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Odds on Taylor, Ward one-two

www.nationnews.com By LINDON YARDE | Fri, January 21, 2011

Trainer Andy Ward (right) holding Istanbul with jockey Jalon Samuel aboard as owner Lord Michael Taylor looks on December 11. (HW)

The question all racing enthusiasts will be asking is if there is a creole capable of stopping the combination of owner Lord Michael Taylor, and trainer Anderson Ward, from sweeping the classics this year?

Will this dynamic duo start the season with another one-two finish?

Since we have no Paul The Octopus in Barbados, we will have to wait until this afternoon – when the first classic of the year runs off – to get the answer.

Istanbul, drawn in stall No. 7, will spearhead Taylor’s powerful three-prong attack in the Guardian General Insurance Breeders’ Stakes & Trophy (Gr.11. Bar) for Barbados-bred three-year-old creoles over 1 570 metres.

Istanbul will start as favourite, and justifiably so, having scored four victories from eight career starts.

The best of these was a hard-fought triumph in the Diamonds International Mont Blanc Bonus Challenge Stakes & Trophy (Gr.1) over 1 570 metres.

On form he looks hard to beat, though stablemate Island Memories just failed to catch him in the aforementioned race, where he encountered a little traffic problem by the three-furlong marker.

However, should Island Memories get a smooth trip this time around, he  is fancied to turn the table on Istanbul, though in horse racing there are few guarantees.

In Island Memories’ favour is that the track will have plenty of give because of the recent intermittent showers.

Staying with Blue Diamonds Stable, Reprise was an easy winner in (Div. B) of the 111 Diamonds International Mont Blanc Doue Conditions Race for West Indian-bred maidens over 1 570 metres.

She will improve after that run, but will find others in this event with much more experience, and simply better at this stage.

The Sir Charles Williams-owned Kendal Moon has no idea what defeat tastes like, and the barn expects her to keep it that way.

However, her stamina is in doubt.

The Joycies Boys-owned Nile Queen finally handed in her maiden tag recently, but she will be hard-pressed to repeat that form in this company.

Jack Is Back, owned by Faraway Stables, might have been a bit unfortunate not to have recorded a higher place last outing, as he suffered some interference when making a run at the two-furlong marker.

He has the perfect opportunity to show how good he really is today.

My Picks

Race 1: Vitality

Race 2: Golden Moment

Race 3: Ring Time

Race 4: Greely Gone West

Race 5: Zoom

Race 6: Just Jiving

Race 7: Island Memories

Race 8: Dresses


Post time: 1:45 p.m. Race 1. The Guardian General Flexi Motors Insurance Condition Race; for West Indian-bred three-year-olds; about 1 000 metres.

1. Neversaynever – 114 – Jonathan Grant

2. Must Be In The Money – 126 – Scratched

3. Vitality – 126 – Jolan Samuel

4. Tiny Tot – 117 – Anthony Perch

5. Verizon – 119 – Anderson Trotman

6. Whatadeal – 119 – Kenny John

7. Red October – 114 – Scratched

8. Dunwiddat – 119 – Desmond Bryan

Post time: 2:15 p.m. Race 2. The Guardian General Flexi Office Insurance Handicap; for four-year-olds-and-over (rated 00 to 75); about 1 100 metres

1. Zaltarr – 119 – Affrie Ward

2. Run Alke Run – 131 – F. Drakes-Small

3. Bloomberg – 130 – Renaldo Cumberbatch

4. Sweet Enough – 133 – Paul Leacock

5. Spellbound – 130 – Jalon Samuel

6. Golden Moment – 127 – Kyle Carter

7. Bond Street – 116 – Scratched

8. Fedrica – 125 – Desmond Bryan

9. Inforthefun – 108 – Jonathan Grant

Post time: 2:45 p.m. Race 3. The Guardian General 24-Hour Motors Assist Handicap; for three-year-olds-and-over (rated 00 to 90); about 1 570 metres

1. Captain Sully – 111 – Jolan Samuel

2. No Spine Zone – 121 – Desmond Bryan

3. Grace Chapel – 118 – Anderson Trotman

4. Ring Time – 130 – Kyle Carter

5. Run Alke Run – 111 – Scratched

6. Vandross – 127 – Affrie Ward

7. Sea Gypsy – 124 – Rickey Walcott

8. Bram Stoker – 122 – Kenny John

9. Time D’Or – 129 – Christopher Husbands

Post time: 3:15 p.m. Race 4. The Guardian General Flexi Commercial Fire Insurance Condition Race; for three-year-olds; about 1 100 metres.

