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Chalk and cheese for Victor

Giovedi with Kenny John winning the feature Kendal Moon Trophy Handicap yesterday. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

Giovedi with Kenny John winning the feature Kendal Moon Trophy Handicap yesterday. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

www.nationnews.com By Lindon Yarde | Sun, April 15, 2012

Trainer Victor Cheeseman stole the spotlight on the eighth day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season producing three winners yesterday at the Garrison Savannah.

While Cheeseman secured those important strikes for his connections, pride of place went to the combination of owners Bill and Haley Blevins, trainer Jonathon Simpson and jockey Kenny John.

On the salute to the 2011 Champions Raceday, the trio combined with the four-year-old colt Giovedi to take the afternoon’s feature race – the Kendal Moon Trophy Handicap – for three-year-old and older horses rated 118-140 and also open to horses rated 117 and below over 1 570 metres.

Giovedi, expertly ridden by John, tracked early leader Captain Sully for most of the trip while the hot favourite Dancin David was nicely settled in third position. Little Man Arran, Sea Gypsy, Daga and Purr Class raced close while the others remained at the back.

Three furlongs out, John asked Giovedi to pick up the running and with Captain Sully fully extended, Giovedi opened up a length and a half lead on the field. It became evident two furlongs out that the Gold Cup winner Dancin David was under tremendous pressure as he plodded along at one place.

Entering the home stretch, Giovedi had few challengers and coasted home much to the delight of the connections. Daga continued to show glimpses of her old form by taking aim at the winner, but had to settle for second position under Reshaun Latchman. Dancin David, partnered by Anderson Trotman, held third spot while Captain Sully with Desmond Bryan up took fourth place.

The Cheeseman show got under way in race four – The Daga Trophy Handicap – for three-year-old and older horses rated 38-60 and also open to horses rated 37 and below over 1 800 metres. Jockey Paul Eddery gave the Ian Corbin-owned Dunwiddat an excellent ride to claim that event.

Cheeseman’s next success was an expected one as his imported colt, Luther G.Miller and Susan Miller-owned A.P. Vincero disposed of the field in the Anderson Trotman Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older non-winners of two over 1 100 metres.

The Lewin Gooding-owned Lune De Barachois ridden by apprentice Affrie Ward, won the Anderson Ward Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 35-60 and also open to horses rated 34 and below over 1 100 metres to bring the day’s proceedings to an end for Cheeseman.

Lord Michael Taylor and trainer Anderson Ward had earlier combined for a double strike on the card, thus keeping the Blue Diamond Stable colours visible.

They struck with Spellbound under jockey Jonathon Grant in the Lord Michael Taylor Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older horses claiming $5 000 over 1 000 metres.

After this it was the turn of apprentice Latchman and Must Be The Money who took the supporting feature, the Sir Charles Williams Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 60-85 and also open to horses rated 59 and below over 1 100 metres.

Racing continues on National Heroes Day, April 28 with the staging of the first Jewel of the Barbados Triple Crown and the Barbados Guineas over 1 570 metres.

 

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Grand Stand Posse’s big day

nationnews By Lindon Yarde | Fri, March 16, 2012 – 12:02 AM

One of horse racing’s most popular and supportive groups has stepped up to the plate to host The Grand Stand Posse Race Day, which ushers in the Barbados Turf Club’s sixth day of the first season at the Garrison Savannah tomorrow.

The ten-race card, which has attracted 113 entrants, will swing into full gear from Race 1 at 12:30 p.m. with The Grand Stand Posse Fifth Anniversary Stakes & Trophy Handicap for three-year-olds over 1 570 metres.

Joanne Parravicino and Shaun Meil’s colt Indian Officer, taking 128 pounds, will renew rivalry with his conqueror last race day – A. P. Vincero, which is owned by L. G. Miller III and Susan Miller and is down to carry 120 pounds – with the weight advantage still very much in his favour.

The Parravicino-trained Indian Officer could find the assignment another taxing one.

Martin and Daniel Raizman’s colt Discretwon (114 pounds) has been knocking on the tins for a while and might be ready to lose his maiden tag.

The race with the smallest field on the programme, The Grand Stand Posse Glendon Belle Crystal Vase Handicap over 1 100 metres, looks to be an interesting one.

Two horses at the peak of their form will shoulder the top weight – Golden Moment (133 pounds), and Whataline (132).

Golden Moment, owned by Sir David Seale, won two of her last three starts and may find her heavy weight and the speed of Round Table Stud Farm-owned Whataline a little too much to handle since the latter is at the top of his game and must be caught.

Intact, owned by the Raizman brothers, finally got rid of his maiden tag last race day. At the weight of 124 pounds, he will be required to find plenty more for a repeat success.

