December 28, 2010 by Charlie Health

The Barbados Turf Club could not have hoped for a better days racing to bring down the curtains on the 2010 season. There were many things factored in to make it a day to remember, starting with the West Indian bred 2-year-old fillies battling against the colts and gelding, going 1570 metres, in the final of the Diamonds International/ Montblanc Bonus Challenge Stakes & Trophy.

The flying filly Slip Stream, who dominated the sprint distances was going 1570 metres for the first time, and the question to be answered was if she could get the distance, especially against such colts as Istambul, Island Memories and Must Be In The Money.

Then there was the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, going 1570, where the best of the creoles were coming up against the imported horses. In addition, the Jockey Title for the year was up for grabs with Anderson Trotman going into the day on 34 wins, one ahead of apprentice Jalon Samuel, who was on 33. The two were also in a battle for the title for the season, as they were both locked on seven wins.

Added to this was the battle for the 2010 Trainers Title. Naz Issa went into the day with his horses earning $462,399 while Andrew Nunes was close on his heels with earnings of $442,677, a lead of $19,722, and for Nunes to win, he would have to saddle the winner of the lucrative Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy.

Still another battle was on between the trainers for the title of the season, this time between Anderson Ward who only this year hung up his boots, and took out a trainers license, and the seasoned Andrew Nunes. Ward was going in with a $38,927 lead over Nunes. For the trainers title by wins, Ward was going in with eight wins, and Nunes with seven.

There was also a carryover superfecta of $3,500 going into race eight, and a carryover of $1,500 in the days pick 4 wager. Who could ask for more?

The first feature run off was the Diamonds International/ Montblanc Bonus Challenge Stakes and Trophy, and it was the Sir Charles Williams speedy filly Slip Stream, trained by Andrew Nunes and ridden by Anderson Trotman who tried to make all the running, but Jalon Samuel on the Lord Michael Taylor owned, Must Be In The Money, would not give her any breathing room, and kept on her heels. Turning for home she started to feel the pressure and began to back pedal, while Must Be In Te Money was also starting to come up short, and at the same time the Lord Michael Taylor, Andy Ward trained pair of Istanbul, and Island Memories with Kyle Carter and Renaldo Cumberbatch were in full flight and they went on to finish first and second respectively. Must Be In The Money held on for third, giving Lord Michael Taylor and Any Ward a one-two-three finish, while Jack Is Back finished fourth.

In the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, Apostle and Areutalkiintome were out of the gates quickly, but were immediately joined by Charge It.

These three contested the lead until Anderson Trotman on the Amanda Marshall-Way & Helen Spencer owned Mingun Temple, trained by Andrew Nunes, came from off the pace to pick up the running, and go on to a very easy victory. The Gay Smith owned, Zoom, trained by Edward Walcott Jnr, and ridden by Renaldo Cumberbatch, ran a beauty of a race to take second place. The Sir David Seale owned John Brian, trained by Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Deane, and ridden by Ricky Walcott, came from a long was back to finish third, while Bipin was fourth.

However, the day belonged to apprentice jockey Jalon Samuel, who only two months ago turned seventeen. He rode with the confidence and skill of a jockey much older than his age. He landed four winners on the day, starting in race two when winning on Vitality, he then won the third race with Reprise, and followed that up by winning the next race on Daga, and he then put the icing on the cake by winning race eight on Zaltarr, which gave have not only the jockey title of the year, but also the apprentice title of the year. Added to that he also ended up winning the jockey title of the season.

Only two years ago Samuel was issued an apprentice license, and already he is left with only one win to become a full jockey. Trainer Andrew Nunes looking for his first trainers title in Barbados, came up big time, when winning with Mingun Temple, as it was that win that put him ahead of Naz Issa, and gave him the 2010 Trainers Title.

Trainer Andy Ward not only had a good day yesterday, saddling four winners, but he also had an outstanding season winning both the trainers title by wins, and by earnings for the third season.

Lord Michael Taylor also had an outstanding day yesterday, winning four races, and ended up as Champion Owner for 2010.

Sir Charles Williams easily took the title as Champion Breeder, as he ended the year way ahead of any of the other breeders.

The 2011 season gets underway on Saturday January 8.