1. Byhookorbycreek – 121 – Kyle Carter

2. Intact – 119 – Jonathan Grant

3. Great Goomba – 114 – Kenny John

4. Little Man Arran – 119 – Desmond Bryan

5. Greeley Gone West – 119 – Renaldo Cumberbatch

6. Nomoreginrog – 119 – Anderson Trotman

7. Giovedi – 122 – V. Charles

8. Go Zapper – 122 – Rico Walcott

9. Royal Spirit – 126 – Jolan Samuel

10. Jury Pool – 117 – Christopher Husbands

11. Happening Now – 117 – K. Chandler

12. Daga – 121 – Scratched

13. Aysha’s Time – 114 – Scratched

Post time: 3:45 p.m. Race 5.  The BTBA Garrison Turf Stakes and Trophy Condition Race; for Barbados-bred four-year-olds-and-over; about 2 000 metres.

1. Don Portalsonny – 114 – Jolan Samuel

2. Local Speed – 110 – Kenny John

3. Heavenly Angel – 110 – Jonathan Grant

4. Eye Of The Tiger – 114 – Affrie Ward

5. Island Lad – 110 – Jonathan Grant

6. Zoom – 119 – Renaldo Cumberbatch

7. Apostle – 129 – Anderson Trotman

8. Show Me The Money – 124 – Kevhen Nicholls

9. Amanyara – 110 – Kyle Carter

Post time: 4:15 pm. Race 6. The Guardian General Contractor’s “All Risk” Stakes & Trophy Insurance Handicap; for four-year-olds-and-over (rated 00 to 55); about 1 570 metres.

1. Who’s Staying – 125 – Paul Leacock

2. Que Pasa – 113 – RES 2 No Jockey Yet

3. Ned Kelly – 122 – Kyle Carter Kenny John

4. Just Jiving – 128 – Affrie Ward

5. Taj Mahal – 114 – Jonathan Grant

6. Island Lad – 121 – Scratched

7. Super Dancer – 128 – Dario Dalrymple

8. Uneverno– 125- Scratched

9. Quick City – 122 – Christopher Husbands

10. Dancebak – 115 – Anthony Perch

11. Dakdada – 123 – Renaldo Cumberbatch

12. Victor Ludorum – 130 – Jolan Samuel

13. Double Dagger – 125 – Anderson Trotman

14. Deal Or Nodeal – 125 – Rico Walcott

15. Bambi – 121 – Scratched

16. Irish Thunder – 119 – RES 1 No Jockey yet

17. Sweet Harmony – 125 – Kenny John

Post time: 4:45 p.m. Race 7.  The Guardian General Insurance Breeders Stakes & Trophy; for Barbados-bred three-year-olds; about 1 570 metres.

1. Nile Queen – 121 – Christopher Husbands

2. Funny Valentine – 121 – Jonathan Grant

3. Island Memories – 126 – Kevhen Nicholls

4. Lune De Barachois – 121 – Renaldo Cumberbatch

5. Jack Is Back – 126 – Paul Leacock

6. Volcanic – 126 – Desmond Bryan

7. Istanbul – 126 – Jolan Samuel

8. Takemehomedaddee – 126 – Rico Walcott

9. Reprise – 121 – Kyle Carter

10. Ocean Pride– 126 – Kenny John

11. Kendal Moon – 121 – Anderson Trotman

12. Victoria Belle – 121 – Affrie Ward

13. Vitality – 126 – Scratched

Post time: 5:15 p.m. Race 8.  The Guardian General Flexi Homeowner’s Insurance Handicap; for West Indian-bred four-year-olds-and-over maidens; about 1 100 metres.

