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$20 entry to Grand Stand – fifth and final race day for 2010.

Join us for only $20 entry to the Grand Stand and Chandler Stand for the fifth and final race day for 2010. The Diamonds Challenge Series and Victor Chandler Race Day at the Garrison Monday 27th December, fans should be provided with a great day which is set to climax with a number of duels that all comers will fully enjoy.

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Tough field for Mont Blanc

By Lindon Yarde | Fri, December 24, 2010

The Diamonds International Mont Blanc Bonus Challenge Stakes and Trophy (Gr-1) for West Indian-bred two-year-olds over 1 570 metres, promises to be a thriller, as the year’s horse racing programme ends on Monday, with the Boxing Day card.

Finding the winner in this event could prove to be quite difficult, as no fewer than four of the nine entered have a fantastic chance, with very little to choose between them.

The colts and geldings carry 126 pounds, while the fillies take 121 pounds.

A leading contender is filly Slip Stream, with her imperious record of four wins from five starts for owners Sir Charles and Lady Williams.

Slip Stream has been impressive in her victories,  in the Elliott Williams Memorial Juvenile Breeders’ Championship Stakes and Trophy over 1 100 metres, the Hallway Feeds Foundation Cubes Trophy condition race 1 000 metres, the R.L. Seale and Company Limited Trophy Conditions race, and the second leg of the Diamonds International Mont Blanc La Boheme Female Challenge Stakes and Trophy both over 1 100 metres.

Her record speaks for itself, but she has shown blinding speed in all her starts, and that has left some questioning whether or not 1 570 metres will be an ideal distance.

However, her sire Federico was a Sandy Lane Gold Cup winner which supports her getting the trip.

Lord Michael Taylor-owned horses have been dominant in both editions of the colts and geldings features in this series, and against the fillies he will no doubt fancy his chances.

Strength in numbers is the key for trainer Anderson Ward, whose horses are in top form at the moment.  He trains Must Be The Money, who was impressive when scoring his maiden victory in the first leg of the Diamond International Mont Blanc Star Walker Gents Stakes and Trophy Conditions race over 1 000 metres.

Significantly Blue Diamonds Stables go-to rider Jalon Samuel has elected to stay with Must Be The Money with young Samuels eyeing the jockeys championship this combination chances are impeccable.

Stablemate Island Memories won the William “Bill” Marshall Memorial two-year-old Creole Classic Stakes and Trophy over 1570 metres, and is expected  to go well.

Istanbul put in a good effort last start, when just holding off Island Memories, to score his third victory from seven starts.

Istanbul fell in his only attempt at this 1570 trip when going nicely and must stand a good chance of scoring a repeat victory.

Danehill Racing’s Lune De Barachois will also benefit from a return to this trip after finishing a gallant second to Slip Stream in the second leg of the Diamonds International Mont Blanc La Boheme Ladies Stakes and Trophy for West Indian bred two-year- olds over 1 100 metres. She will surely be tested here and might find this company too much at this stage.

My Picks

Race 1: Local Speed

Race 2: Vitality

Race 3: Fernandina

Race 4: Byhookorbycreek

Race 5: Slip Stream

Race 6: Run Alke Run

Race 7: Areyoutalkintome

Race 8: Super Dancer

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Jockeys riding hard

Jockeys riding hard

Nationnews by Lyndon Yarde | Sun, December 12, 2010

Owner Lord Michael Taylor (right) leading back in winner Istanbul with jockey Jalon Samuel who eged out Island Memories (left).

The highly intense and intriguing battle for the jockeys’ championship continued to capture the attention of all racing enthusiasts, in what has turned out to be quite a spectacle on the penultimate day of the Barbados Turf Club’s third racing season at the Garrison Savannah yesterday.

Leading riders Anderson Trotman and Jalon Samuel positioned themselves for a grand finale on Boxing Day.

Trotman rode three winners on the card, to move one win clear at the top of the table on Diamonds International Montblanc race day.

Istanbul, owned by Lord Michael Taylor, with Samuel aboard, proved his class by winning the Diamonds International Montblanc Star Walker Gents Stakes and Trophy conditions race over 1 100 metres for West Indian bred two-year-old colts and geldings.

Jack Is Back went to the lead with Istanbul, followed by Island Memories, who was settled just off the pace in third, with Verizon, Gunsmoke, Sir Harold and Physical bringing up the latter places.

As the field rounded into the home turn, Jack Is Back, ridden by Affrie Ward, tried his effort best to hold off the chasers, but succumbed to the pressure half way up the stretch and eventually finished third.

