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GOLD CUP FEVER IS IN THE AIR!!!!!!!

Gold Cup fever is in the air, and it begins with the arrival of one of one of the overseas entrants in Cavaichi, this 2008 Dk B/g by Fusaichi Pegasus ex Houston Tune has campaigned @ Woodbine Racetrack under Trainer Robert Peirce and has to date 2 wins, 3 seconds and 2 thirds from 11 starts for earnings of US$64,555, possibly he wll have his first work out on Sat Jan 14, 2012 in the morning. We all wish him and his connections good luck as they go for gold on the 1st Sat in Mar 2012.

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Ward – by a long way

Ward – by a long way

New champion trainer Anderson Ward. (FP)

By Lindon Yarde | Wed, January 04, 2012 | nationnews.com

Last year, Anderson Ward did to the trainers what he has done to jockeys for some time: head straight to the front and never look back.

Once the toast of the Garrison from the saddle, Ward became the fourth champion trainer in as many years.

Since gaining his trainer’s licence in March 2010, Ward has established himself among the best trainers in the land.

The handler of the Blue Diamond Stable ensures his charges are always immaculately turned out and looking the picture of health.

Year review: Statistics for the year shows that Ward, a 17 per cent winning trainer, sent out 190 runners with returns of 32-19-26-21 and earnings of $715 990.

Ward’s stellar year began with the capture of the Coolmore Home Of Champions Stakes & Trophy over 1 800 metres with the mare Bouncebak.

Next was the Guardian General Stakes and Trophy for three-year-olds over 1 570 metres with Istanbul.

Following was the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company Trophy over 1 570 metres with the imperious Daga, who won four of her five starts last year.

Ward’s other major triumphs were the T.A. Tommy Peirce Memorial Stakes & Trophy and the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy for the top rated horses 0-145 both races over 1 570 metres with Show Me The Money.

Apart from Daga his other famous runners were Captain Sully (4), Bouncebak (4), Istanbul and Vitality (3) all of whom kept the stable’s flag afloat.

Third season returns: In the just-concluded season, Ward sent out 41 runners and earned $151 570 from eight wins, five seconds, three thirds, and six fourth-place finishes.

Not even an outbreak of equine cough could stop his dominance.

Defending champion Andrew Nunes, also a 17 percentage winning trainer, was always trying to close the gap both by earnings and in wins.

In the end, he had to settle for second place with year statistics of 20-16-14-13 from 117 runners who earned $460 615.

Nunes’s main weapon was his three-year old filly Kendal Moon who recorded a hat-trick of major events: the Barbados Fillies Guineas (1 570m), Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Midsummer Creole Classic (1 800m) and the United Insurance Barbados Derby (2 000m).

Third season returns: Nunes took fourth spot in the third season with a 1-6-2-1 record from 23 runners who earned $80 335.

Edward Walcott Jnr, with a win percentage of 15, maintained his third place in the yearly standings.

His stocks earned $396 773, decorated by 16-14-8-7 from his 105 runners.

Zoom confirmed his status as Springhead’s best horse in training with four victories including in the Sandy Lane Gold Cup.

Third season returns: Walcott Jnr captured third position with statistics of 5-2-3-3 from 23 runners all earning $80 946.

Victor Cheeseman, with a win percentage of 12, had a memorable 2011. His charges continued to perform the very same high level as the second season, enabling him to capture the critical fourth spot. Cheeseman’s yearly statistics reveals earnings of $256 620, made up of 16-15-14-13 from 132 runners.

Third season returns: Cheeseman, with statistics of 5-4-3-8 from 31 runners and earnings of $108 173, continued his good form and finished second in that just concluded season.

Trotman’s jockey of the year

Anderson Trotman pushing Lady Quill to one of her victories last year. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

By Lindon Yarde | Wed, January 04, 2012 | nationnews.com

The 2011 Jockeys’ Championship appeared poised for a great finish going into the final day, with runaway leaders Jalon Samuel and Anderson Trotman locked on 31 wins each.

The equation heavily favoured the challenger Trotman, who had more second-place finishes.

At the conclusion of Race 10, both riders were winless on the card which meant that Trotman had secured another riding title.

Their performance on the day epitomized the sub-standard third season they had as they mustered in three victories from 53 rides between them.

This title gave Trotman an unprecedented sixth riding title in Barbados. He had won titles back in 1995, 1996, 2004, 2005 and 2007.

His partnership with owner Sir Charles Williams and trainer Andrew Nunes has once more proven very profitable.

The hard graft he put in rewarded him with yearly figures of 31-25-21-14 from 146 rides and earnings of $556 392 and a win percentage of 21.

