By Charlie Heath Tuesday 18 January, 2011

L-R John Jones, Executive Manager, Guardian General Insurance Ltd, Russell Freeman Underwriter, Guardian General Insurance Ltd, Richard Edwards, Acting President, BTBA, and past president BTBA Rawle Batson EM JP.

The feature race on the Barbados Turf Club’s eight race card to be run off at the Garrison Savannah on Friday is the The Guardian General Insurance Breeders’ Stakes & Trophy, for Barbados Bred 3-year-olds, going 1570 metres.

Thanks to the continued support of Guardian General Insurance the race carries a purse of $24,000 with added subscriptions of $40,375, plus a beautiful trophy.

With total prize money of $64,375 and a trophy at stake, it is not surprising that the race is over subscribed with 13 horses being entered. The race promises to be very competitive, with top 3-year-old, Istanbul, a winner of four races, Island Memories, a winner of three, the unbeaten Kendal Moon, who chalked up two straight wins, Reprise, a winner last time out who showed in that race she is a vastly improved filly. Nile Queen is also entered, and she is another that has won her last start.

Lune De Barachois has been knocking at the door, and this could be her day. Vitality is another good looking colt that ran a beauty when winning last time out. However, he is double entered and may take his chances over 1000 metres in the Guardian General Flexi Motor Insurance Condition race, going 1000 metres, which is the first race on the card.

Acting President of The Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (BTBA), Richard Edwards, at a press briefing on Monday, thanked sponsors Guardian General Insurance for their generous support, which he said is vital to horse racing.

Executive Manager of Guardian General Insurance John Jones, said that over the years they have had a great working relationship with the BTBA. He took the opportunity on behalf of himself and Guardian General Insurance, to extend a special thanks to past president Rawle Batson, who he said did a sterling job to make sure the past races were the success that they had been, and he now looks forward to what should not only be a very competitive, but also exciting Guardian General Insurance Breeders’ Stakes race on Friday.