Charlie Heath | February 19th, 2011

Racehorse owner Eugene Melnyk, is in search of a third Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup, as he has two horses nominated at the final stage for the 2011 running of the race.

After the first stage of nominations 22 horses were eligible, but after the second and final nomination closed on January 28, nineteen horses are nominated, which means the race is still over subscribed by seven, as only 12 can face the starter.

Unfortunately, the 2009 Triple Crown winner, Areutalkintome is out, as is Bribon, who ran a corking race last year to finish second to Sterwins, who is not returning to defend his title. Also out is Dancing David, Preach To Me and Stewards Hill.

Two have paid a penalty to get into the race, and they are Neil Cochrane’s, Elizabul, who represents Antigua, and the Eugene Melnyk owned, Emerald Crescent, who represents Canada.

The Barbados Turf Club has chosen the 12 horses to run in the race, and named the seven reserves.

Heading the list of those eligible to run, is the 4-year-old colt, Jairzihno, who is owned by N.Callaghan and A.Thompson, and he will representing the United States. He is by Royal Applause out of Polish Belle. He is a classy type who ran second in the Del Mar Derby (G2)  in September last year, was sixth in the Oak Tree Derby (G2) in October, and again sixth later in the month in the Hollywood Derby.. He ran on January 17 this year at Santa Anita, in an Allowance OS race over 1 1/8 miles on the turf, and finished third. He runs well on the turf and has won at 1 1/8 miles. He should not have a problem getting 1800 metres at the Garrison.

Eugene Melnyk will be looking to his 7-year-old gelding, Safety Zone, who is by King Cugat out of Open View, to land him another prestigious Gold Cup. Safety Zone ran eight times last year at Woodbine in Canada, and won five times. He has won six of his last seven race, as on January 8, this year, he won in the United States. He will represent Canada.

Melnyk also has Emerald Crescent nominated but the 5-year-old gelding is a reserve. Trinidad will be represented by Just Call Me Roger, owned by Tres Amigos. Representing St. Kitts, is Bad Action, who ran in last year’s race. He is now owned by Daislyn Sharpe. Al Portador from the M.S Stables is the other representing St. Kitts.

Representing Antigua is Elizabul, who at this time is also one of the reserves. Barbados will be represented by the Sir Charles Williams & Elias Haloute owned top creole, Apostle, who ran a beauty last year finishing third, and only beaten by the two grade one horses Sterwins and Bribon.

Barbados will also be looking to the Amanda Marshall-Way & Helen Spencer owned Mingun Temple, to come up with one of his big runs, as he has shown that he has the ability to be a stronger contender.

The others representing Barbados are the improving Reward Me, and John Brian, who finished in the money in the last few Gold Cups. Both are owned by Sir David Seale, who along with his wife Lady Seale have five Gold Cups in their cabinet at Hopefield. Aysha Syndicate has Charge It, as well as two reserves, Bird Watch and Duc D Fer. Melrose Stables has Rocamadour. Gay Smith, who is also the owner of two Gold Cups, will be represented by the much improved creole, Zoom. She also has Spicey Tiger who is a reserve.

Lord Michael Taylor, another owner that holds two Gold Cups, has the 2008 winner of the Gold Cup, Pure Temptation nominated, but this year he is a reserve. He also has another reserve in Show Me The Money.