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.

The Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup is here!

By Corey Greaves | February 12, 2011 | The Barbados Advocate

In this photo: Captain of British Airways flight 2155 Justin Van Gemeren (right) and general manager of Sandy Lane Hotel, Robert Logan, bringing the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup down the steps after it arrived in Barbados yesterday.

THE countdown for the prestigious Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup officially began when the coveted Cup arrived at 3:43 p.m. yesterday onboard the British Airways flight 2155 at the Grantley Adams International Airport from London.

One of the premier events on the Barbados sporting calendar, the eagerly anticipated horse racing event is set for March 5.

The British Airways flight was captained by Justin Van Gemeren who, along with Sandy Lane General Manager Rober Logan, ushered the trophy from the plane to the tarmac at 4:10 p.m.

Champions of the Sandy Lane Hotel, Michelle Burrowes and Theresa Barnett, had the honour of carrying the cup into the Grace Adams Suite.

The captain however mentioned that there was some turbulence in the early parts of their flight, but he was happy that the cup was here in one piece as the partnership with the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup continues.

The line-up for this year’s event includes seven overseas horses, from St. Kitts, Antigua, Trinidad and Tobago, USA and Canada, while 12 local horse have been nominated.

“The occasion is made all the more memorable as we recognise 2011 as the 30th year of the Gold Cup event in Barbados as well as the celebration of Sandy Lane’s 50th anniversary since the opening in 1961,” said Robert Logan who added “It will also mark the 10th anniversary of the reopening in 2001 after a full renovation produced the five diamond resort we know and love today.”

This year marks the 15th year that Sandy Lane has been involved in what is widely acknowledged as one of international horse racing’s premiere events.

Logan also mentioned that, “Over the years… Sandy Lane has contributed more than $2 million Barbados Dollars in prize money to the Gold Cup.”

With the roof for the grand stand still off, Pamela Marshall Director of the Barbados Turf Club (BTC) assured those on hand that the roof will be on for Gold Cup day.

She mentioned that after Tropical Storm Tomas, the members of the BTC realised that a structurally sound roof that can withstand natural disasters needed to be in place and that is what they have endeavored to do.

Hon. George Hutson acting Minister of Tourism on the occasion of the arrival of the Sandy Lane Gold Cup mentioned that “30 years on, Barbadians, visitors, the region and the rest of the world are in for no less a thrilling and highly competitive horse-racing event next month, as with the running of the first Gold Cup.

Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup Arrives | Fri, February 11, 2011

The Eastern Caribbean’s most prestigious horse racing trophy is in Barbados.

The Sandy Lane Gold Cup, pinnacle of equine supremacy in the region, arrived earlier today, as usual, on a British Airways flight from London, England.

And, as has also become customary, officials from the Barbados Turf Club, the Ministry of Tourism, and Sandy Lane, were on hand for the Cup’s arrival.

General Manager of Sandy Lane, Robert Logan, acting minister of tourism, George Hutson, and the Turf Club’s director Pamela Marshall were all smiles when British Airways captain Justin Van Gemerin brought the glittering trophy off the 747 jumbo jet just after 3 p.m. today.

Here, from left Theresea Barnett of Sandy Lane, Robert Logan, acting Minister of Tourism George Hutson, Captain Justin Van Gemeren, Michelle Burrowes of Sandy Lane and, in back, First Officer Neil Simpkins of British Airways with the 2011 Sandy Lane Gold Cup.

Rotherley Construction Continue as Title Sponsor for the Fourth Race Day of the First Racing Season for 2011 – Saturday 12th February, 2011.

“And they’re off!”  For anyone who attends the Saturday races at the Garrison Savannah, this is the familiar shout. Horse racing in Barbados is a passion shared by both locals and visitors and with so many exciting racing events on the calendar; the Rotherley Construction, Inc Stakes & Trophy is not to be missed. Rotherley Construction, Inc has been supporting horse racing since 2004; their race day is a prelude to one of Barbados most internationally recognised race days the “Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup”. The feature race welcomes three year olds who can become contenders for the 2012 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup.