Race 6 is The Grand Stand Posse Brian Surfleet Trophy Handicap Division-A over 1 100 metres. This event for three-year-old and older horses rated 38-55 is also open to horses rated 29 and below and should fuel quite a lot of interest.

Stephen Kellman’s Jonny Sad Boy will shoulder 133 pounds but, like Richard Edwards’ colt Verizon and the Stephen Jardine and Reginald Kawaja-owned Domineering, he has not been convincing since his last victory.

The Peter O’Neil-owned Up The Ante (120 pounds), Mr Brain-owned Fernandina and Sir Charles Williams’ Jamaica Quill, both handicapped to carry 128 pounds, along with Just U And Me (110 pounds) all appear very capable of winning.

Division-B of the Grand Stand Posse Brian Surfleet Trophy Handicap contains a lot of speedsters.

Mr Brain’s Between The Sheiks will take 133 pounds but he is the form horse and will give away weight all around.

The A Team-owned Boo (121 pounds) was a hard-fought winner last effort, while Neversaynever (123 pounds), another Richard Deane-trained entrant, scored two starts back.

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Gold Cup fever running high

DOUBLING UP: Zoom is entered for both the Sandy Lane Gold Cup and the Tanglewood Stakes and Trophy. (FP)

nationnews.com By Lindon Yarde | Wed, February 15, 2012 

Every year, Gold Cup Day has always been about the big race, the pomp and pageantry associated with the march past by the Sandy Lane majorettes to the pulsating songs of the Royal Barbados Police Force Band.

Bajans and tourists alike converge on the Garrison Savannah which is abuzz with excitement and bubbling with enthusiasm.

One race which gets the adrenalin flowing and provides very good support to the big race is the Tanglewood Stakes and Trophy.

This 2 000 metres weight for age race for West Indian-bred four-year-olds and over is usually overshadowed by the pattern event.

It does, however, expose some of the best West Indian-bred route horses. The previous nine editions have been won by Barbadian-bred horses – a testimony to the local breeding industry.

Gay Smith-owned Zoom, winner of this event in 2009 created history by becoming the first and only locally bred horse to win that race and then go on to win the prestigious Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup. The defending Gold Cup winner is once again nominated for both races.

Glaring facts

Looking in the past as well as this year’s field, one can’t help but notice two glaring facts – since the inception in 2003, when Francis Cozier’s filly Victoria Regia won, her stakes record of 2:06.3 has remained unbroken. However, the most revealing fact is that no previous Derby winner has ever won this event.

History may be in the making as Sir Charles Williams-owned filly Kendal Moon possesses one of the better records in here. Going route distances of nine furlongs and further, she has won the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Midsummer Creole Classic at (1 800 metres), she then took last year’s United Insurance Barbados Derby over 2 000 metres.

Kendal Moon, the daughter of Moon Solitaire, out of Zelina, then stepped up in class and had two performances of major credits – the first being her second place finish to Gold Cup winner Zoom in the BTBA Breeders’ Classic over 1 800 metres.

This was followed by a resolute fourth place behind Zoom, Show Me The Money and Apostle in the 2012 BTBA Garrison Turf Stakes over the up coming Tanglewood trip.

With three weeks of preparation ahead of her, fans could be in for an extra special treat.

Dwindling

Continuing my look at route performers, the resumes begin to dwindle. Only stablemates Captain Sully and Island Memories (two each) and Gay Smith fillies Silk N Satin and Heavenly Angle (one) have won at 1 800 metres.

Captain Sully won the 2010 Diamond International Crown Of Light Handicap for horses rated 0-65 before winning the Leave It To Me Trophy Handicap for horses rated (58-80). He failed badly in his only Tanglewood Stakes and Trophy attempt last year trailing last.

Island Memories’ two scores at the trip could not come at a more ideal time. The Anderson Ward-trained colt recorded back-to-back trumps in the Diamond International Crown Of Light Handicap for horses rated (58-80) and the (88-110) rated Rotherley Holdings Challenge Trophy Handicap. In last year’s Derby he finished fourth behind Kendal Moon.

Heavenly Angel’s lone route win came in the 2010 edition of the Diamonds International Safi Kalima Handicap. She followed that with an incredible second to Zoom in the 2011 BTBA Garrison Turf Stakes and Trophy Condition race over 2 000 metres. She has room for improvement.

Silk N Satin struck in the Dylan Thomas Handicap. She then ran the race of her career, finishing a close second to last year’s Tanglewood winner Bouncebak. She’s under-rated but has a big heart.

Sail On was second to Kendal Moon in the Derby but has shown no sign of a recovery from that effort. Dance The Distance was fourth in the 2010 Derby and he is also a useful sort.