Island Memories, with Renaldo Cumberbatch in the irons, had every opportunity to snatch this one from the eventual winner Istanbul, but could not close fast enough and had to settle for second.

The Sir Charles Williams and Lady Williams-owned Slip Stream put in another classy performance to register a three-quarter length victory in the Diamonds International Montblanc La Boheme Ladies Stakes and Trophy conditions race over 1 100 metres for West Indian-bred two-year-old fillies.

The Andrew Nunes-trained Slip Stream, ridden by Anderson Trotman, lived up to her top rating, as she made light work of her competition.

She broke perfectly, and opened a comfortable seven lengths lead by the three furlong marker, which had the rest of the field struggling.

Lune De Barachois, ridden by Antonio Bishop, put in a fine display and was eventually second, while Sweet Bottom Suzy with Dario Dalrymple up, came from a long way back to snatch third, with Indian Soul ridden by Affie Ward fourth.

The others in the field never offered any challenge and were some distance off.

The latter part of Diamonds International Montblanc race day was dominated by Kendal Racing as the combination of owner Sir  Charles Williams, trainer Andrew Nunes and rider Anderson Trotman showed the progress of the stable by winning three of the last four races.

Bond Street was first to winners’ enclosure by taking the the second Diamonds International Crown Of Light Diamonds handicap for three-year-olds and older horses rated 0-65 over 1 100 metres.

Slip Stream then justified favourite tag in the fillies’ feature edition, while Jamaica Moon closed off the proceedings by winning the night cap, sweeping by her opponents in the second Diamonds International Gift Diamonds handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 0-45 over 1 570 metres.

The next race day will see the culmination of the battle between the top trainers Nunes and Ward, and the top jockeys, Trotman and Samuel.

In what promises to be an exciting entertaining and invigorating day of action, few will want to miss the feast being served up on Monday 27th December, 2010.

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by Charlie Heath | December 12, 2010

Lady Wililams (left) Sir Charles Williams (right) Leading in Slip Stream

Breeder/Owner, Sir Charles Williams had an outstanding day yesterday, at the Garrison Savannah, the fourth day of the Barbados Turf Club’s third racing season. Four of the horses he bred won, including the relentless flying filly, Slip Stream, who cantered to victory in the Diamonds International/MontBlanc La Boheme Female Challenge Stakes & Trophy, for West Indian bred 2-year-olds ( Fillies only) going 1100 metres.

Sir Charles also bred Istanbul and Island Memories, the two to finished first and second in the the other feature, the Diamonds International/MontBlanc Star Walker Male Challenge Stakes & Trophy, for West Indian Bred 2-year-olds (Colts & geldings) going 1100 metres. He also bred the winners of race five, Bond Street, and Jamaica Moon, the winner of the final race.

Leaving the gates in the Colts & Geldings division, Jack Is Back, owned  by Faraway Stables, trained by E.C. ‘Clayton’ Greenidge, and ridden by Affrie Ward took an early lead, while the Lord Michael Taylor owned pair of Istanbul and Island Memories were tracking just a few lengths back.

Turning for home, Jack Is Back started to fade, while the Andy Ward trained pair of Istanbul, with Jalon Samuel, and Island Memories with Renaldo Cumberbatch were getting into full flight.

As they straightened for home, Istanbul and Island Memories hit the front and became locked in a neck and neck battle to the wire. In the end it was Samuel on Istanbul that hit the line first from Island Memories. Third was the Fiona Kinch owned, Roger Parravicino trained Verizon, with Kenny John in the saddle.Jack Is Back held on for fourth.

First out of the gates in the Fillies division was Neversaynever, but after 20 metres the Sir Charles Williams and Lady Williams owned Slip Stream literally flew past and opened a gap of five lengths in the first furlong. She was followed by Neversaynever, and the Danehill Racing owned Lune De Barachois, trained by Victor Cheeseman, with Antonio Bishop in the irons.

After they had covered two furlongs the flying filly opened a seven length lead, and it was all over baring the shouting, and once again she cruised home an easy winner from Lune De Barachois. Third was the John D. Chandler owned and trained, Sweet Bottom Suzy, with Dario Dalrymple in the saddle. Indian Soul finishing fourth.

Sir Charles Williams was also the leading owner on the day, winning race five with Bond Street, race six with Slip Stream who is owned by him and his wife, Lady Williams, and the final race with Jamaica Moon. The trainer of the day was Andrew Nunes who saddled three winners.