This year marks the seventh year Rotherley Construction, Inc has sponsored horse racing, the reasons quoted from Kevin Burke, V.P. Finance of Rotherley “We like to support local events which offer clean fun for families, as a company it’s important to give back for all to enjoy. Horse racing extends entertainment for the entire family in the Barbadian community, our staff and clients. We also like to sponsor community events including the upcoming Holetown Festival lecture series for the past 10 years”.

The Barbados Turf Club have had a fantastic turn out to this year’s racing season with the grandstand being a buzz with locals and visitors, we hope to See You at Rotherley Construction, Inc Stakes & Trophy Race Day!

About Rotherley Construction, Inc.

Rotherley Construction Inc. enjoys a well deserved reputation for quality workmanship, superior finishes, timely and professional execution of any construction project.

Over the years this construction company has demonstrated its commitment to advancing the way construction is undertaken in Barbados by embracing new and innovative design and technological methods.

With the vast experience of a first-rate team and ability to anticipate and surpass the needs of a varied clientele, this has ensured that Rotherley’s footprint is firmly planted in the construction landscape of Barbados for generations to come.

From its inception, the company has adopted and steadfastly maintains their motto “Quality No Compromise”, which is evident in every aspect of the company’s operation. For this reason, our construction company boasts a remarkably high percentage of repeat business, so satisfied are our clients.

In Barbados there are builders, but Rotherley Construction Inc. stands out as the leader for quality.

Contact Rotherley Construction, Inc.

Rotherley Construction Inc.
#40 Warrens Industrial Park
St. Michael

Phone: 246.425.0950

A two-horse race By LINDON YARDE | Thu, February 10, 2011

The Rotherley Construction Inc./ Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Sales Graduates Stakes is one race to look forward to on the fourth day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season for 2011 at the Garrison on Saturday.

In this 1 100-metre event for West Indian-bred three-year-old colts and geldings, previous winners will take 123 pounds, and maidens will go to post with 116 pounds.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned and Anderson Ward-trained pair of Vitality and Must Be The Money, drawn in positions one and two respectively, looks hard to separate.

Vitality is seeking a hat-trick of wins after scoring victories in the Diamonds International Mont Blanc Doue Conditions Race (Division A) over 1 570 metres; and the Guardian General Flexi Motor Insurance Conditions Race over 1 000 metres.

On those performances, Vitality will prove difficult to beat from this draw, and at the distance.

Must Be The Money, winner of the Diamonds International Mont Blanc Star Walker Gents Stakes & Trophy over 1 000 metres – in which Vitality was second – will once again seek to outdo Vitality.

However, it will take a bigger effort this time around.

Monumental task

The other winner in this field, Jack Is Back, owned by the Faraway Stables, will have it all to do from the outside post, which looks a monumental task for him.

While he has remained consistent, he still looks to have some making up to match the celebrated duo mentioned above.

The Jonathan Simpson-owned Whatadeal is nicely coming to hand, along with Dunwiddat, owned by Elias Haloute.

These two could battle it out for the minor ends of the purse.

The card has attracted 103 entrants in total and starts at 1:15 p.m.

Another top-class supporting race is the fillies’ edition of the Rotherley Construction Inc./ Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association  Sales Graduates Stakes for West Indian-bred three-year-old fillies over 1 100 metres.

Conditions here are the same as for the colts and geldings where weights are concerned.

The Sir Charles Williams-owned Slip Stream will be out for revenge, having suffered a heavy defeat in the Diamonds International Mont Blanc Bonus Challenge Stakes & Trophy over 1 570 metres, at the hands of the resilient Istanbul.

Slip Stream returns to a distance many believe is the one she is most comfortable at.

Her four victories from six starts are better than the cumulative efforts of the rest of the field in this category.

All things considered, she looks very much a certainty.

Ian Corbin’s Foxy Baba got a workmanlike victory in the Eustace “Tinnings” Jordan Memorial Conditions Race (Division B) over 1 100 metres; but she will find some in this event of a different class and might be hard pressed to match strides.

Relaxed style

Though speedy, she will want to avoid a duel with Slip Stream.

The other horse to have visited the winners’ enclosure is Lord Michael Taylor-owned Reprise, who defeated a field of 12 starters in the 111 Diamonds International MontBlanc Doue (Division B) conditions race over 1 570 metres.

She has improved, but might find this race a little on the short side for her more relaxed style, and could come running after the winner is long gone.