1. Karachi – 133 – Keymar Downes

2. Dress – 121 – Christopher Husbands

3. Sweet “N” Danny – 133 – Scratched

4. Poor Paul – 113 – K. Chandler

5. Midnight Express – 114 – Desmond Bryan

6. Indian Charlie – 126 – Jalon Samuel

7. Hoof Heated – 127 – Kenny John

8. Lady Patrick Just Dance – 108 – RES 3 No Jockey yet

9. Russian Roulette– 119 – Renaldo Cumberbatch

10. Trick Or Treat– 108 – RES 1 No Jockey yet

11. Just Dance – 125 – Kyle Carter

12. Gideon – 111 – Anthony Perch

13. Tears Of The Sun – 108 – RES 4 No Jockey yet

14. Glistening – 124 – Rico Reid

15. Savannah Sun – 108 – RES 2 No Jockey yet

16. Bustamante – 133 – Anderson Trotman

17. Kudeta – 117 – V. Charles

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By Charlie Heath Tuesday 18 January, 2011

L-R John Jones, Executive Manager, Guardian General Insurance Ltd, Russell Freeman Underwriter, Guardian General Insurance Ltd, Richard Edwards, Acting President, BTBA, and past president BTBA Rawle Batson EM JP.

The feature race on the Barbados Turf Club’s eight race card to be run off at the Garrison Savannah on Friday is the The Guardian General Insurance Breeders’ Stakes & Trophy, for Barbados Bred 3-year-olds, going 1570 metres.

Thanks to the continued support of Guardian General Insurance the race carries a purse of $24,000 with added subscriptions of $40,375, plus a beautiful trophy.

With total prize money of $64,375 and a trophy at stake, it is not surprising that the race is over subscribed with 13 horses being entered. The race promises to be very competitive, with top 3-year-old, Istanbul, a winner of four races, Island Memories, a winner of three, the unbeaten Kendal Moon, who chalked up two straight wins, Reprise, a winner last time out who showed in that race she is a vastly improved filly. Nile Queen is also entered, and she is another that has won her last start.

Lune De Barachois has been knocking at the door, and this could be her day. Vitality is another good looking colt that ran a beauty when winning last time out. However, he is double entered and may take his chances over 1000 metres in the Guardian General Flexi Motor Insurance Condition race, going 1000 metres, which is the first race on the card.

Acting President of The Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (BTBA), Richard Edwards, at a press briefing on Monday, thanked sponsors Guardian General Insurance for their generous support, which he said is vital to horse racing.

Executive Manager of Guardian General Insurance John Jones, said that over the years they have had a great working relationship with the BTBA. He took the opportunity on behalf of himself and Guardian General Insurance, to extend a special thanks to past president Rawle Batson, who he said did a sterling job to make sure the past races were the success that they had been, and he now looks forward to what should not only be a very competitive, but also exciting Guardian General Insurance Breeders’ Stakes race on Friday.

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22 nominated for Gold Cup

By LINDON YARDE | Thu, January 13, 2011 | www.nationnews.com

When the first subscription date passed on January 7 for the 30th running of the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup, 22 horses had been nominated.

The 1800 metres-race, which is set to run off on Saturday, March 5, has a total purse of $200 000, with the winner pocketing $115 000, second place $45 000, third place $25 000 and fourth position $15 000, as well as the coveted Gold Cup.

In addition, on Gold Cup day there will be the two supporting feature races; first the ninth Tanglewood Stakes and Trophy over 2 000 metres, with the winner set to take home $40 000; second place $15 500, third $8 500, and fourth position $6 000.

Second is the eighth Sandy Lane Spa Sprint over 1 100 metres with a total payout of $40 000, from which the winner will pocket $23 000, second will receive $9 000, third place will get $5 000 and fourth place the sum of $3 000.

To date the Sandy Lane Gold Cup has attracted 15 runners from Barbados, three from Canada, one from United States, one from Trinidad and Tobago and two from St Kitts.

The local contingent is headed by last year’s first runner up Bribon, and include Apostle, Areyoutalkintome, Bird Watch, Charge It, Duc De Fer, Spicey Tiger, Zoom, Mingun Temple, Rocomadour, John Bryan, Reward Me, Preach To Me, Pure Temptation and Show Me The Money.

Canada took the cup last year with the Eugene Melnyk-owned Sterwins, but this time around Melnyk has Steward Hill and Safety Zone wearing his royal blue body with gold emblem, gold selves with royal blue band and gold cap outfit.

Also representing Canada is the David Seale-owned Dancing David.

Trinidad has nominated the  Tres Amigos-owned Just Call Me Roger and America’s lone nominee is the N. Callaghan and A. Thompson-owned Jairzihno St Kitts will take part for the first time in the history of this race having nominated the Arthur Sharpe pair of Al Portador and Bad Action which ran fifth last year for previous owner Gay Smith.