Trotman found the going rough in the third season when the trainers had plenty options.

He was at his best during the first two seasons and that was enough to seal the deal for him.

His main players were the three-year-old filly Kendal Moon who landed the Midsummer Creole Classic over 1 800 metres, the United Insurance Barbados Derby over 2 000 metres and Apostle, which won the Val Gale Cup for the top-rated horses (118-140) over 1 800 metres.

He also won four races on the imported three-year-old Nomoreginrog.

Third season returns: Position: Unplaced with 1-8-6-2 from 29 rides all earning $97 195.

Last year’s champion Samuel was denied a repeat success as he failed to break the deadlock with Trotman.

The 22 percentage winning rider had yearly statistics of 31-18-18-24 from 142 mounts and earnings of $509 786.

Samuel’s major success was winning the Cool More Home Of Champions Stakes & Trophy and the Tanglewood Stakes & Trophy over 1 800 and 2 000 metres respectively with Bouncebak.

He endured his worst season ever during the just concluded third season.

Third season returns: Position: Unplaced with 2-3-2-6 from 24 mounts all earning $39 150.

Antonio Bishop rocketed himself into the third position in the overall standings. His winning percentage of 16 coupled with consistent performances ensured he would lose his apprenticeship on the last day of the third season.

From 107 mounts, his statistics were 17-15-12-14 with earnings of $397 803.

Apart from gleefully accepting the Sandy Lane Gold Cup victory his main accomplishment would have been him be crowned champion apprentice for 2011.

His victory aboard Zoom in the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Breeders’ Classic over 1 800 metres would also be a standout.

Third season returns: Position: Third with 5-2-3-4 from 22 mounts earnings of $89 387.

Reshaun Latchman, after a late start to the year, displayed much improved skills and was richly rewarded with fourth place finish in the overall championship.

He was one of two riders to distinguish themselves in the third season, the other being Paul Eddery.

The 18 percentage winning rider accumulated year figures of 13-11-13-4 from 72 mounts which earned $221 594.

Latchman landed two triple victories during the third season. On Day 3, he scored with Indian Officer, Jusanotheropinion and Desert Orchid and wrapped up the year with his second treble aboard Indian Officer, Aston Martin and Giovedi.

Third season returns: Position: Second with 6-6-4-5 from 30 mounts and earnings of $128 058.

Surprise! surprise! The third racing season crowned a new and different season champion in Irish-born Paul Eddery, who won his first season title in Barbados.

Riding predominantly for Blue Diamond Stable, the veteran took the third season honours with seven wins, three seconds, one third and three fourth-place finishes from 33 mounts which have all combined to earn $88 075.

Eddery started the year in late April but despite the incredible season he failed to break into the top four of the year.

Kendal Moon shows her class

 

Kendal Moon showed she is pure class in winning yesterday’s feature Diamonds International/Montblanc Meisterstuck (Handicap) at the Garrison Savannah. Jockey Jonathan Grant was in the saddle for the winning ride and the pair are seen here in front of the grand stand after the race with trainer Andrew Nunes (second right) and a supporter.

Charlie Heath | 1/3/2012 | Barbados Advocate

The Sir Charles Williams owned and bred 4-year-old bay filly, Kendal Moon, showed what a classy filly she is, when she won yesterday’s feature Diamonds International/Montblanc Meisterstuck (Handicap) at the Garrison Savannah.

The Andrew Nunes trained filly, last year won the last two jewels of the triple crown, the Midsummer Classic and the United Insurance Barbados Derby. Racing against the older horses yesterday at the Garrison Savannah, on the first day of the Barbados Turf Clubs first racing season, she showed that she will be a force to be reckoned with as a 4-year-old.

Leaving the gate, Jonathan Grant was content to keep Kendal Moon, just off the torrid pace being set by Preach To Me, Charge It, and Indanger. It was not until approaching the two furlong marker that Grant asked the filly to get closer to the leaders, and by the time they straightened up for home, the filly quickened beautifully, to go on and win from the Daniel & Martin Reizman owned, Roger Parravicino trained, Indanger, with Antonio Bishop in the irons. It was also a great run from the 5-year-old Indanger, as he was on the pace from the off. Third was the Christopher Gibbs owned Ring Time, who was out paced early, and came with a late run from way off the pace, with Antonio Whitehall. Fusaichi Ridge finished fourth.