Cinnamon Jane ran a good second to Local Speed over the trip but will have to step it up considerably. Erados and Sea Gypsy have both been moderate in routes at best and will need to improve, while Surinan has been away for a while and is trespassing in untested territory.

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Victory for Vincero

Anderson Trotman and A.P. Vincero taking Race 6 from Jalon Samuel and Shared Adventure. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Sun, February 12, 2012

A.P. Vincero, confidently ridden by jockey Anderson Trotman, won yesterday’s feature race at the Garrison Savannah for owners Luther G. Miller III and wife Suzan Miller.

On the Rotherley Construction Inc.-sponsored race card, the Victor Cheeseman-trained colt turned back the two favourites, Shared Adventure with Jalon Samuel up and Indian Officer with Reshaun Latchman, who finished in that order.

A.P. Vincero, who was winning for the first time, joined the early leader Shared Adventure at the two-furlong marker to contest the lead.

Entering the home turn, A.P. Vincero, the recipient of seven pounds, won the battle easily. Late Bid under Jonathon Grant took fourth position.

Before another good crowd, several horses nominated for the three big races next race day held centre stage, and in the good conditions, Blue Diamond Stables made the most of the last chance to get their charges ready.

Owner Lord Michael Taylor and champion trainer Anderson Ward were the toast of the Savannah with three victories, including two one-two finishes in the supporting features.

Island Memories, brilliantly ridden by Reshaun Latchman and Captain Sully, ridden by Jalon Samuel, were the first two home in the Rotherley Holdings Inc. Challenge Trophy Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 88-110 and also open to horses rated 87 and below over 1 800 metres.

After battling early with Captain Sully, the much talked about Dancin David finished out of the money, as Dance The Distance under Antonio Whitehall and Silk N Satin ridden by Antonio Bishop ran past him to collect the third and fourth spots.

Gold Cup selectee Dancin David set the early pace but came under severe pressure at the three-furlong marker before packing it in. Island Memories, who came from one before last, stopped the clocked in a laboured 1:54.3.

Two races later in the speed fest, the white with royal blue diamond colours with royal blue sleeves and scarlet cap proved invincible again, with Vitality under Kyle Carter and Run Alke Run partnered by Chris Husbands.

The pair finished one-two in Race 7 – the Rotherley Construction Inc. Sprint Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 115-140 and also open to horses rated 114 and below over 1 100 metres.

Run Alke Run stormed to the lead from Vitality, Istanbul, Greeley Gone West, Erados and Janaki. The order remained unchanged as the speedsters put their feet to the ground, making it difficult for would-be closers.

Run Alke Run brought the field into the homestretch looking all over a winner. However, Carter produced Vitality on the outside and with nerves of steel, guided the son of Zwick out of Vital Statistix home without breaking a sweat.

The Blue Diamond Stable’s other winner was Must Be The Money, smartly ridden by Patrick Husbands in the opening event the Vuemont Trophy Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 53-75 and also open to horses rated 52 and below over 1 800 metres.

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Vital race for six

nationnews.com | By LINDON YARDE | Sat, February 11, 2012 – 12:04 AM

Today’s Rotherley Holdings Inc. Challenge Trophy and the Rotherley Construction Inc. Sprint Trophy – over 1 800 and 1 100 metres, respectively – at the Garrison Savannah are not the feature races but are significant for several horses entered.

On this Rotherley Construction Inc.-sponsored race day, six of the horses entered for two of the premier races on Gold Cup day – the Tanglewood Stakes & Trophy and the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint Stakes & Trophy – will get in their final run before the big day on March 3.

It all gets going in Race 5 when five of the six – Island Memories, Dance The Distance, Captain Sully, Silk N Satin and Sea Gypsy – will square off in the RHI Challenge Trophy.

However, it won’t be all about them as the real interest here lies with United States-bred Gold Cup representative Dancin David.

The Sir David Seale-owned colt will make his local debut, and his performance will be keenly monitored as this will be his only chance to impress before the pattern event.

Island Memories warmed up for his appointment on March 3 with a workmanlike victory in the Diamond International Crown Of Light Handicap over today’s distance against horses rated 58 to 80. Trainer Andy Ward’s intentions here might be nothing more than to tighten a few screws.

Stablemate Captain Sully will need the majority of the work as his form has gone in the wrong direction.

The others are also badly in need of a good performance under their belts.

It will be a test of speed versus stamina as six of the Spa Sprint nominees clash in the RCI Sprint Trophy.

Purr Class, Vitality, Greeley Gone West, Erados and Istanbul will meet Preach To Me. The Sir David Seale-owned horse had a hard-fought victory in the Ichi Ban Handicap, where he defeated Erados by a short head in a driving finish.