The Joseph Brothers-owned Walk On By looks set to defend his crown in the ninth running of the Tanglewood Stakes and Trophy, and is among 17 horses entered at the closure of the first subscription.

St Kitts has nominated two runners in Sligoville and Esquire, both owned by Arthur Sharpe.

The others from Barbados in the line-up are Amanyara, Apostle, Bouncebak, Captain Sully, Show Me The Money, Don Portalsonny, Island Lad, Sea Gypsy, Eye Of The Tiger, Silk N Satin, Zergar, Zoom, Heavenly Angel and Gone Prospecting.

If it is speed you are looking for, then you are sure to get it in the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint over 1 100 metres.

This speed fest has attracted 15 nominees, headed by double crown winner of this event, the Aysha Syndicate-owned Who’s Cruisin.

Set to go with him are stablemates Who’s To Say, Time D’or, Azwa, Bloumberg, Dark Knight, Kingdora, Peaceful Envoy, Purr Class, Run Alke Run, Rush Cutter, Spicey Tiger and Super Star from host country Barbados.

Our regional counterparts from St Kitts again have shown interest in the speed event, entering Arthur Sharpe’s duo of Anansi and Atabaas Pride.

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Hall Of Fame Day first up

www.nationnews.com By LINDON YARDE | Fri, January 07, 2011

The Hall of Fame race day will get the Barbados Turf Club’s first season of racing for 2011 running tomorrow with an eight-race card. The other race dates of the season are January 21 and 29, February 12, March 5 and 19, April 2 and 16.

The highlight of this season will be the 30th running of the Gold Cup. Tomorrow’s card, which starts at 1:45 p.m., has attracted 83 horses competing for glory.

The Sir Stanley Blanchette Memorial Handicap (Division A) and (Division B) for four-year-olds and older horses rated 0-70, and going over 1 570 metres, is bound to create interest for fans and punters, as choosing a winner looks like quite a task.

The Joseph brothers-owned Uncle Jerry (pictured) carries the top weight of 130 pounds in Division A. This six year old has very little form to recommend him and would spring a major upset if he were to win. Good form Stephen Kellman’s Johnny Sad Boy takes 128 pounds, and is in good form, winning twice in recent starts. It should be noted, however, that on both those occasions the going was soft.

The second Joseph brothers’ entrant is Deal Or Nodeal, with the impost of 119 pounds, and capabilities of making every post a winning one if not challenged for the lead early on. Margo Atkinson-owned Tornade, carrying 124 pounds merits another chance after recent efforts.

In Division B, the Gay Smith-owned Zergar packs 130 pounds and is not given much of a chance at the weights, added to the fact that his recent form is very poor. Stablemate Silk And Satin, taking 120 pounds, ran a good race last time out and is expected to give another good account of herself.

The Great Expectations-owned Samsamsam takes 128 pounds and will spring a surprise if he passes the pole first, as he too does not have great form. One that does have decent form is Captain Sully, a recent winner of the Diamonds International Crown Of Light Diamond Handicap over 1 800 metres. He is carrying 127 pounds and must have a great chance here.

The Sir David Seale-owned Surinan, taking 128 pounds, has been performing consistently and is not without a chance, while Sir Charles Williams’ Grenadilla, with 127 pounds, will seek to lose his maiden tag.

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Exciting racing on card today

By Lindon Yarde | Mon, December 27, 2010

Last race-day winner Must be the Money (at far left). Must be the Money will be in action again today at the Garrison Savannah. (HW)

Expect racing conditions to be on the soft side at the Garrison Savannah today, after the unseasonal rains that have drenched the island since Friday afternoon.

When the final edition of the Diamonds International MontBlanc race day runs off from 1 p.m., fans should be provided with thrills galore. The fifth and final day of the Barbados Turf Club third season is set to climax with a number of duels that all comers will fully enjoy.

The race for trainer of the year is intriguingly poised. Trainer Anderson Ward heads the table for the third season ahead of Andrew Nunes. however, it is the overall title that is the real prize at stake.

The Jamaican born Nunes has his eyes set trying to win more than the third season championship, as he is the only trainer within striking distance of long time leader Naz Issa.

At the start of the third season the trainers’ championship seemed a foregone conclusion, as trainer Issa was $93 137 ahead of Nunes in earnings; and for those who are not too familiar with the criterion, this championship is decided by earnings and not wins.

