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9 make grade

Defending champion Zoom (left) is one of nine horses nominated for the 16th running of the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup. (FP)

nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Thu, February 09, 2012

Defending champion Zoom as well as top heavyweights Apostle and Show Me The Money are among nine horses selected by the Classification Committee of the Barbados Turf Club (BTC) to represent Barbados or Trinidad and Tobago in the 16th running of the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup.

The prestigious race is scheduled for March 3 at the Garrison Savannah.

The other horses are Cavachi, Giovedi, Graeme Hill, Indanger, Mingun Temple and Trinidad and Tobago’s lone entrant Joezel.

The selection of the nine, with the exception of the Canadian-bred Cavaichi, could be easily traced to their performances in the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy over 1 570 metres and the Coolmore Home Of Champions Stakes & Trophy over 1 800 metres. The top three finishers in both races have gained selection here.

However, the indifferent and erratic form of the other eight nominees has certainly created a massive headache for the selection committee.

The eight, whose fate lies in the balance, with their present ratings are: Charge It (99), Daga (97), Dancin David (90), Fusaichi Ridge (94), John Brian (109), Little Man Arran (99), Reward Me (74) and Ring Time (102).

Their selection for the final three positions now depends heavily on their performances in Saturday’s Rotherley Construction Inc. Race Day.

Noticeably amongst this group is the much talked about Canadian-bred Dancin David, owned by Sir David Seale, who is competing for a Barbadian spot.

Just how many of these horses will face the starter remain to be seen as only John Brian, Ring Time, Dancin David and Reward Me are down to race on Saturday.

Similar uncertainly also surrounds one of the supporting feature races on the Gold Cup card.

When the final nomination closed last Friday, 14 horses had been entered to contest the ninth Sandy Lane Spa Sprint Stakes & Trophy over 1 100 metres: Areutalkintome, Bipin, Cavaichi, Erados, Golden Moment, Greely Gone West, Istanbul, Kingdora, Peaceful Envoy, Preach To Me, Purr Class, Rocamadour, Vitality and Who’s To Say.

Areutalkintome won the Barbados Derby in 2009, but hasn’t raced for over a year because of injury following a collision with another horse.

Bipin won the Spa Sprint last year, but was disqualified after failing a urine sample. Rocamadour defeated the “A” Class sprinting and Preach to Me was the winner of his last start.

This race day will see Preach To Me, Greeley Gone West, Istanbul, Purr Class and Vitality on Saturday’s card in the Rotherley Construction Inc. Sprint Trophy. A stellar performance here would enhance their chances of gaining final selection when entries close.

Twelve horses have been nominated for the Tanglewood Stakes & Trophy and the field includes doubly entered Gold Cup winner Zoom and Erados.

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Zoom sends early signal

Jockey Reshawn Latchman pushing favourite Aston Martin across the finish line to win the BTBA Breeders Stakes and Trophy. (Kenmore Bynoe)

nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Sun, January 22, 2012

BLANKET FINISHES were the order of the day on Errol Barrow Day bank holiday at the Garrison Savannah, yesterday.

When the curtain came down on the Barbados Turf Club’s second day of the first racing season, this island’s top three creoles – Apostle, Show Me The Money and Zoom – had exploded in a dramatic finish.

On the good to soft track, last year’s Gold Cup winner Zoom sent a warning to challengers interested in capturing the 2012 Gold Cup he would be no pushover.

Superbly ridden by regular pilot Antonio Bishop, the Gay Smith-owned gelding captured the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Garrison Turf Stakes and Trophy Condition race over 2 000 metres.

The son of Super Jeblar out of Flying Dove, trained by Edward Walcott Jr, recorded his third triumph in this event in the last four years by defeating more fancied Show Me The Money and Apostle.

At the start, Apostle led Show Me The Money, Silk N Satin, Zoom, Sea Gypsy, Kendal Moon and Leave It To Me, in that order. Fractions of 26.4, 50.1, 1:17.1 and 1:44.1 proved too stiff for any horse rated under 100 as the big trio moved ahead going to the three-furlong marker.

Clearly a three-horse race to the finish, Apostle was the first to give way mid-stretch, leaving Show Me The Money and Zoom to duel to the finish.

Zoom prevailed on the outside, much to the delight of his jockey Bishop, who punched the air in celebration as they stopped the clock at 2:09.4.

