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.