Nunes closed the gap during the ongoing final season by raking in $122 234 in earnings, compared to Issa’s mere $37 809.

Issa was dominant with his inseparable pair of fillies in Leave It To Me and Amanyara, both of whom tormented their peers. He has now become a stranger to the winners’ enclosure, winning only twice this season.

Those wins were with Slammin ’N Jammin in the Diamonds International Mont Blanc Virginia Wolf handicap over 1 100 metres, and Dance The Distance who won the Diamonds International Safi Kalmia handicap over 1 570 metres.

Nunes on the other hand has found winners’ enclosure at a commendable rate, scoring seven victories for the same period.

Nunes’ charges were able to score in big races during the third season, with his fillies Kendal Moon and Slip Stream  taking two editions of the Diamonds International Mont Blanc La Boheme Ladies Stakes and Trophy condition races over 1 000 metres and 1 100 metres, respectively.

He then scored in the top-rated class with the crowd favourite Apostle, when taking the Diamonds International Mont Blanc Meistestruck Handicap over 1 800 metres.

Going into today’s final day, Issa will be represented by nine starters, with his best offerings being Dance The Distance, Slammin N Jammin and Habibti in races one, six and eight respectively.

The top trainer  will be sending out 11 starters, and will have high hopes for Jamaica Quill, Slip Stream, Apostle, and Summer Star in races three, five, eight and nine respectively. Wins will be needed if he is to claim his first trainers’ championship, and cap a sensational year for him.

In the jockeys’ race there will be no room for error, as Anderson Trotman finds himself with a challenger in Jalon Samuels. The youthful and exuberant Samuels will throw down one final effort.

Locked in battle all year, this championship will go down to the wire, and these two contracted riders have both booked full cards for two of the most powerful yards at the track. Those stables being Sir Charles Williams-owned Kendal racing (Trotman), and Lord Michael Taylor-owned Blue Diamonds stables (Samuel).

Trotman, who is leading by one win will fancy his chances on Jamaica Quill, Nomoreginrog, Slip Stream, Spellbound, and Summer Star in races three, four, five, six and nine, respectively. Experience could prove the deciding factor as Trotman is battle hardened.

On the other hand, Samuel’s best chances are Vitality, Must Be The Money, Run Alke Run and Zaltarr in races two, five, six and eight, respectively.

If he wins the championship, he will join an elite group that achieved the feat recently while still being apprentices. That list includes Anderson Trotman, Juan Crawford and Ricardo Hibbert to name a few.

Ironically, Samuels is also just five wins away from losing his apprenticeship, a most remarkable achievement, at a fantastic rate. You wouldn’t want to miss this action packed race day

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By Charlie Heath | Monday 27 December, 2010

Three feature races are slated to bring down the curtains on the Barbados Turf Club’s final day of racing for 2010 on Monday, December 27.

There are nine exciting races carded for the day, and the first feature is race five, which will be the fifth and final Diamonds International/MontBlanc Bonus races, which is the Diamonds International/MontBlanc Challenge Stakes & Trophy, for West Indian Bred 2-year-olds.

In this one the Fillies will be meeting the Colts & Geldings for the first time, plus they will be running 1570 metres for the first time in the series. With a stake of $40,000, it is not surprising that the race is over subscribed. 14 horses have taken entry, while only 12 can face the starter come race day, leaving two reserves.

Each race so far in the series has been won by a different horse, and all four of them are entered. Must Be In The Money, won the first and should appreciate the extra distance. Kendal Moon won the second, and

she is unbeaten in two starts and will surely find the extra trip to her liking. The third was won by Istanbul, which gave him his third win. His mother, Sky Beauty, was a sprinter, and while he has shown some speed, he looks like he has also inherited a bit of his sires (Thady Quill) staying blood, making him a real threat here. Slip Stream, the

winner of the fourth race, and she has speed to burn. She has won four of her five starts, and it will be interesting to see if she can get the 1570 metres.

These four are no certainties to fill the first four positions, as Island Memories with three wins under his girth, including one at 1800 metres has proven that the distance will be right up his alley. Another one that looks real promising is, Lune De Barachois, who was second to Slip Stream last time out. She is one that will also appreciate the 1570 metres. Fernandina has been a model of consistency, and has not been out of the money in her six starts.

Sponsors Diamonds International/ MontBlanc and the Barbados Turf Club, could not have hoped for a better line-up for the final race in the series.