Preach To Me now carries the top weight of 133 pounds and while one can’t doubt his closing ability, he might be handing too much weight to potentially explosive speedballs.

Gay Smith’s Erados put in a Herculean effort last start.

His connections should be pleased with that performance and much the same is expected here.

Purr Class, Istanbul and Vitality all possess good early speed and are all capable of securing a victory. They will, however, need to be at their best as time is just about to expire in terms of getting it right.

Janaki stormed to victory last race day in the Diamonds International MontBlanc Challenge Sprint Trophy at today’s distance. Now carrying a similar weight, she must stand another excellent chance.

One can’t help but wonder why her connections opted not to pay the penalty and enter the Spa Sprint. Another victory here would certainly make her omission even more mind-blowing.

My picks

Race 1: Must Be The Money

Race 2: Chatter Box

Race 3: Capere

Race 4: Tornade

Race 5: Dance The Distance

Race 6: Shared Adventure

Race 7: Janaki

Race 8: Intact

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Indian Officer one to watch

nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Fri, February 10, 2012

The main attraction on an enterprising eight-race card on the fourth day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season will be the Rotherley Construction Inc. Stakes And Trophy Condition race for three-year-olds over 1 570 metres at the Garrison Savannah tomorrow.

On paper, the form suggests it should be a two-horse affair between the Joanne Parravicino and Shaun Meil-owned Indian Officer and the H&M-owned Shared Adventure.

Indian Officer has displayed fantastic form, romping to three victories from his six starts.

Those victories came in the Divine Messenger Allotted Weights over 1 100 metres followed by the Diamonds International Crown Of Light and the Boxing Day International Trophy, both condition races over 1 570 metres.

His main opposition should come from Shared Adventure, whose two victories came in the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Open Two-year-old Trophy and the Jim Davis, both condition races over 1 100 metres.

Both are now handicapped at 126 pounds by virtue of their two wins at tomorrow’s trip but Indian Officer has the slight advantage.

The Rotherley Construction Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Sale Graduates Three-year-old Stakes And Trophy is also guaranteed to whet one’s appetite.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned Verkauf headlines the field of 11 to contest this 1 100-metres event.

She has the impressive record of three wins from five starts in her brief career. While this Anderson Ward-trained filly got the job done, she has not been totally convincing when getting the score.

Stablemate Run For Your Money was a very impressive winner when taking care of the West Indian-bred unplaced horses in the Loan Ranger Condition Race Division-B over 1 000 metres. Now being asked to shoulder weight all around, he will be severely tested.

Vapour Trail comfortably took Division-A of that race and, with the increase in class and weight, she will have to find more if she’s to repeat that success.

Something Happening was a long-shot winner first time out in the Oba Dove Condition Race over 1 100 metres. The daughter of Atul out of Lively Look did not fire in her next start and will be seeking to make amends.

Capere has now gone six races since her only score. This Victor Cheeseman-trained filly has been consistent in her more recent starts as she now seems to be settling into this racing regime; further improvement is expected.

Gorgeous has been fairly consistent in all her efforts and another gallant effort can be expected.

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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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Graeme Hill wins in style

Jockey Kyle Carter stunned the field with a runaway victory aboard Graeme Hill in the feature race. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Sun, January 29, 2012

Spectacularly ridden by wonder boy Kyle Carter, Graeme Hill easily took the 13th edition of the Coolmore “Home Of Champions” Stakes & Trophy on a firm Garrison Savannah track yesterday.

It was a performance that would easily cement his place in the starting line-up for the prestigious Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup just over a month away.

Jockey Carter allowed the son of Graeme Hall out of Lucky Lady Lucy to canter along at the back of the nine-horse field in the (Gr.1.-Bar) race for three-year-old and older horses rated 118-140 (weight for age) and also open to horses rated 117 and below over 1 800 metres.

The Bill and Haley Blevin-owned colt Graeme Hill strode past some tired pace-setters gong towards the two-furlong marker as the original leaders Captain Sully, Lil Man Arran, Kingdora, Giovedi, John Brian and the favourite Daga had all come under pressure.

Entering the homestretch widest of all, Graeme Hill continued to stride out effortlessly for the victory.

This victory was even more significant for his connections and trainer Jonathon Simpson as they eventually finished first, second and fourth in the afternoon feature event.

Giovedi, partnered by Reshaun Latchman, ran on tenaciously to take second, while Indanger under Antonio Bishop ran another good race, closing from way back and getting up in time for third position. Lil Man Arran saw out his race well, finishing fourth with jockey Anderson Trotman astride.

This result could easily see these four joining top creoles Zoom, