by Charlie Heath | Sunday, December 5, 2010

Race fans were treated to a fantastic day of racing last Saturday when the Diamonds International/ Montblanc race day was held at the Garrison.  The first of the five-race Diamond series to be run off at the Garrison, the third day of the Barbados Turf Club’s third racing season, was the Diamonds International/Montblanc Star Walker Gents Stakes & Trophy, for West India bred 2-year-olds, going 1000 metres.

First out of the gates was the Lord Michael Taylor, Andy Ward-trained pair of Must Be The Money and Vitality. After the first furlong, Vitality, with Kyle Carter in the saddle, opened a three-length lead on Jalon Samuel and Must Be The Money. But with a furlong to go, Samuel drew along side Vitality, by which time it had turned into a two-horse race. In the end, Vitality could not go with the fast finishing Must Be The Money, and had to settle for second. Miss Fay Browne’s, Sail On, trained by Victor Cheeseman, with Keveh Nicholls in the irons finished third. Fourth was Verizon.

The second feature, the Ladies division of the race was won by the Sir Charles Williams-bred and owned, Kendal Moon, trained by Andrew Nunes, with Anderson Trotman in the saddle. In this one, Kendal Moon was quickly into stride, and picked up the running along with the Ian Corbin-owned Foxy Baba, trained by Victor Chesseman, and ridden by Renaldo Cumberbatch. Close on their heels was Indian Soul.

As they reached the two furlong marker, Kendal Moon and Foxy Baba were going head to head, while Indian Soul was loosing ground to a fast finishing Fernandina, who was closing on the leaders. With less than a furlong to go the Roger Parravicino trained Fernandina, with Kyle Carter in the saddle, drew along side Kendal Moon as Foxy Baba was back-peddling. At the wire it was Kendal Moon, with Fernandina second, Foxy Baba third and The Milk Maid fourth.

The supporting feature saw the top class horses going 1800 metres in the Diamonds International/Montblanc Meisterstuck Handicap. Once again is his career, the Ellias Haloute & Sir Charles Williams – owned Apostle, showed why he has to be considered one of the best creoles to grace the Garrison Savannah.

The 6-year-old Apostle, bred by Dr.Alan Storey and Mr & Mrs A.S. Haloute, was asked by the handicappers to pick up the top weight of 133 pounds, and since stable jockey Anderson Trotman had elected to ride Mingun Temple, trainer Nunes, who trains both horse, but Apostle in the capable hands of young Chris Husbands. Husbands could not have ridden a better race, as he got the gelding to settle into the lead beautifully from the off, and slowed the pace to a crawl, while the Lord Michael Taylor owned Shoe Me the Money trained by Andy Ward, with inform jockey Jalon Samuel tracked.

With three furlongs to go, the Gay Smith owned Zoom, trained by Edward Walcott Jnr, and ridden by Dario Dalrymple, drew to within a half length of Apostle, while Show Me The Money was just a length back of them in third. Turning for home Husbands still had something in hand, and it was clear to see that even with the big weight of 133 pounds, and giving weight all around he was going to topple the top class once again. As they straightened up, Husbands set him loose and he easily galloped away from the field. Zoom held on for second, with Show Me The Money third, while Spicey Tiger finished fourth.

Apostle has now won 13 of his races, and earned $427,333 for his owners. Of the jockeys, Jalon Samuel was the only one to score twice, while trainer Andy Ward saddled three winners. Naz Issa and Andrew Nunes both saddled two winners. Race fans are enjoying the battle between Anderson Trotman and apprentice Jalon Samuel for the 2010 Jockey Title. Both riders are now locked on 32 wins.

Racing continues next Saturday, featuring the third and fourth Diamonds International races.