Diamonds International / Montblanc raceday provided race lovers with an exciting day at the Garrison Savannah yesterday.
Perfect racing conditions and ideal weather provided the perfect stage for the juveniles to showcase their abilities.
The first feature race was the Diamonds International Mont Blanc Star Walker Gents Stakes and Trophy Condition race over 1 000 metres for West Indian-bred two-year-old colts and geldings.
The Lord Michael Taylor-owned Must Be The Money scored a comfortable victory in this race. The handsome colt broke on top, but quickly settled into second behind stablemate Vitality for the next 600 metres.
Jockey Jalon Samuel then brought the Anderson Ward-trained colt alongside Vitality, and these two would slug it out to the finish with Must Be The Money getting the edge.
For his efforts, Vitality, with Kyle Carter aboard, was second, giving the Blue Diamonds stable a very pleasing one-two finish.
Sail On, with Keveh Nicholls astride, travelled well the entire trip and got third, while first-timer Verizon, ridden by Jason Leacock, was a commendable fourth.
The Diamonds International Mont Blanc La Boheme Ladies Stakes and Trophy Condition race over 1 000 metres for West Indian-bred two-year-old fillies was equally exciting.
Sir Charles Williams-owned Kendal Moon, with Anderson Trotman up, had a hard-fought victory over Fernandina, ridden by Kyle Carter.
Kendal Moon recovered from a slow start to gain an early lead, and never lost the lead. Her record now stands at two wins from two starts.
Ian Corbin-owned first-timer Foxy Baba, with Renaldo Cumberbatch in the irons, was third behind Fernandina, while The Milk Maid – with Jonathon Grant – was fourth.
The Diamonds International Mont Blanc Meisterstuck Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 0 to 140 over 1 800 metres was another thriller.
Some fans got an early Christmas gift, and no, there was no appearance from Santa Claus – just a victory for their favourite racehorse Apostle, who sounded a serious warning to all those wanting to be champion horse.
The Andrew Nunes-trained colt left the gate like the Concorde and never looked back, eventually stopping the clock in one minute, 54.4/5 seconds.
The futile chasers led by Show Me The Money included Zoom, Duck The Fur, Spicey Tiger, Mingun Temple, Bipin, Proud Bajan, Walk On By, Bram Stoker and John Brian. None of them offered a challenge as Apostle galloped home with jockey Chris Husbands as a mere passenger along for the victory.
Stable jockey Jalon Samuel, in his quest for the jockeys’ championship, took over the lead from Anderson Trotman and is now leading by one win.
The third season continues next Saturday with the second leg of the Diamond International Montblanc Challenge Series.
The start of the eleventh series of the Diamonds International races takes place tomorrow Saturday December 4th 2010. Details of the series were outlined Wednesday December 1st 2010 by Simone Ward, Marketing Manager of Diamonds International. Ward said that Diamonds International was once again very pleased to be sponsoring the five race series, starting tomorrow with the first two races. She said that this year they have a new partner in Montblanc, who are noted for their pens and other accessories, and they have now moved into the watch industry.
The Marketing Manager said that over the years Diamonds International has
sponsored many other sporting events, and horse racing is no different from the others they
sponsor. She said with all the challenges, especially at this time with the economy as it is,
they are very happy to once again be able to sponsor the five race series.
Ward commended the breeders who keep turning out the horses, and those who purchase and
race them. She praised the outstanding 2-year olds this year saying that race fans are in for a
very exciting days racing.
Barbados Turf Club’s (BTC) Director, Luther Miller 111 J.P. thanked Diamonds International for their continuing support, and said he is happy to see they have introduced a new name in the mix, in Montblanc, as they have used different products in the past. The BTC Director also thanked the press for their part in getting the message over to the public.
Rosette Peirce, Secretary/CEO of the BTC told the Barbados Advocate that they are extremely grateful to Diamonds International for their very generous sponsorship. She said that it is pleasing to see that Montblanc how a new name to racing has joined with Diamonds International as a sponsor.
“Sponsorship is a very important part of the horse racing industry, and history shows that without it the Club would be hard pressed. With sponsors such as Diamonds International, it not only helps on the race days, but more importantly it helps with keeping the thousands that are directly and indirectly employed in the industry in a job,” said Peirce.
Peirce also stated that she was pleased with the attendance on the first two days of the third racing season after the damage done by Tomas, and is thankful to all those who attended. She accepts that because of the damage there is some inconvenience, and announced that there will once again be free admission tomorrow. The Secretary/CEO said that she is pleased with the entries for the eight race Diamonds International/Montblanc Race Day tomorrow, and anticipates that a large crowd will be on hand, as not only are the two feature Diamonds
International/ Mont Blanc 2-year-old races very competitive, but the other six are just as competitive. Charlie Heath | 3rd December, 2010
Race four tomorrow will be the start of the Diamonds International/Montblanc series of five races, when the two-year-old colts and geldings meet going 1 000 metres.
