International Entries Arriving Sunday 27th Feb, 2011

As we move in to the final week of the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup two international horses to arrive at BGI Sunday 27th February, 2011. Horses travelling from St Kitts include Bad Action, owner Daislyn Sharpe, trained by Lester Warren and Al Portador owner M&S Stables, trained by Jason Liburd.

Trainer confident Rocamadour can win

By Petra Harvey | The Barbados Advocate | 27th February, 2011

The 2011 edition of the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup is being described by pundits as one of the more open fields in the history of the race.

However, if there is one horse that many feel has a good chance of winning the prestigious race, it is the Melrose Racing/Clifton Racing-owned Rocamadour. Rocamadour pulled post position two at the draw last Thursday, right next to another local favourite Show Me The Money, which pulled post position one.

The five-year-old bay colt stunned everyone at the Garrison last year to win the Val Gale Cup, from a field that included the likes of Pure Temptation, Apostle, Zoom and Show Me The Money. However, in his very next race, the Queen’s Plate, Rocamadour picked up a serious injury that saw him out of action until Boxing Day last year.

Trainer Jonathan Simpson spoke to the Barbados Advocate and he admitted he is quietly confident that his charge will bring home the bacon next Saturday, especially with Jono Jones in the saddle. Jones has won the Gold Cup four times in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 and is tied with Venice Richards for most Gold Cup wins.

“I think post position two is fantastic. Any position on the inside between two and maybe eight, going over nine furlongs, is a nice draw. With post position two Rocamadour has the ability that he can go to front. He has early speed and what I think he will try to do is to get out and Jono Jones can get him in a good position and play the race out from there. As we see most of the speed horses have been drawn in the outside four boxes so that is going to be interesting,” said Simpson.

Simpson also added that Rocamadour is coming along nicely after his injury scare last year. During last year’s Queen’s Plate Handicap, Rocamadour shattered the entire bottom of his left front foot and had to be sent out to pasture. However, Simpson noted they are pleased with his recovery as Rocamadour is looking again to spring some surprises.

“He came back big and strong and came fifth on Boxing Day in the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy. He turned for home and he was last and he was swallowing them up, every yard he was getting closer and closer.

“We have been trying very hard to keep him fit for this race and at this moment I would say he is as fit as he has ever been or fitter. We are working him on the track very early to get the best track, so not a lot of people have seen him. So we are coming like a stealth bomber,” said Simpson.

Sandy Lane City parade | By Lisa King | Sat, February 26, 2011

The pomp and pageantry of the Sandy Lane Gold Cup took to the City streets today.

It was a lead up to next week’s big sporting day on the race track.

The parade left Kensington Oval with the Royal Barbados Police Force mounted division, the police band, the dance troupe and 100-plus Sandy Lane staffers dressed in pink T-shirts along with the Trident Elite Cheer and Dance group whose gymnastic moves and dance routines entertained the scores of onlookers who lined the streets.

With flags waving and calypso music playing, the parade progressed along Princess Alice Highway, onto Broad Street and ended in Independence Square for a concert featuring resident performer at Sandy Lane, Keturah and local singer Toni Norville.

Robert Logan, General Manager of Sandy Lane Hotel said this year was significant for Sandy Lane as it will be the 15th year the hotel has been the title sponsor of the island’s 30 year old premier horse racing event.

Join us for the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup Motorcade on Saturday, 26th February, 2011

Festivities will continue this weekend with the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup Motorcade on Saturday 26th February. The motorcade will commence at 10.00am at Kensington Oval travel to Independence Square for a concert with Kitorah and Toni Norville performing for the public from 11am to 12pm. Sandy Lane Hotel representatives welcomed the public to come out and enjoy the celebrations on Saturday 26th February, 2011

Post Position Draw Confirms

Excitement continues during the final week of preparations for the XXX Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup. The Post Position Draw Press Conference was hosted by Sandy Lane Hotel on Thursday 24th February, 2011, during opening remarks Mr Robert Logan; General Manager of the Sandy Lane Hotel conveyed his excitement to be once again involved in this internationally recognised group 1 race. He stated “Thank you to the owners, trainers and jockeys that have come together to make the 2011 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup. This is a particularly memorable time for us at Sandy Lane Hotel as we also celebrate 50 years of operation.  Sandy Lane Hotel first opened in 1961, and reopened on the 19th March, 2001 by the current owners”.

Pam Marshall, Director of the Barbados Turf Club spoke from the heart “Thank you Derrick and Gay Smith, I am so happy and proud to be part of the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup with a special thank you to Mr Derrick Smith for his inspiration and commitment when we were searching for a sponsor many years ago.”