Anderson Trotman was the jockey of the day with three wins, which puts him one win ahead of young apprentice Jalon Samuel. Racing continues on Monday December 27, with the final Diamonds International as a feature. The fillies will meet the colts & geldings for the first time in the series, where they will also be going 1570 metres for the first time. The second feature on the day is the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, where the top class horses will meet over 1570 metres.

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Charlie Health| December 11, 2010

It looks like ‘all over bar the shouting’, when it comes to race six, which is the feature Diamonds International/Montblanc Female Challenge Stakes & Trophy, for West Indian bred 2-year-olds fillies, going 1100 metres.

The race is one of two feature races on the Barbados Turf Club’s eight race card. The Sir Charles & Lady Williams owned flying filly, trained by Andrew Nunes, has already caught the attention of race fans, which is due to her exceptional speed at such a young age.

The experience of Lune De Barachois and Queen Of Hearts, could see them fighting for the minor placings. Red October has been pleasing her connections at gallops, but she would have to come up with a big run first time out to turn back Slips Stream.

The Colts division of the race is race four on the card, and with the withdrawal of Must Be In The Money, the race could end up in a straight fight between the Lord Michael Taylor owned, Andy Ward trained pair of Island Memories, and Istanbul. Jack Is back should be their danger.

A small field of four will face the starter in the days first race, where Amanyara is beautifully handicapped at 113 pounds. She will also receive a three pound apprentice claim with Kyle Carter, which should give her an outstanding chance. Rush Cutter could be the danger to

Amanyara, but being asked to give her 17 pounds, is a big ask.

In race two, Uneverno, Double Dagger and Sweet Harmony, could be the ones to follow.

Reward Me, did not seem to act on the ground last time out, and could make amends here in race three, while Grace Chapel, Bram Stoker and Erados, could be the others to watch.

In race five, Super Dancer has drawn one, and could be the one to catch. Good runs are expected from Uncle Jerry, Zaltarr,and Washbrook.In race seven, Fredrica, Prince Of Groves, Fuh Real, and Habibti could be the ones to make up the superfecta combination. The ones to follow in the final race, could be Deal Or No Deal, Que Pasa, and Summer Star if she gets into the race.

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About 200 years ago, there was a King who loved horse racing. The King asked his royal watchmakers to invent a device that could record the exact times run by individual horses. In 1821, in a horserace in Paris, Nicolas Rieussec succeeded in inventing a machine, with an accuracy of a quarter of a second that could record the times of each horse. Rieussec’s invention was known as the “time-writer” and was known as the world’s first chronograph. It consisted of a box with two rotating discs, a feature that is unique to the Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec.

Since 1997, Montblanc has been making timepieces at its own manufacture at Montblanc Montre S.A. in Le Locle, Switzerland.  The manufacture is housed in a historic villa built in 1906, the same year the cornerstone for the company Montblanc was placed. Montblanc’s passionate master watchmakers combine historic traditions of the art of Swiss watchmaking with the very latest technology. In recent years, they have also provided regular surprises in the form of exclusive new models. In 2008, Montblanc unveiled the first movement it had developed entirely in-house, and joined an exclusive circle of watch manufacturers who produce their own calibres and have a high level of manual expertise. It was the birth of the Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronographs, which were among the most significant new products from the industry in 2008.

With the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Collection, and especially with its first own manufacture movements, the hand-wound calibre MB R100 and the self-winding calibre MB R200 built from start to finish in the workshops in Le Locle, Montblanc established its credentials as one of a select group of watch brands referred to as manufacturers.

Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph

The exclusive chronograph is not only one of the most outstanding watches in the Montblanc collection but also holds a very special place in the ranks of timepieces from all the world’s manufacturers. The lucky individual who owns one can rest assured that, in terms of design and technology, his wristwatch is a genuine rarity. Even the way the stopwatch function records time is unusual and, unlike conventional chronographs, does not involve hands revolving round the main dial and counters on subdials.

The dial features two small, calibrated discs from which the elapsed seconds and minutes can be read off with the help of fixed hands. This arrangement makes the Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph a fitting tribute to the ingenious watchmaker by the name of Nicolas Rieussec who invented the chronograph almost two hundred years ago. As a leading writing instruments brand, Montblanc has a natural affinity towards chronographs (literally, ‘writers of time’, from the Greek words chronos = time and graphein = write), as reflected in the many models with stopwatch functions in the collection.

The patent awarded to Nicolas Rieussec in 1822 describes a timepiece with two rotating discs, on which elapsed times were marked using ink-filled, nib-like pointers. The principle was taken up by Montblanc in the Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronographs, further developed and given a contemporary interpretation that immediately appealed to discerning watch collectors and genuine watch connoisseurs.