The feature, Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, is a (Group.1.-Bar Race), for 3-year-olds, going 1570 metres. This race is second only to the Gold Cup in prize money for the top-class horses, so again it is not surprising to see that the race is over subscribed by one as 13 have taken entry, leaving one reserve. The race carries a total purse of $79,000. None other than Apostle, the winner of the 2008 running of this race, heads the list of entries in this one. This little 6-year-old chestnut gelding, with the white blaze, can be credited with bringing more people to the Garrison Savannah than any other horse over the last four years.

Up to this day the question remains unanswered as to why he did not leave the gates when he had the biggest race of his career, the 2009 Gold Cup at his mercy. In each of his 27 races before and after he has been first out of the gates.

Also entered are John Brian and Areutalkintome, who last year finished in a dead-heat for first. John Bryan returned on December 4, after a nine month break, and that race should help bring him on, while Areutalkintome returns after an accident at exercise a while back.

Should he be back to full fitness by race day, he will be in with an winning chance. As a late 4-year-old, he has matured into a top class horse. Another noticeable entry is the improving Mingun Temple, who’s run last time out when finishing down the field to Apostle can be ignored, as he did not seem to relish the ground on that day, and did not show much interest. He is a much better horse that he showed in that race. Two others of note are Show Me The Money, and Preach To Me.

A supporting feature is the Boxing Day International Trophy (Condition) Race, for 2-year-olds, going 1570 metres, with a purse of $30,000. Byhookorbycreek heads the entries here, while Daga, Intact, and Royal Spirit could be the ones to follow. Also making the day even more interesting is the battle for the 2010 jockey title, where Anderson Trotman has a one win lead over the young talented apprentice Jalon Samuel.

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Tough field for Mont Blanc

By Lindon Yarde | Fri, December 24, 2010

The Diamonds International Mont Blanc Bonus Challenge Stakes and Trophy (Gr-1) for West Indian-bred two-year-olds over 1 570 metres, promises to be a thriller, as the year’s horse racing programme ends on Monday, with the Boxing Day card.

Finding the winner in this event could prove to be quite difficult, as no fewer than four of the nine entered have a fantastic chance, with very little to choose between them.

The colts and geldings carry 126 pounds, while the fillies take 121 pounds.

A leading contender is filly Slip Stream, with her imperious record of four wins from five starts for owners Sir Charles and Lady Williams.

Slip Stream has been impressive in her victories,  in the Elliott Williams Memorial Juvenile Breeders’ Championship Stakes and Trophy over 1 100 metres, the Hallway Feeds Foundation Cubes Trophy condition race 1 000 metres, the R.L. Seale and Company Limited Trophy Conditions race, and the second leg of the Diamonds International Mont Blanc La Boheme Female Challenge Stakes and Trophy both over 1 100 metres.

Her record speaks for itself, but she has shown blinding speed in all her starts, and that has left some questioning whether or not 1 570 metres will be an ideal distance.

However, her sire Federico was a Sandy Lane Gold Cup winner which supports her getting the trip.

Lord Michael Taylor-owned horses have been dominant in both editions of the colts and geldings features in this series, and against the fillies he will no doubt fancy his chances.

Strength in numbers is the key for trainer Anderson Ward, whose horses are in top form at the moment.  He trains Must Be The Money, who was impressive when scoring his maiden victory in the first leg of the Diamond International Mont Blanc Star Walker Gents Stakes and Trophy Conditions race over 1 000 metres.

Significantly Blue Diamonds Stables go-to rider Jalon Samuel has elected to stay with Must Be The Money with young Samuels eyeing the jockeys championship this combination chances are impeccable.

Stablemate Island Memories won the William “Bill” Marshall Memorial two-year-old Creole Classic Stakes and Trophy over 1570 metres, and is expected  to go well.

Istanbul put in a good effort last start, when just holding off Island Memories, to score his third victory from seven starts.

Istanbul fell in his only attempt at this 1570 trip when going nicely and must stand a good chance of scoring a repeat victory.

Danehill Racing’s Lune De Barachois will also benefit from a return to this trip after finishing a gallant second to Slip Stream in the second leg of the Diamonds International Mont Blanc La Boheme Ladies Stakes and Trophy for West Indian bred two-year- olds over 1 100 metres. She will surely be tested here and might find this company too much at this stage.

