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THE RACEDAY OF SATURDAY DECEMBER 3, 2011 (THE DIAMONDS INTERNATION/MONTBLANC RACEDAY) HAS BEEN POSTPONED

01 December, 2011

PRESS RELEASE 

The Barbados Turf Club wishes to advise that following an inspection of the race track on the evening of Wednesday 30 November 2011, the Race Day Stewards have postponed the Diamonds International/Mont Blanc Raceday,  which was scheduled to be held on Saturday, 3 December 2011;  due to certain waterlogged areas on the track and in particular the unevenness of the track making it not fit for racing and which the maintenance team is unable to immediately rectify as a result of the track being too soft for the use of heavy equipment.

The matter has been referred to the Board of Directors in order that they reschedule the postponed race day for a convenient date.

Please be guided accordingly.

Rosette Peirce

Secretary/Chief Executive Officer

John is back

John is back


www.nationnews.com | Sun, November 20, 2011

The name may be as simple as they come, even for a race horse.

But don’t left the name fool you.

John Brian is back with a bang, having not won since December 2009.

One of the island’s top three-year-olds, the Liz Deane-trained horse, showed all and sundry how to make a comeback, storming to victory in the Queen’s Plate Handicap, when the Barbados Turf Club’s second racing season continued yesterday at the Garrison Savannah.

And what an impressive field to do it against.

John Brian’s victory came against the likes of former Sandy Lane Gold Cup winners Daga and Mingun Temple.

In this Kenmore Bynoe picture, John Brian, with Ricky Walcott aboard, slamming the field in yesterday’s feature race.

Aston Martin one to watch

Aston Martin one to watch

Anderson Trotman (front) piloting Lady Quill to victory from Captain Apache and Areuserious during the last racing season. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

www.nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Fri, November 04, 2011 – 12:03 AM

After an eight-week break life in the fast lane returns to the Garrison Savannah, tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. with an action-packed eight-race card on the first day of the third season.

Ninety-four horses have been entered for the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s race day, staged by the Barbados Turf Club.

The Elliott Williams Memorial Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy (GR.1RB,-BAR) for Barbadian-bred two-year-olds over 1 100 metres promises to be a scorcher.

With over $59 000 in prize money, all the leading juveniles have been entered in the event where colts take 126 and the fillies carry 121 pounds.

Heading this star-studded field is the awesome looking colt Aston Martin. Other winners include Chimichurri, 126 pounds and Verkauf and Capere, both with 121 pounds.

The Mark Armstrong-owned Aston Martin was an enterprising second in his first outing behind the filly Verkauf, but impressively turned the tables by taking the Kathleen Taylor Memorial Condition race over 1 100 metres with plenty left in the tank. On that effort it appears difficult to look elsewhere for a winner.

The connections of Chimichurri, owner Sir Charles Williams and trainer Andrew Nunes must feel they have a good chance of reversing the tables on last time conqueror Aston Martin. They now meet at level weights compared to the 12 pounds Chimichurri had spotted the colt.

Lord Michael Taylor-owned Verkauf enjoyed the pleasure of beating Aston Martin first time they met in the R.L. Seale & Company Limited Trophy Allotted Weights race over 1 100 metres.

The return encounter proved to be nothing more than an exercise gallop around the Savannah for Aston Martin. Verkauf has shown lots of promise and should still be around at the finish.

Capere, after winning the Kabul Allotted Weights race over 1 000 metres went under to Chimichurri in the Junior Kadooment Condition race also over 1 000 metres.

The top rated horses will clash in the Bushy Park Trophy Handicap for three-year-olds and older going 1 100 metres. Not only is this expected to be a quick affair but it will serve as a prep race for two horses nominated for the Caribbean Nations Racing Challenge race day in Trinidad and Tobago next month.

Those two are the Sir David Seale-owned John Brian and Blue Diamond Stables-owned Purr Class. John Brian, handicapped at 126 pounds, has struggled of late while Purr Class, who shoulders 130 pounds, is yet to run a bad race since her first run and could easily leave the track smoking.

The BTBA Sales Graduates and Queen’s Plate raceday has been abandoned

21 September, 2011

PRESS RELEASE

The Board of Directors of the Barbados Turf Club at a meeting held on Sunday September 18, 2011 decided that the 10th Raceday of the 2nd Racing Season 2011 (The BTBA Sale Graduates and Queen’s Plate Raceday) which had been postponed on two occasions, would be abandoned in order to facilitate repairs and maintenance work on both the turf (grass) and sand tracks as soon as possible.

Work on the turf track commenced on the evening of Monday 19th September and the grading of the sand track is scheduled to take place from Friday 23 to Monday September 26, 2011 during which, the exercise/sand track will be closed. The regular operating schedule should resume from Tuesday  September 27, 2011.

It is expected that racing will resume on Saturday November 05, 2011.

The Club looks forward to the cooperation and support of all stakeholders in the industry as we try to make the necessary improvements to the benefit of all investors.

Rosette Peirce

Secretary/Chief Executive Officer