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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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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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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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“Thoroughbred Auction, Polo Match & Christmas Social

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!

 Click to view Sales Catalogue


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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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Diamonds International/Montblanc Race Day

Diamonds International/Montblanc Race Day

The start of the eleventh series of the Diamonds International races takes place tomorrow Saturday December 4th 2010. Details of the series were outlined Wednesday December 1st 2010 by Simone Ward, Marketing Manager of Diamonds International. Ward said that Diamonds International was once again very pleased to be sponsoring the five race series, starting tomorrow with the first two races. She said that this year they have a new partner in Montblanc, who are noted for their pens and other accessories, and they have now moved into the watch industry.

The Marketing Manager said that over the years Diamonds International has

sponsored many other sporting events, and horse racing is no different from the others they

sponsor. She said with all the challenges, especially at this time with the economy as it is,

they are very happy to once again be able to sponsor the five race series.

Ward commended the breeders who keep turning out the horses, and those who purchase and

race them. She praised the outstanding 2-year olds this year saying that race fans are in for a

very exciting days racing.

Barbados Turf Club’s (BTC) Director, Luther Miller 111 J.P. thanked Diamonds International for their continuing support, and said he is happy to see they have introduced a new name in the mix, in Montblanc, as they have used different products in the past. The BTC Director also thanked the press for their part in getting the message over to the public.

Rosette Peirce, Secretary/CEO of the BTC told the Barbados Advocate that they are extremely grateful to Diamonds International for their very generous sponsorship. She said that it is pleasing to see that Montblanc how a new name to racing has joined with Diamonds International as a sponsor.

“Sponsorship is a very important part of the horse racing industry, and history shows that without it the Club would be hard pressed. With sponsors such as Diamonds International, it not only helps on the race days, but more importantly it helps with keeping the thousands that are directly and indirectly employed in the industry in a job,” said Peirce.

Peirce also stated that she was pleased with the attendance on the first two days of the third racing season after the damage done by Tomas, and is thankful to all those who attended. She accepts that because of the damage there is some inconvenience, and announced that there will once again be free admission tomorrow. The Secretary/CEO said that she is pleased with the entries for the eight race Diamonds International/Montblanc Race Day tomorrow, and anticipates that a large crowd will be on hand, as not only are the two feature Diamonds

International/ Mont Blanc 2-year-old races very competitive, but the other six are just as competitive. Charlie Heath | 3rd December, 2010

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A tribute to Honourable David Thompson Prime Minister of Barbados

A tribute to Honourable David Thompson, Prime Minister of Barbados October 2010

On behalf of the Directors, Staff and members of the Barbados Turf Club I wish to offer sincere condolences to the family of Prime Minister Thompson on his untimely death.

Prime Minister Thompson was a true friend of Horse Racing in Barbados. Indeed his decision in his capacity as Minister of Finance made in November 2008 to write off the enormous debt due by the Club to Government not only saved the Club from pending closure but ensured as well that the more than 3000 persons employed in the Racing Industry did not lose their jobs.

On a personal note, it was the then Minister Thompson, as Minister of Finance in 1993 who created a Rum Tax Rebate system which paved the way for my Company to enter the Rum Expo markets of the world and which in turn led to the establishment of the Foursquare Rum Distillery in 1996. My Company will forever be grateful to this man of vision whose humble, down to earth manner put everyone he met at ease irrespective of their status in life. He was indeed the Prime Minister of all of the citizens of this Country.

He has left a legacy of leadership that should be embraced by all who follow him.

On behalf of my wife and family, I extend to his wife, Mara, his daughters, his parents and his siblings our heartfelt sympathy.

May he rest in peace.

Yours truly,

Sir David Seale President

Barbados Turf Club


Rebecca Skeete

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1st subscription stage nominations

The following horses have been nominated at the 1st subscription stage for the IMPORTED (NON-WEST INDIAN BRED) and WEST INDIAN BRED 2-YEAR-OLDS RACE scheduled to be held on Monday 27th December, 2010.

















1st sub 16 @ $250.00 = $ 4,000.00

The 2nd Subscription of $350.00 is due and payable on or before Friday 29th October, 2010 at 4PM.


Rosette Peirce


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