Lord Michael Taylor trio romp home in Michael Parravicino Memorial Stakes

Lord Michael Taylor trio romp home in Michael Parravicino Memorial Stakes

The Barbados Advocate | April 3, 2011

The Lord Michael Taylor trio of Istanbul, Vitality and Island Memories, yesterday afternoon romped home first, second and third, in the Barbados Turf Club’s feature race, at the Garrison Savannah, the Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopeful Breeders’ Stakes & Trophy, for Barbados bred three-year-olds, going 1570 metres.

The three, all trained by Andy Ward, were most impressive, and he has to be complimented for bringing these three young colts bred by Sir Charles Williams, to be the leading three-year-olds to date.

From the time starter Mark Batson sent the nine horse field on their way, jockey Jalon Samuel put Vitality to the front, and he was followed by Istanbul with Kyle Carter. These two were followed for most of the way by Cinnamon Jane, owned by Jane’s Girls, with Anderson Trotman in the saddle, while just behind was Island Memories.

Vitality continued in the lead until reaching two furlongs out when he was pressed by Istanbul for the lead, as the Andrew Nunes trained Cinnamon Jane was giving way to Island Memories who was moving into third.
Turning for home Istanbul took up the running and ran out an easy winner, while Vitality who set the early fractions held on for second, with Island Memories third, and Cinnamon Jane fourth.

The supporting feature the Realtors Limited Trophy (Condition Race) for imported (non-West-Indian-bred) three-year-old maidens and West Indian bred three-year-old winners, sprinting 1100 metres, lived up to its exceptions, as the Sir Charles Williams and Lady Williams-owned, speedy filly Slip Stream, trained by Andrew Nunes, and ridden by Anderson Trotman, opened a three-length lead by the time they had reached the three furlong pole, and with two furlongs to go she had opened a six length lead, and looked like she was cruising to victory.

However, Kyle Carter on the Jonathan Simpson trained Graeme Hill, owned by Bill & Hayley Blevin had other ideas, and was able to catch the filly, who was shortening badly in the last furlong on the wire to win. Slip Stream held on for second. Third was Greeley Gone West, owned by Luther Miller 111 JP, and Suzanne Miller, ridden by Jalon Samuel, and trained by Victor Cheeseman, while Intact, finishing fourth.

The Condominiums At Palm Beach Trophy (Handicap), for three-year-olds and older rated 140 and below, going 1100 metres, produced an outstanding finish, when the Melrose Racing and Clifton Racing owned Rocamadour, trained by Jonathan Simpson, and beautifully ridden by Kenny John ran a corker to win. This five-year-old bay horse, who undoubtedly is a classy type, unfortunately had to withdraw from the Sandy Lane Gold Cup this year, but turned up yesterday after not running since December 2010, and passed his rivals over the last 50 yards like they had stopped, and at a distance that should not be his best. He is sure to make it very interesting when the top class meet over the longer trips. Finishing second was Super Star owned by Gay Smith, trained by Edward Walcott Jnr, with Antonio Bishop in the saddle. The Aysha Syndicate Who’s To Say trained by Naz Issa, and ridden by Reshawn Latchman was third, with Purr Class fourth.
Kyle Carter and Kenny John shared the jockey honours with two wins each.
The trainers honour for the day went to Jonathan Simpson, who saddled three winners.

Racing continues on Saturday, April 16.