The Diamonds International/Montblanc Tribute (Condition Race) for West Indian Bred 2-year-olds, (At the time of entry), going 1100 metres, was won by Finbar, owned by Jerry Alleyne, trained by Ken Stanton, and ridden by Antonio Bishop. Finbar, was the only horse in the race that had faced the starter before. He broke from the gate smartly, and did exactly what was expected of him, and that was to improve his position. He ran out an easy winner, and showed that he will be one to watch in the future. The Aysha Syndicate owned, Iamsogroovy, trained by Stephen Bynoe, and ridden by Reshawn Latchman, ran on well to finish second, while the Lord Michael Taylor owned, Verden, trained by Andy Ward and ridden by Paul Eddery was third, with Water Moon fourth.

The 2-year-olds of 2011 Sales Graduates Futurity (Condition Race), for Barbados Bred 2-year-olds (At time of Entry) going 1100 metres, was won by the Lord Michael Taylor owned, Andy Ward trained Verkauf, bred by Bruce Bailey.

Paul Eddery wasted no time in putting Verkauf to the front, and as hard as Kyle Carter, on the Raphael Green, Victor Cheeseman trained Capere tried, there was no catching Verkauf, and Capere had to settle for second. The Lady Williams owned, Gorgeous, trained by Andrew Nunes with Jonathan Grant in the saddle was third, and Mudlark finished fourth.

Jalon Samuel was the only jockey to land two winners on the card.

Racing continues on Errol Barrow Day, Saturday January 21. (CH)

TWO DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL/MONT BLANC FEATURE RACES ON MONDAY

Pictured “Show me the money winner Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, Dec 26th, 2011

Charlie Heath | Sunday 1st January, 2012 | Barbados Advocate

The Barbados Turf Club will be starting the first racing season of 2012, on Monday, January 2, with an eight race card that includes two feature races sponsored by Diamond International/ MontBlanc.

The first to be run is the Diamonds International/ MontBlanc Tribute (Condition Race) for West Indian bred 3-year-old Maidens (At time of entry), going 1570 metres.

This race has attracted 19 horses, of which three are scratched, leaving the race over subscribed at time of declaration by four.

What makes this race very interesting is the fact that most of the horses have not yet raced, and those that have showed little or no form,which means that the winner could come from one of those that have not yet raced, and punters could end up collecting some very good dividends.

Of those that have raced Finbar showed the most promise.

The second feature is the Diamonds International/ MontBlanc Meisterstuck (Handicap) for 3-year-olds & older rated 88-110 (At time of entry) (Also open to 3-year-old & older horses rated 87 and below) (At time of entry).

What a race this should be! Again this race is over subscribed, as 16 horse are declared to start, which means they are four reserves. The top weight of 130 pounds is allotted to Ring Time, while Purr Class takes 128, Charge It 125, and Kingdora 124 pounds. Also entered is the 2011 Derby winner Kendal Moon, who has the light weight of 109 pounds.

This is a superfecta betting race, and the lucky punters that can get the correct combination, could well find themselves collecting a very good dividend.  (CH)

Racing gets underway at 1.00 pm on the day.

Racing season kicks off Monday

Racing season kicks off Monday


By Lindon Yarde | Fri, December 30, 2011 | nationnews.com

The Barbados Turf Club starts its 2012 programme with the II Diamonds International MontBlanc race day, on Monday at the Garrison Savannah with eight races from 1 p.m.

Race 2, the Diamonds International/MontBlanc Night Flight Handicap over 1 570 metres for three-year-old and older horses rated 33-55, and also open to horses rated 32 and below, looks a crackerjack in the making. Of the 16 horses entered, no fewer than four have visited winners’ enclosure in their last efforts.

King Of The Jungle, now set to carry 124 pounds, took the Diamonds International Gift Handicap (Division-B); Jusanotheropinion, taking 125 pounds, secured his win in Division-A; Johnny Sad Boy, sharing top weight of 130 with Just Jiving, scorched a field of 12 horses rated 30-55 in the Thady Quill Handicap over 1 000 metres, while Between The Sheik, who will shoulder 125 pounds, got his second career win taking the Diamonds International/Safi Kilima Handicap for his new trainer Naz Issa.

With all the above winners now peaking or getting near their best form, it should be difficult for the likes of Uncle Jerry, who will shoulder 125 pounds, Proud Bajan (124) pounds, who is back after a layoff, Irish Thunder (127), also in good form and Uneverno, who is down to carry 123 pounds, all of whom are capable of pulling it off.

Diamonds International/Crown Of Light Handicap, over 1 100 metres, for three-year-old and older horses rated 35-60, and also open to horses 34 and below, looks pretty straightforward.

Aysha Syndicate-owned Time D’or not only finds himself sharing the heavy weight of 133 pounds with Whataline, but down in the bottom cellar ratings. He should represent his connections very well here. He should, however, expect a tough time from his more youthful opponents.