Luther Miller III JP, Vice President of the Barbados Turf Club expressed gratitude in Sandy Lane Hotel’s support of the Barbados Turf Club and in particular the sponsors making this the only Group 1 race in the Caribbean.  He made a special vote of thanks to the BTC staff who have been working hard to ensure the stands were race ready.

Festivities will continue this weekend with the Sandy Lane Hotel Motorcade on Saturday 26th February. The motorcade will commence at 10.00am at Kensington Oval travel to Independence Square for a concert with Kitorah and Toni Norville performing for the public from 11am to 12pm. Sandy Lane Hotel representatives welcomed the public to come out and enjoy the celebrations on Saturday.

The XXX Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup Post Positions

Al Portador    Gate 7

Apostle    Gate 14

Bad Action   Gate 4

Bird Watch (Res 2)   Gate 5

Charge It    Gate 9

Grand Cash    Gate 10

John Brian    Gate 6

Just Call Me Roger   Gate 11

Mingun Temple   Gate 13

Reward Me (Res 1)   Gate 8

Rocamadour   Gate 2

Saftey Zone   Gate 12

Show Me The Money   Gate 1

Zoom   Gate 3


Charlie Heath | February 19th, 2011

Racehorse owner Eugene Melnyk, is in search of a third Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup, as he has two horses nominated at the final stage for the 2011 running of the race.

After the first stage of nominations 22 horses were eligible, but after the second and final nomination closed on January 28, nineteen horses are nominated, which means the race is still over subscribed by seven, as only 12 can face the starter.

Unfortunately, the 2009 Triple Crown winner, Areutalkintome is out, as is Bribon, who ran a corking race last year to finish second to Sterwins, who is not returning to defend his title. Also out is Dancing David, Preach To Me and Stewards Hill.

Two have paid a penalty to get into the race, and they are Neil Cochrane’s, Elizabul, who represents Antigua, and the Eugene Melnyk owned, Emerald Crescent, who represents Canada.

The Barbados Turf Club has chosen the 12 horses to run in the race, and named the seven reserves.

Heading the list of those eligible to run, is the 4-year-old colt, Jairzihno, who is owned by N.Callaghan and A.Thompson, and he will representing the United States. He is by Royal Applause out of Polish Belle. He is a classy type who ran second in the Del Mar Derby (G2)  in September last year, was sixth in the Oak Tree Derby (G2) in October, and again sixth later in the month in the Hollywood Derby.. He ran on January 17 this year at Santa Anita, in an Allowance OS race over 1 1/8 miles on the turf, and finished third. He runs well on the turf and has won at 1 1/8 miles. He should not have a problem getting 1800 metres at the Garrison.

Eugene Melnyk will be looking to his 7-year-old gelding, Safety Zone, who is by King Cugat out of Open View, to land him another prestigious Gold Cup. Safety Zone ran eight times last year at Woodbine in Canada, and won five times. He has won six of his last seven race, as on January 8, this year, he won in the United States. He will represent Canada.

Melnyk also has Emerald Crescent nominated but the 5-year-old gelding is a reserve. Trinidad will be represented by Just Call Me Roger, owned by Tres Amigos. Representing St. Kitts, is Bad Action, who ran in last year’s race. He is now owned by Daislyn Sharpe. Al Portador from the M.S Stables is the other representing St. Kitts.

Representing Antigua is Elizabul, who at this time is also one of the reserves. Barbados will be represented by the Sir Charles Williams & Elias Haloute owned top creole, Apostle, who ran a beauty last year finishing third, and only beaten by the two grade one horses Sterwins and Bribon.

Barbados will also be looking to the Amanda Marshall-Way & Helen Spencer owned Mingun Temple, to come up with one of his big runs, as he has shown that he has the ability to be a stronger contender.

The others representing Barbados are the improving Reward Me, and John Brian, who finished in the money in the last few Gold Cups. Both are owned by Sir David Seale, who along with his wife Lady Seale have five Gold Cups in their cabinet at Hopefield. Aysha Syndicate has Charge It, as well as two reserves, Bird Watch and Duc D Fer. Melrose Stables has Rocamadour. Gay Smith, who is also the owner of two Gold Cups, will be represented by the much improved creole, Zoom. She also has Spicey Tiger who is a reserve.

Lord Michael Taylor, another owner that holds two Gold Cups, has the 2008 winner of the Gold Cup, Pure Temptation nominated, but this year he is a reserve. He also has another reserve in Show Me The Money.


by Charlie Heath | February 13, 2011

The Lord Michael Taylor owned, Andy Ward trained Daga was a convincing winner of the feature Rotherley Construction Inc. Stakes & Trophy (Condition Race) for Imported (Non-West Indian Bred) 3-year-olds, run over 1570 metres.