My Picks

Race 1: Local Speed

Race 2: Vitality

Race 3: Fernandina

Race 4: Byhookorbycreek

Race 5: Slip Stream

Race 6: Run Alke Run

Race 7: Areyoutalkintome

Race 8: Super Dancer

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by Charlie Heath | December 12, 2010

Lady Wililams (left) Sir Charles Williams (right) Leading in Slip Stream

Breeder/Owner, Sir Charles Williams had an outstanding day yesterday, at the Garrison Savannah, the fourth day of the Barbados Turf Club’s third racing season. Four of the horses he bred won, including the relentless flying filly, Slip Stream, who cantered to victory in the Diamonds International/MontBlanc La Boheme Female Challenge Stakes & Trophy, for West Indian bred 2-year-olds ( Fillies only) going 1100 metres.

Sir Charles also bred Istanbul and Island Memories, the two to finished first and second in the the other feature, the Diamonds International/MontBlanc Star Walker Male Challenge Stakes & Trophy, for West Indian Bred 2-year-olds (Colts & geldings) going 1100 metres. He also bred the winners of race five, Bond Street, and Jamaica Moon, the winner of the final race.

Leaving the gates in the Colts & Geldings division, Jack Is Back, owned  by Faraway Stables, trained by E.C. ‘Clayton’ Greenidge, and ridden by Affrie Ward took an early lead, while the Lord Michael Taylor owned pair of Istanbul and Island Memories were tracking just a few lengths back.

Turning for home, Jack Is Back started to fade, while the Andy Ward trained pair of Istanbul, with Jalon Samuel, and Island Memories with Renaldo Cumberbatch were getting into full flight.

As they straightened for home, Istanbul and Island Memories hit the front and became locked in a neck and neck battle to the wire. In the end it was Samuel on Istanbul that hit the line first from Island Memories. Third was the Fiona Kinch owned, Roger Parravicino trained Verizon, with Kenny John in the saddle.Jack Is Back held on for fourth.

First out of the gates in the Fillies division was Neversaynever, but after 20 metres the Sir Charles Williams and Lady Williams owned Slip Stream literally flew past and opened a gap of five lengths in the first furlong. She was followed by Neversaynever, and the Danehill Racing owned Lune De Barachois, trained by Victor Cheeseman, with Antonio Bishop in the irons.

After they had covered two furlongs the flying filly opened a seven length lead, and it was all over baring the shouting, and once again she cruised home an easy winner from Lune De Barachois. Third was the John D. Chandler owned and trained, Sweet Bottom Suzy, with Dario Dalrymple in the saddle. Indian Soul finishing fourth.

Sir Charles Williams was also the leading owner on the day, winning race five with Bond Street, race six with Slip Stream who is owned by him and his wife, Lady Williams, and the final race with Jamaica Moon. The trainer of the day was Andrew Nunes who saddled three winners.

Anderson Trotman was the jockey of the day with three wins, which puts him one win ahead of young apprentice Jalon Samuel. Racing continues on Monday December 27, with the final Diamonds International as a feature. The fillies will meet the colts & geldings for the first time in the series, where they will also be going 1570 metres for the first time. The second feature on the day is the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, where the top class horses will meet over 1570 metres.

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Charlie Health| December 11, 2010

It looks like ‘all over bar the shouting’, when it comes to race six, which is the feature Diamonds International/Montblanc Female Challenge Stakes & Trophy, for West Indian bred 2-year-olds fillies, going 1100 metres.

The race is one of two feature races on the Barbados Turf Club’s eight race card. The Sir Charles & Lady Williams owned flying filly, trained by Andrew Nunes, has already caught the attention of race fans, which is due to her exceptional speed at such a young age.

The experience of Lune De Barachois and Queen Of Hearts, could see them fighting for the minor placings. Red October has been pleasing her connections at gallops, but she would have to come up with a big run first time out to turn back Slips Stream.

The Colts division of the race is race four on the card, and with the withdrawal of Must Be In The Money, the race could end up in a straight fight between the Lord Michael Taylor owned, Andy Ward trained pair of Island Memories, and Istanbul. Jack Is back should be their danger.

A small field of four will face the starter in the days first race, where Amanyara is beautifully handicapped at 113 pounds. She will also receive a three pound apprentice claim with Kyle Carter, which should give her an outstanding chance. Rush Cutter could be the danger to

Amanyara, but being asked to give her 17 pounds, is a big ask.