As collectors’ items, the various models of this timepiece are strictly limited available exclusively at DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL.

Reference #: 104705

Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph – Open Date

  • 18 K red gold case, brown alligator-skin strap
  • MB R110 movement, manual-winding
  • Chronograph featuring 60-second and 30-minute counters using rotating discs and fixed hands
  • Limited edition of 50 pieces

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Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association 2010 December Sale

COME! Join The Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association for its inaugural




on December 19th, 2010

at Holder’s Polo Ground

Holder’s, St. James, Barbados

The evening affair starts promptly at 1:30 p.m. and is an opportunity for you to …



Experience the exciting POLO MATCH…

Taste the finest WINE & CHAMPAGNE… 

Bid on unique items such as AIRLINE TICKETS, JEWELRY, CRUISES, 2011 STALLION SERVICES, etc…


Mingle with some of the biggest players in the racing game!


Sumptuous FOOD will be available throughout the evening and accompanied by a FULLY STOCKED BAR!


This is an event NOT TO BE MISSED!



COME! Join The Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association for its inaugural




on December 19th, 2010

at Holder’s Polo Ground

Holder’s, St. James, Barbados

The evening affair starts promptly at 1:30 p.m. and is an opportunity for you to …



Experience the exciting POLO MATCH…

Taste the finest WINE & CHAMPAGNE… 

Bid on unique items such as AIRLINE TICKETS, JEWELRY, CRUISES, 2011 STALLION SERVICES, etc…


Mingle with some of the biggest players in the racing game!


Sumptuous FOOD will be available throughout the evening and accompanied by a FULLY STOCKED BAR!


This is an event NOT TO BE MISSED!

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Diamonds International & Montblanc Challenge Series Continues Saturday 11th December, 2010

“And they’re off!”  For anyone who attends the Saturday races at the Garrison Savannah, this is the familiar shout. Horse racing in Barbados is a passion shared by both locals and visitors and with so many exciting racing events on the calendar, one of the most anticipated is the Diamonds International (DI) Challenge Series for two year old West Indian horses. This series has been coined “The Series where champions are born” as it is has produced triple crown winners and even horse of the year.

Last year marked the tenth year Diamonds International sponsored this Series which not only supports the local breeding industry but provides an exciting and entertaining day at the races.  Their VIP lounge at the race is champagne and canapés, style and elegance and the finest in luxury with world renowned sponsor Mont Blanc.  The grand stands grounds are abuzz with fans and punters anxiously cheering on their favourite ride. What energy and excitement is a day at the races with Diamonds International.  This year Diamonds International & Mont Blanc will be at the races with their Challenge Series on December 4, December 11 & December 27.

So See You at The Diamonds International/Mont Blanc Challenge Series of Races!

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by Charlie Heath | Sunday, December 5, 2010

Race fans were treated to a fantastic day of racing last Saturday when the Diamonds International/ Montblanc race day was held at the Garrison.  The first of the five-race Diamond series to be run off at the Garrison, the third day of the Barbados Turf Club’s third racing season, was the Diamonds International/Montblanc Star Walker Gents Stakes & Trophy, for West India bred 2-year-olds, going 1000 metres.

First out of the gates was the Lord Michael Taylor, Andy Ward-trained pair of Must Be The Money and Vitality. After the first furlong, Vitality, with Kyle Carter in the saddle, opened a three-length lead on Jalon Samuel and Must Be The Money. But with a furlong to go, Samuel drew along side Vitality, by which time it had turned into a two-horse race. In the end, Vitality could not go with the fast finishing Must Be The Money, and had to settle for second. Miss Fay Browne’s, Sail On, trained by Victor Cheeseman, with Keveh Nicholls in the irons finished third. Fourth was Verizon.

The second feature, the Ladies division of the race was won by the Sir Charles Williams-bred and owned, Kendal Moon, trained by Andrew Nunes, with Anderson Trotman in the saddle. In this one, Kendal Moon was quickly into stride, and picked up the running along with the Ian Corbin-owned Foxy Baba, trained by Victor Chesseman, and ridden by Renaldo Cumberbatch. Close on their heels was Indian Soul.

As they reached the two furlong marker, Kendal Moon and Foxy Baba were going head to head, while Indian Soul was loosing ground to a fast finishing Fernandina, who was closing on the leaders. With less than a furlong to go the Roger Parravicino trained Fernandina, with Kyle Carter in the saddle, drew along side Kendal Moon as Foxy Baba was back-peddling. At the wire it was Kendal Moon, with Fernandina second, Foxy Baba third and The Milk Maid fourth.