Daga was looking for her third straight win, and Jockey Jalon Samuel gave her every chance to prove herself put tucking her in on the rail just off the early pace set by Nomoreginrog, until turning for home when he brought her with a well timed sweeping run to go on to win with a bit in hand. Second was the Bill & Hayley Blevin owned Giovedi, trained by Jonathan Simpson, and ridden by Reshawn Latchman, while stablemate Graeme Hill finished third and Nomoreginrog held on for fourth.

They were two supporting feature races, the first being the Rotherley Construction Inc. BTBA Sales Graduates 3-year-old Colts & Geldings Stakes & Trophy, going 1100 metres. This was won by the Lord Michael Taylor owned Vitality, trained by Andy Ward. Jalon Samuel had the leg up on the handsome young dark bay colt, and made no mistake. He broke smartly from the gate, and from there it was just a matter of who would collect the minor parts of the purse. In the end it was stable companion Must Be In The Money with Kyle Carter in the irons that finished second. Dunwiddat was third and Whatadeal fourth. The win was also the third straight for Vitality.

The other supporting feature was the Rotherley Construction Inc. BTBA Sales Graduates 3-year-old Fillies Stakes & Trophy (Condition Race) for West Indian Bred 3-year-old Fillies, going 1100 metres. This was won by the Sir. Charles Williams & Lady Williams owned Slip Stream, trained by Andrew Nunes. This flying bay filly with Anderson Trotman in control flew out of the gates like a missile set on a target, which was the finishing line, and there was no defense to stop her, as the others just could not cope with her speed. She went on to win as she liked. The Christopher Gibbs owned Indian Soul trained by Boston John, and ridden by Kenny John was second. Sweet Bottom Suzy was third and Reprise fourth.

Sir Charles Williams certainly must be pleased with the dominant way in which Slip Stream put away her opponents, for he not only owns the filly with his wife Lady Williams, but he also bred the filly. Two other horses bred by Sir Charles won on the day. Vitality won the third race and Captain Sully won race five. Leading jockey Jalon Samuel continues to show his class, as he landed three winners, Vitality in race three, Captain Sully in race five and Daga in race seven. Anderson Trotman and Reshawn Latchman both won two races.

Leading trainer Anderson Ward extended his lead by saddling three winners, Vitality, Captain Sully and Daga, all owned by Lord Michael Taylor. Judging from the crowd yesterday, come March 5, the next race day, which is Sandy Lane Gold Cup Day, the Garrison is going to be packed.


By Charlie Heath | Saturday 12 February, 2011

They are nine very competitive races carded for today at the Garrison Savannah, the fourth day of the Barbados Turf Club’s fist racing season. Race seven is the feature Rotherley Construction Inc. Stakes & Trophy, for non West Indian Bred 3-year-olds, going 1570 metres.

The Lord Michael Taylor owned Daga, comes out for the first time this year after winning her last two starts last year, and will be looking to make it three straight. Nomoreginrog ran a beauty last time out when winning. Royal Spirit, is capable of coming up with a big run here, while Giovedi, in her first start showed signs of ability when finishing a good third.

Thanks to Rotherley Construction Inc, they are some supporting features, starting with race three, where the winner looks to be Vitality. Sable companion, Must Be In The Money, could be a danger, as could be Jack Is Back.

Race four, is the Rotherley Construction Inc. Sprint, for 3-year-olds and older rated 0-145, going 1100 metres. Kingdora, although having the big weight of 133 pounds, could be the one to beat, while stable companion Purr Class looks to be the danger at the weights.

The final supporting feature is the Rotherley Construction. BTBA Sales Graduates 3-year-old Fillies Stakes & trophy (CR) for West Indian Bred 3-year-old Fillies, going 1100 metres. The Sir Charles Williams owned and bred flying filly, Slip Stream, should be able to show this field a clean pair of heels in this one, while Reprise, Fernandina and Sweet Bottom Suzy, could be playing catch up for the whole race.

The days first race is for 4-year-olds and over rated 0-110, going 1800 metres. Any of the six running are capable of winning. The improving Conquest, steps up in class after coming off two straight wins, Ring Time is better off at the weights this time around against Bird Watch.

Race two is for the 3-year-olds and older rated 0-60, going 1800 metres. Just Jiving likes the soft ground, and won last time out and should be in the money again, Uneverno, Double Dagger and Uncle Jerry, could be the others concerned in the finish.

Race five for the 3-year-olds and older rated 0-75, going 1570 metres, is another very competitive race that should end up with a good superfecta payout to any lucky punter getting the four horses in the correct order. Captain Sully, Up The Ante, Sweet Enough, and Wash Brook and Zaltarr, could find themselves fighting out the finish.

In race eight, it could be Savannah Sun, Sweet And Sour, Bustamante, Unreal and Sophie making up the superfecta combination.

In the final race Lady Patrick is coming off of two good runs and has to be considered. Midnight Express, Assanova, and Inherit The Wind are dangers.