Jack is Back is the only winner in the field, having won on the first day. However, tomorrow could be an uphill task for this horse to be back in winner’s circle, as they are two very good maidens entered in this one who are capable of finishing first and second. They are the Lord Michael Taylor-owned, Andy Ward-trained pair of Must be in The Money and Vitality. Sail On is also a threat here as he finished second to Jack is Back.
Race six is the second in the series – the fillies division of the race – and this one could end up a straight fight between Kendal Moon Fernandina and The Milk Maid, who ran an improved race.
Another very exciting race should be the seventh on the card, the Diamonds International/Montblanc Blac Meisterstock (Handicap) for three-year-olds and over, rated 0-140, going 1 800 metres.
Both Duc D Fer and John Brian return to racing after a long rest, and they come up on the likes of Creoles Apostle, Show Me The Money and the three-year-old filly, Amanyara. Then there is Bipin Walk On By and the very improved, American bred three-year-old Mingun Temple, who could prove to be the one they all have to beat.
Sponsors Diamonds International will be very pleased with the eight race card, as all but one race should see a full gate, where it is expected there will be 11 facing the starter.
A large crowd is expected to be at the Garrison to witness the day’s racing.
Nation News | By Lindon Yarde | Wed, December 01, 2010 – 12:03 AM
The Diamonds International Challenge Series, now in its 12th year, promises to provide race fans with a sparkling day at the Garrison Savannah on Saturday.
One race that is sure to excite is the Diamonds International Montblanc Meisterstruck Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 0-140 over 1 800 metres.
Entered is crowd favourite, the Andrew Nunes-trained Apostle, with the top weight of 133 pounds.
The Apostle of old would be a firm favourite to demolish this field. However, he has had his share of problems, and will have to draw on all his experience, if not his class, to score what would be a welcomed win.
Apostle was victorious in his last outing, the T.A Tommy Peirce Memorial Handicap over 1 570 metres for horses rated 0-145, but has not won at this trip (1 800 metres) since January 30, and he is sure to find this field much tougher than his last opponents.
Andrew Nunes also trains the improving colt Mingun Temple, which seems incapable of doing anything wrong recently. The animal is seeking a fourth consecutive win as he attempts to land this prestigious event.
Mingun Temple announced himself as a major force by winning the Kirov Lady Handicap for horses rated 0-80, and followed up that win by taking the Kabul Handicap for horses rated 0-115. Both races were at 1 800 metres.
It is worth noting that the Diamonds International Mont Blanc is a step up in class, but with the light impost of 108 pounds, and on his upward curve, he must be respected and has an outstanding chance.
Anderson Ward-trained Show Me The Money has had a remarkable year, but was overshadowed when he suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Areyoutalkintome in the Barbados Thoroughbred Association Breeders’ Classic over 1 800 metres, and has this race to rebound and make amends with his customary sterling effort.
This year’s Derby runner-up Amanyara ran a very impressive race when finishing second in the Barbados Thoroughbred Association Breeders’ Classic.
Although tackling more senior and seasoned opponents, she was undaunted and recorded her fourth second in as many starts.
Handicapped at 108 pounds, she is expected to be in the thick of things.
Bipin (119 pounds), Charge It (113), Walk On By (115), Spicey Tiger (119) and Zoom (108) complete the field. Though they have all performed well, those performances have been against lesser-rated opposition. They will all need to find more if they are to cause an upset.
John Brian and Duc De Fer have been off the track for some time, and might need the race in order to return to their best.
Race 1 is the Diamonds International Montblanc Doue Conditions race for two-year-olds, and in this contest Byhookorbycreek will be attempting to land his third win from four starts.
His main competition should come from Intact and Royal Spirit, both of whom ran as though they would prefer
Saturday’s longer trip than the 1 100 metres distance in their last outing
A tribute to Honourable David Thompson, Prime Minister of Barbados October 2010
On behalf of the Directors, Staff and members of the Barbados Turf Club I wish to offer sincere condolences to the family of Prime Minister Thompson on his untimely death.
Prime Minister Thompson was a true friend of Horse Racing in Barbados. Indeed his decision in his capacity as Minister of Finance made in November 2008 to write off the enormous debt due by the Club to Government not only saved the Club from pending closure but ensured as well that the more than 3000 persons employed in the Racing Industry did not lose their jobs.
On a personal note, it was the then Minister Thompson, as Minister of Finance in 1993 who created a Rum Tax Rebate system which paved the way for my Company to enter the Rum Expo markets of the world and which in turn led to the establishment of the Foursquare Rum Distillery in 1996. My Company will forever be grateful to this man of vision whose humble, down to earth manner put everyone he met at ease irrespective of their status in life. He was indeed the Prime Minister of all of the citizens of this Country.
He has left a legacy of leadership that should be embraced by all who follow him.
On behalf of my wife and family, I extend to his wife, Mara, his daughters, his parents and his siblings our heartfelt sympathy.
RACE FANS can expect a very intense day of racing today as the second racing season draws to a close. It might be the sport of kings, but come race time queens will share the spotlight, as the fillies’ edition of the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Sale Graduates Trophy Race will run off as one of two features; the other being the colts’ race.