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.