Under jockey Paul Eddery, Show Me The Money was second. Apostle, partnered by Jalon Samuel, was third, with Kendal Moon and Jonathon Grant back in fourth position.

Easily the most loved juvenile in Barbados, Aston Martin simply blew away his competition in the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy over 1 570 metres.

Armchair pilot Reshaun Latchman settled the Mark Armstrong-owned and Victor Cheeseman-trained colt at the back of the field early on. Latchman pressed the go button at the three-furlong pole and with the issue never in doubt, Aston Martin speed past his Barbados-bred three-year-old rivals to claim the 1 570 metres event.

Galaxy, under Bishop continues to improve, getting up for second place. Capere, ridden by Kyle Carter, who had earlier contested the lead with early pace-setter Rickoshey, held on spiritedly for third while Rickoshey and jockey Paul Eddery faded to fourth.

Arguably the afternoon’s most exciting finish came in the Ichi Ban Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 105-130 and also open to horses rated 104 and below over 1 100 metres. Locked in battle at the top of the home stretch, the Sir David Seale-owned horse Preach To Me got up in a tremendous driving finish to deny Erados with Bishop aboard.

With a slender lead, Erados seemed to have it won but Preach To Me found that little extra to get the victory. Peaceful Envoy, with Samuel up, took third, with Dark Knight and jockey Anderson Trotman finishing fourth.

Jockey Antonio Whitehall was the star of the day as he recorded four winners – Between The Sheiks, Vapour Trail, Shared Adventure and Boo, in that order.

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It’s on! It’s on! You wouldn’t want to miss the long and eagerly anticipated return clash between Show Me The Money, Apostle and Zoom

Show Me The Money has not raced since the 2011 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup and will be up against Apostle and Zoom today. (FP)

By Lindon Yarde | www.nationnews.com | Sat, June 25, 2011

It’s on! It’s on! You wouldn’t want to miss the long and eagerly anticipated return clash between Show Me The Money, Apostle and Zoom.

They last met in this year’s Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup where Show Me The Money and Apostle went head to head. The race, however, ended in controversy with Show Me The Money being disqualified and the win being awarded to Zoom.

They will seek to settle these outstanding matters when they square off today at the Garrison Savannah for the feature race – the Val Gale Cup.

This weight-for-age event for three-year-old and older horses rated 118-140 and also open to horses rated 117 and below over 1 800 metres has attracted three other competitors and looks to be a thriller.

Regardless of the outcome, one surety is that more excitement will be created in the horse racing industry which is basically lacking equine stars.

Lord Michael Taylor-owned Show Me The Money has not raced since the Gold Cup. The Anderson Ward-trained horse, which finished second in last year’s edition of this race, is expected to be sound and can put his immense ability beyond doubt with a powerful performance, thus proving his Gold Cup form not to be a fluke.

Apostle has not appeared since his participation in the Gold Cup this year; additionally he has only one victory in the last year-and-a-half, but remains the highest rated animal in the race.

With compelling credentials and nothing to prove, local favourite Apostle is expected to attempt to run this field into the ground. Having served this country well against the highest calibre of opposition he will need another career best if he is to resume his winning ways. 

As he gracefully ages, this racing game has obviously gotten harder on this seven-year-old gelding. It is left to be seen if he still has it in him.

Zoom, winner of this year’s Gold Cup, extended his winning ways with a 1¾ length victory in the Lost In The Fog Trophy Handicap for the top rated horses 115-140 over 1 100 metres. Definitely past his best where sprinting is concerned, he will relish a return to the 1 800 metres trip and seek win No. 4 on the trot.

Zoom will want to ensure his stable’s shocking pink silk passes the line first and further strengthen the debate as to who’s the best horse in training at present and that he was in every way a deserving winner of the Caribbean’s premiere horse racing event.

This being a weight-for-age race really seems to put the others at a very serious disadvantage. Bipin on previous attempts at the trip has been found wanting on each occasion. Ring Time and Kingdora have both tried this company before at the shorter trip of 1 570 metres, both handicapped with the penny stamp of 108 pounds, and with their best efforts failed to get the job done.

In horse racing nothing is guaranteed but rest assured Ring Time and Kingdora are up against rivals at the peak of their powers and are expected to come up way short.

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