In race two, Uneverno, Double Dagger and Sweet Harmony, could be the ones to follow.

Reward Me, did not seem to act on the ground last time out, and could make amends here in race three, while Grace Chapel, Bram Stoker and Erados, could be the others to watch.

In race five, Super Dancer has drawn one, and could be the one to catch. Good runs are expected from Uncle Jerry, Zaltarr,and Washbrook.In race seven, Fredrica, Prince Of Groves, Fuh Real, and Habibti could be the ones to make up the superfecta combination. The ones to follow in the final race, could be Deal Or No Deal, Que Pasa, and Summer Star if she gets into the race.

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About 200 years ago, there was a King who loved horse racing. The King asked his royal watchmakers to invent a device that could record the exact times run by individual horses. In 1821, in a horserace in Paris, Nicolas Rieussec succeeded in inventing a machine, with an accuracy of a quarter of a second that could record the times of each horse. Rieussec’s invention was known as the “time-writer” and was known as the world’s first chronograph. It consisted of a box with two rotating discs, a feature that is unique to the Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec.

Since 1997, Montblanc has been making timepieces at its own manufacture at Montblanc Montre S.A. in Le Locle, Switzerland.  The manufacture is housed in a historic villa built in 1906, the same year the cornerstone for the company Montblanc was placed. Montblanc’s passionate master watchmakers combine historic traditions of the art of Swiss watchmaking with the very latest technology. In recent years, they have also provided regular surprises in the form of exclusive new models. In 2008, Montblanc unveiled the first movement it had developed entirely in-house, and joined an exclusive circle of watch manufacturers who produce their own calibres and have a high level of manual expertise. It was the birth of the Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronographs, which were among the most significant new products from the industry in 2008.

With the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Collection, and especially with its first own manufacture movements, the hand-wound calibre MB R100 and the self-winding calibre MB R200 built from start to finish in the workshops in Le Locle, Montblanc established its credentials as one of a select group of watch brands referred to as manufacturers.

Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph

The exclusive chronograph is not only one of the most outstanding watches in the Montblanc collection but also holds a very special place in the ranks of timepieces from all the world’s manufacturers. The lucky individual who owns one can rest assured that, in terms of design and technology, his wristwatch is a genuine rarity. Even the way the stopwatch function records time is unusual and, unlike conventional chronographs, does not involve hands revolving round the main dial and counters on subdials.

The dial features two small, calibrated discs from which the elapsed seconds and minutes can be read off with the help of fixed hands. This arrangement makes the Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph a fitting tribute to the ingenious watchmaker by the name of Nicolas Rieussec who invented the chronograph almost two hundred years ago. As a leading writing instruments brand, Montblanc has a natural affinity towards chronographs (literally, ‘writers of time’, from the Greek words chronos = time and graphein = write), as reflected in the many models with stopwatch functions in the collection.

The patent awarded to Nicolas Rieussec in 1822 describes a timepiece with two rotating discs, on which elapsed times were marked using ink-filled, nib-like pointers. The principle was taken up by Montblanc in the Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronographs, further developed and given a contemporary interpretation that immediately appealed to discerning watch collectors and genuine watch connoisseurs.

As collectors’ items, the various models of this timepiece are strictly limited available exclusively at DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL.

Reference #: 104705

Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph – Open Date

  • 18 K red gold case, brown alligator-skin strap
  • MB R110 movement, manual-winding
  • Chronograph featuring 60-second and 30-minute counters using rotating discs and fixed hands
  • Limited edition of 50 pieces


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Diamonds International & Montblanc Challenge Series Continues Saturday 11th December, 2010

“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, one of the most anticipated is the Diamonds International (DI) Challenge Series for two year old West Indian horses. This series has been coined “The Series where champions are born” as it is has produced triple crown winners and even horse of the year.

Last year marked the tenth year Diamonds International sponsored this Series which not only supports the local breeding industry but provides an exciting and entertaining day at the races.  Their VIP lounge at the race is champagne and canapés, style and elegance and the finest in luxury with world renowned sponsor Mont Blanc.  The grand stands grounds are abuzz with fans and punters anxiously cheering on their favourite ride. What energy and excitement is a day at the races with Diamonds International.  This year Diamonds International & Mont Blanc will be at the races with their Challenge Series on December 4, December 11 & December 27.

So See You at The Diamonds International/Mont Blanc Challenge Series of Races!

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