It’s on! It’s on! You wouldn’t want to miss the long and eagerly anticipated return clash between Show Me The Money, Apostle and Zoom.
They last met in this year’s Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup where Show Me The Money and Apostle went head to head. The race, however, ended in controversy with Show Me The Money being disqualified and the win being awarded to Zoom.
They will seek to settle these outstanding matters when they square off today at the Garrison Savannah for the feature race – the Val Gale Cup.
This weight-for-age event for three-year-old and older horses rated 118-140 and also open to horses rated 117 and below over 1 800 metres has attracted three other competitors and looks to be a thriller.
Regardless of the outcome, one surety is that more excitement will be created in the horse racing industry which is basically lacking equine stars.
Lord Michael Taylor-owned Show Me The Money has not raced since the Gold Cup. The Anderson Ward-trained horse, which finished second in last year’s edition of this race, is expected to be sound and can put his immense ability beyond doubt with a powerful performance, thus proving his Gold Cup form not to be a fluke.
Apostle has not appeared since his participation in the Gold Cup this year; additionally he has only one victory in the last year-and-a-half, but remains the highest rated animal in the race.
With compelling credentials and nothing to prove, local favourite Apostle is expected to attempt to run this field into the ground. Having served this country well against the highest calibre of opposition he will need another career best if he is to resume his winning ways.
As he gracefully ages, this racing game has obviously gotten harder on this seven-year-old gelding. It is left to be seen if he still has it in him.
Zoom, winner of this year’s Gold Cup, extended his winning ways with a 1¾ length victory in the Lost In The Fog Trophy Handicap for the top rated horses 115-140 over 1 100 metres. Definitely past his best where sprinting is concerned, he will relish a return to the 1 800 metres trip and seek win No. 4 on the trot.
Zoom will want to ensure his stable’s shocking pink silk passes the line first and further strengthen the debate as to who’s the best horse in training at present and that he was in every way a deserving winner of the Caribbean’s premiere horse racing event.
This being a weight-for-age race really seems to put the others at a very serious disadvantage. Bipin on previous attempts at the trip has been found wanting on each occasion. Ring Time and Kingdora have both tried this company before at the shorter trip of 1 570 metres, both handicapped with the penny stamp of 108 pounds, and with their best efforts failed to get the job done.
In horse racing nothing is guaranteed but rest assured Ring Time and Kingdora are up against rivals at the peak of their powers and are expected to come up way short.
Antonio Bishop (right), on board Istanbul, will pilot Fernandina, while Anderson Trotman (left) will ride favourite Kendal Moon. (FP)
By Lindon Yarde | nationnews.com | Sat, June 11, 2011
And with the top locally-bred filly Slip Stream staying indoors, stablemate Kendal Moon looks set to come out on top in the feature Barbados Fillies Guineas (Gr.1-Bar) at the Garrison Savannah today.
Kendal Moon will be out to make amends for her disappointing showing in the first jewel of this year’s Triple Crown – the Barbados Guineas.
The Sir Charles Williams-owned and Andrew Nunes-trained filly will meet nine others in what should be an extremely competitive 1 570-metre race for West Indian-bred three-year-old fillies, featuring easily one of the best fields assembled for a fillies Guineas in recent times.
With eight of the ten entered already winners, Kendal Moon will not have things her own way as no fewer than three have claims to the top prize.
She just failed to peg back the top two in her last effort – the Ginger Punch Trophy Handicap for horses rated 58-80 going under by less than a length.
Trainer Nunes will also be sending out the Jane’s Girl-owned Cinnamon Jane.
She has proven herself against the lesser quality three-year-olds having recently won the Roses In May Trophy Condition Race for non-winners of two or more races over 1 570 metres, but it would be surprising if she gets the job done.
The Lord Michael Taylor-owned Reprise, since her maiden victory in the III Diamonds International Mont Blanc Doue Condition Race Division (B) over 1 570 metres, has started three times but has not built on that winning effort.
While she has not been disgraced, there is scant margin for error as the Midsummer Classic and Derby looms.
The Fiona Kinch-owned Fernandina has raised the alarm after her wide margin of victory in the Registered Grooms Division (B) event over 1 570 metres.
Albeit that that event offered an ordinary maiden field, this 70-rated challenger will have some ground to find to be on par with the favourite at best.
Chandler-owned Sweet Bottom Suzy is one of three maidens entered. She has fared better than the entire field against the top three-year-olds, but has found the winner’s enclosure elusive, most recently suffering at the hands of jockeys’ arrangements.
Should her owner rectify this problem and book one of the few live riders, her maiden tag should be a thing of the past.
Bouncebak (centre) driving hard to take the feature race from Kingdora on the inside and Ring Time, at the Garrison Savannah. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)
By Lindon Yarde | Sun, May 29, 2011 | nationnews.com
Bouncebak continued her dominant form with a hard-fought victory over stablemate Kingdora in the feature BTC Board Of Directors Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 118-140 and open to horses rated 117 and below, over 1 570 metres.
On another beautiful afternoon at the Garrison Savannah yesterday the Lord Michael Taylor-owned and Anderson Ward trained seven-year-old mare Bouncebak, while travelling sweetly, exerted maximum pressure on her opponents right from the start.
Brilliantly ridden by fiery hot Jalon Samuel, she had to fight off challenges on either side before getting the job done, eventually stopping the clock at 1:37.2.
Who’s To Say contested a pressured lead most of the trip, but would soon cave in to the pressure of his stalker Bouncebak. The others led by Rocamadour, Bipin, Ring Time, and Kindora stayed close.
Rocamadour and Who’s To Say threw in the towel turning for home. It was then left to Bouncebak to survive the vicious assault from Kingdora on the rails and Ring Time on the outside both of whom took the penny stamp of 108 pounds.
That fighting effort got her the victory by a head from Kindora under jockey Ron Ali. Ring Time partnered by Jonathon Grant was a gallant third with Rocamadour and jockey Paul Leacock back in fourth.
You could say it was business as usual at the office for Samuel as he shared the winning honours with apprentice Antonio Bishop, both winning three races each.
Samuel started the ball rolling by winning division A and B of the BTC Registered Grooms for West Indian-bred three-year-old maidens (allotted weights) over 1 570 metres.
He was astride Angela Simpson-owned Whatadeal for trainer Jonathon Simpson in the first race and returned in Race 2 with Fiona Kinch-owned Fernandina for trainer Roger Parravicino as the pair wired the field by 12 ½ lengths.
The next three races would go to jockey Antonio Bishop. He powered the Gay Smith pair of Super Dancer and Glistening to impressive victories for trainer Edward Walcott Jr, who was the day’s most successful trainer.
Super Dancer took the Barbados Horseracing Owners and Trainers Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 30-55 and open to horses rated 29 and below over 1 100 metres.
Glistening lost her maiden tag in the Barbados Jockey Guild Handicap for four-year-old and older maidens over 1 100 metres.
Bishop’s final win would come on 12-1 long shot Fuh Real who took the BTC Member Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 43-65 and open to horses rated 42 and below over 1 570 metres for her owners Calvin Kellman and Colin Browne with the latter as the trainer.
Title-chasing jockey Anderson Trotman, although losing some ground to leading jockey Samuel, kept within striking distance with a double win yesterday.
He piloted the Pamuel Isdell and Lady Buchanan-owner Sumer Star to an easy win for trainer Andrew Nunes in the BTC Fans handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 13-35 and open to horses rated 12 and below over 1 570 metres.
He then closed the afternoon with a workman-like victory on the Senator G. Cave and S. Bynoe-owned-and-trained No Spin Zone.
It brought the curtain down on a fantastic day of racing.