Exciting racing expected in Diamonds International/Montblanc races tomorrow

Marketing Manager for Diamonds International, Simone Ward, presents the trophy for the Diamonds International/Montblanc Challenge Sprint Trophy to Director of the Barbados Turf Club, Luther Miller III.

The Barbados Advocate | PG | 1/27/2012

Exciting racing is expected tomorrow when the Coolmore “Home of Champions” and Diamonds International/ Montblanc Raceday comes off at the Garrison Savannah.

One of the races many fans will be coming to see will be the Diamonds International/ Montblanc Challenge Sprint Trophy. A full field of 12 horses will face the starter’s gun on Saturday and this race is a prep race for the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint. According to Simone Ward, Marketing Manager of Diamonds International, this race should be a very competitive one.

“The Sprint Challenge Trophy is going to be a particularly exciting race and I know that some of the horses that are being featured in the race are vying to be running in the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint,” said Ward.

Director of the Barbados Turf Club, Luther Miller III, echoed her sentiment and added that many of the horses entered for the Challenge Sprint are also entered for the Spa Sprint on Gold Cup day. He noted that as of yesterday 16 horses were entered and the second subscription is due today, and that number will either stay the same or increase.

“Obviously with just 12 slots for the race, four horses will have to come out. The selection process will be dependent on how the horses run this Saturday, and it will be interesting to see how they finish the Montblanc Sprint and that will determine who will get priority for the Spa Sprint,” said Miller.

Diamonds International is one of the major sponsors of horse racing in Barbados and the company, along with Montblanc, has also thrown its support behind two other races. The Diamonds International/Montblanc Villeret Condition Race going 1100m and the Diamonds International/Montblanc Twinfly going 1570m are open to three-year-old maidens only and are the first two races on the card. Most of the horses in these two races will be facing the starter for the first time, while there are some others who will be starting for only their second or third time.

“This is a good opportunity to bring horses on, and the fact they are running for a very good stake, supported by Diamonds International, will make that race that much more interesting,” said Miller.

Ward added: “It is going to be fun and we have been having great crowds. This is going to be the final one, so I want everyone to come out to this race day on Saturday. We look forward to seeing you and we do have some give-aways, so please come and you never know, you might win a Montblanc gift.”

There are eight races on the card for Saturday and post time for the first race is 1:30 p.m. (PG)