By Charlie Heath | Advocate | January 28th, 2011

Nine horses are entered to compete tomorrow in the feature Coolmore “Home Of Champions” Stakes & Trophy, which is for 3-year-olds and older rated 0-140, going 1800 metres.

Thanks to the generosity of Coolmore Stud, the race carries a purse of $40,000 and a Trophy.

The Coolmore “Home Of Champion” Stakes, is a prep race leading up to the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup, which is scheduled to be run on Saturday, March 5.

Not only does it give punters a little insight into the form of the horses leading up to the Gold Cup, but it is also a good indicator as to what horses will represent Barbados.

Eight of the nine horses entered have been nominated for this year’s Gold Cup, and all are likely to face the starter tomorrow.

Heading the list is the Amanda Marshall-Way & Helen Spencer owned 4-year-old bay colt, Mingun Temple, the winner of the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, run on December 27, 2010 over 1570 metres. He has won four of his last five races, and seems to run his best races on ground that is good to soft, or soft. On December 4, on good to firm going he finished eight of eleven over tomorrows distance. With all the rain we have been having he could well get the ground he likes, and in that case he could be very difficult to beat.

The Sir David Seale owned 6-year-old horse John Brian, is also entered. He finished third in the Victor Chandler Stakes, which was his second run after a nine month lay off, and with those two races under his girth, he should be a better horses tomorrow.

The 2008 winner of this race, Duc D Fer, owned by the Aysha Syndicate, is another that should improve after having a run on December 4, 2010 after a nine month layoff. Also entered is the Lord Michael Taylor owned Pure Temptation, a winner of the 2008 Gold Cup, but he has not been showing anything of the form he had then, and will certainly have to come with all his cylinders firing to have a chance here.

Bird Watch, also owned by the Aysha Syndicate, is also entered. He won the Scobie Breasley Memorial, on the first day of this season. The others entered are Reward Me, Bouncebak, and Spicey Tiger.

Coolmore Presentation 2010

Title Sponsor of the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup

Sandy Lane Hotel is proud, once again, to serve as the title sponsor of one of the premiere events on the international horse racing calendar, the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup.  2011 marks Sandy Lane’s 15th year of sponsorship of what has become one of the most anticipated race days not only in Barbados, but throughout the world.

During the course of Sandy Lane’s partnership with the Barbados Turf Club, the Gold Cup has become an event that has been beamed to a live television audience in the United States and England of more than 300 million.  The main event of Barbados’ racing season attracts entrants from across the Caribbean and jockeys from the United Kingdom and Canada.  Over the years, Sandy Lane has donated well in excess of $2 million in prize money.

The excitement surrounding race day begins long before the first race is run.  The enduring symbol of success in the feature race of a full race card is the Gold Cup itself.  Minted in England, the stunning Gold Cup is flown to Barbados on British Airways and prominently displayed for several weeks before race day.

Race day itself entails a full card of races each named for a landmark at the Sandy Lane resort leading up to the feature race, the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup which is preceded by a spectacular opening parade.

Sandy Lane welcomes you to the 2011 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup, and looks forward to seeing you in the stands on race day!

About Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane is located on the western coast of the island of Barbados.  Originally built in 1961, Dermot Desmond, J.P. McManus and partners purchased the property and golf course in 1996 and completely rebuilt and expanded, opening in March 2001.  This exclusive 112-room resort features stylish lodging in rooms that average 900 square feet and a five-bedroom villa, luxury Rolls Royce Phantom airport transfers, four restaurants including the signature restaurant L’Acajou, seven bars, a 47,000-square-foot spa and three distinct golf courses offering guests the best golf in the Caribbean.  Two of the courses are Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole courses including the Green Monkey Course.

Rates for 2011 at Sandy Lane range from US$1,000 to $4,200 for rooms, $1,800 to $6,200 for suites, and $4,000 to $10,000 for penthouses, and $9,000 to $25,000 for the Villa at Sandy Lane.  For more information and reservations, visit the resort’s website, or call Sandy Lane at (246) 444-2001 or toll free at 866-444-4080.  Sandy Lane is a partner of Virtuoso, American Express Fine Hotels Resorts and a Member of The Leading Hotels of the World.