in the stewards’ room.

This followed an enquiry and an objection by the connections of Apostle, who finished 11th of the 12 runners.

Show Me The Money, ridden by local champion jockey Jalon Samuel, had just taken the lead from the pacesetting Apostle as the field turned from home with a little over a furlong to run when he hung violently across his rival.

The manoeuvre almost led Apostle’s rider, Anderson Trotman, to be unseated but Show Me The Money had his measure at the time and came home to win unchallenged.

Zoom, who was bred on the island by Gay, wife of Derrick Smith, scored a third success for his owner in the southern Caribbean’s richest race.

The six-year-old’s victory marked a first success in the 9f event for trainer Edward Walcott Jnr and Antonio Bishop, his jockey.

Show Me The Money is owned by Cheshire businessman Michael Taylor, who had seen his colours carried to victory twice before in the race.

He became the first winner of the contest in its 30-year history to be disqualified in the stewards’ room. The stewards placed the winner 11th, one position behind Apostle.

In a race featuring raiders from the US, Canada, Trinidad and St Kitts, there was a clean sweep for Barbados-trained horses, which occupied the first four places after the enquiry.

Darryll Holland: unsure about result

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Philip Makin fared best of the visiting British jockeys by finishing third on ChargeIt, one place better than Darryll Holland on John Brian.

Jamie Spencer, who had flown all the way from Dubai on the eve of the race, had a disappointing ride on the St Kitts-trained Bad Action, who finished seventh.

Gay Smith said: “That’s not the way you want to win a race but rules are rules. Sometimes they go for you and sometimes against you but this was a perfect result for me”.

Darryll Holland was in two minds about the eventual outcome: “There’s no doubt that Show Me The Money interfered with Apostle quite badly but whether Zoom would have been the winner is debatable.”

Lester Piggott, who together with Eddie Hide, enjoyed the carnival Gold Cup atmosphere at the Garrison Savannah, was in no doubt.

“There was no way they could have let the winner keep the race,” he suggested.