The supporting feature saw the top class horses going 1800 metres in the Diamonds International/Montblanc Meisterstuck Handicap. Once again is his career, the Ellias Haloute & Sir Charles Williams – owned Apostle, showed why he has to be considered one of the best creoles to grace the Garrison Savannah.

The 6-year-old Apostle, bred by Dr.Alan Storey and Mr & Mrs A.S. Haloute, was asked by the handicappers to pick up the top weight of 133 pounds, and since stable jockey Anderson Trotman had elected to ride Mingun Temple, trainer Nunes, who trains both horse, but Apostle in the capable hands of young Chris Husbands. Husbands could not have ridden a better race, as he got the gelding to settle into the lead beautifully from the off, and slowed the pace to a crawl, while the Lord Michael Taylor owned Shoe Me the Money trained by Andy Ward, with inform jockey Jalon Samuel tracked.

With three furlongs to go, the Gay Smith owned Zoom, trained by Edward Walcott Jnr, and ridden by Dario Dalrymple, drew to within a half length of Apostle, while Show Me The Money was just a length back of them in third. Turning for home Husbands still had something in hand, and it was clear to see that even with the big weight of 133 pounds, and giving weight all around he was going to topple the top class once again. As they straightened up, Husbands set him loose and he easily galloped away from the field. Zoom held on for second, with Show Me The Money third, while Spicey Tiger finished fourth.

Apostle has now won 13 of his races, and earned $427,333 for his owners. Of the jockeys, Jalon Samuel was the only one to score twice, while trainer Andy Ward saddled three winners. Naz Issa and Andrew Nunes both saddled two winners. Race fans are enjoying the battle between Anderson Trotman and apprentice Jalon Samuel for the 2010 Jockey Title. Both riders are now locked on 32 wins.

Racing continues next Saturday, featuring the third and fourth Diamonds International races.

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Payday for Money By Lindon Yarde | Sun, December 05, 2010 – 12:03 AM

Diamonds International / Montblanc raceday provided race lovers with an exciting day at the Garrison Savannah yesterday.

Perfect racing conditions and ideal weather provided the perfect stage for the juveniles to showcase their abilities.

The first feature race was the Diamonds International Mont Blanc Star Walker Gents Stakes and Trophy Condition race over 1 000 metres for West Indian-bred two-year-old colts and geldings.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned Must Be The Money scored a comfortable victory in this race. The handsome colt broke on top, but quickly settled into second behind stablemate Vitality for the next 600 metres.

Jockey Jalon Samuel then brought the Anderson Ward-trained colt alongside Vitality, and these two would slug it out to the finish with Must Be The Money getting the edge.

For his efforts, Vitality, with Kyle Carter aboard, was second, giving the Blue Diamonds stable a very pleasing one-two finish.

Sail On, with Keveh Nicholls astride, travelled well the entire trip and got third, while first-timer Verizon, ridden by Jason Leacock, was a commendable fourth.

The Diamonds International Mont Blanc La Boheme Ladies Stakes and Trophy Condition race over 1 000 metres for West Indian-bred two-year-old fillies was equally exciting.

Sir Charles Williams-owned Kendal Moon, with Anderson Trotman up, had a hard-fought victory over Fernandina, ridden by Kyle Carter.

Kendal Moon recovered from a slow start to gain an early lead, and never lost the lead. Her record now stands at two wins from two starts.

Ian Corbin-owned first-timer Foxy Baba, with Renaldo Cumberbatch in the irons, was third behind Fernandina, while The Milk Maid – with Jonathon Grant – was fourth.

The Diamonds International Mont Blanc Meisterstuck Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 0 to 140 over 1 800 metres was another thriller.

Some fans got an early Christmas gift, and no, there was no appearance from Santa Claus – just a victory for their favourite racehorse Apostle, who sounded a serious warning to all those wanting to be champion horse.

The Andrew Nunes-trained colt left the gate like the Concorde and never looked back, eventually stopping the clock in one minute, 54.4/5 seconds.

The futile chasers led by Show Me The Money included Zoom, Duck The Fur, Spicey Tiger, Mingun Temple, Bipin, Proud Bajan, Walk On By, Bram Stoker and John Brian. None of them offered a challenge as Apostle galloped home with jockey Chris Husbands as a mere passenger along for the victory.

Stable jockey Jalon Samuel, in his quest for the jockeys’ championship, took over the lead from Anderson Trotman and is now leading by one win.

The third season continues next Saturday  with the second leg of the Diamond International Montblanc Challenge Series.

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