Spellbound, drawn against the rail, should make her presence felt especially after her last effort going the trip when she was a gutsy second behind the winner Glistening in the Diamonds International/Safi Kilima event for horses rated 25-50 over 1 100 metres.

Whataline, Just Dance (124) and Fernandina (128) have all secured top four positions in their last runs. Domineering, handicapped at 130 pounds, lost his maiden tag by easily defeating West Indian maidens in the Diamonds International/Galleria condition race over 1 100 metres.

Sweet Enough has been given every opportunity in her last couple of efforts and has always seems to come up short; she should be given one more chance.

Two to watch

Rico Walcott on board Show Me The Money (l) slipping the field and holding off Zoom to win the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy. (Kenmore Bynoe)

By Lindon Yarde | Tue, December 27, 2011 | www.nationnews.com

On a good to firm track, patrons witnessed the performances of two future stars in Aston Martin and Show Me The Money as horse racing 2011 closed yesterday at the Garrison Savannah with some tremendous finishes before a large crowd.

First up it was the awesome looking Aston Martin who drew first blood in Race 5, the Diamonds International/ MontBlanc Challenge Stakes and Trophy for West Indian bred two-year-olds over 1 570 metres.

Aston Martin, under champion apprentice Reshaun Latchman, strode to a scintillating one-and-a-half length victory.

When starter Mark Batson sent them on the way, the Mark Armstrong-owned colt was tucked away behind early leaders Rickoshey, Southern Lights, Capere, Secret Of Success and Dipitinmoney.

While Rickoshey took them along at a leisurely gallop going towards the three-furlong pole, Aston Martin could be seen making rapid headway on the outside.

Entering the home stretch, Rickoshey under Rico Walcott, continued to lead with Aston Martin in hot pursuit and closing with every stride. He was then switched from the outside to the inside rail and sailed away for the win.

Risckoshey held on for second place, while Capere, ridden by Kyle Carter, ran impressively to finish third, with Divine Destiny and Ricky Walcott in the irons back in the fourth spot.

That win was one of three for Latchman, who in the process captured the champion apprentice jockey title.

His other wins were with Indian Officer which took the Diamonds International Gift Condition race Division “A” for West Indian-bred two-year-old maidens over 1 570 metres, and Giovedi, which won the Diamonds International Crown Of Light Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 68-90 and also open to horses rated 67 and below over 1 800 metres.

The day’s other supporting feature, the Victor Chandler Stakes and Trophy for three-year-olds and older over 1 570 metres, was impressively won by Lord Michael Taylor-owned Show Me The Money under Rico Walcott.

Never challenged for the entire journey, the pair sailed home for the popular victory to the applause of the appreciative crowd. With this performance, he put up his hand as one of the leading contenders for the main event next year, the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup.

Zoom, under regular pilot Antonio Bishop, who lost his apprenticeship during the course of the day, stalked the early leaders but was never able to get on terms. He was, however, good enough to take second position.

Mingun Temple, paired with jockey Anderson Trotman, came from way back to be third, while Daga, ridden by Paul Eddery, was back in fourth.

The Barbados Turf Club’s first season of racing for 2012 gets going on Monday and will be sponsored once again by Diamonds International MontBlanc.

Post time is 1 p.m.

Zoom looking for repeat victory on Boxing Day

12/25/2011 | Charlie Heath | Barbados Advocate
The Gay Smith-owned Zoom, who won the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup earlier this year, is looking to repeat that performance on Boxing Day in the feature Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy for three-year-olds and over, going 1 570 metres. John Brian, Daga and Fusaichi Ridge could be dangers.

The Diamonds International/ Montblanc Challenge Stakes & Trophy, for West Indian Bred two-year-olds, going 1570 metres, looks like it could end in a very exciting finish.

Aston Martin, a winner over 1 100 metres, was beaten last time out over 1 570 metres by Dipitinmoney and Roars. However, if held up and brought with a run, he is very capable of
winning. His dangers could be Dipitinmoney, Roars and Something Happenin.

The supporting feature on the card is the Boxing Day International Trophy (Condition Race) for two-year-olds with preference given to non-West Indian bred, going 1 570 metres.

This could be a straight battle between Indian Officer and Discreetwon.

One of the features of the day is the battle for the 2011 Jockey Title. Anderson Trotman and Jalon Samuel, two of the best jockeys riding at the Garrison, are now locked on 31 wins each, with Trotman holding the edge with 25 seconds to Samuel’s 17.

Last year Samuel won the title and will be out to do the same this year, while Trotman will be doing his best to wrestle it for him. Post time for the first race is 12 p.m. (CH)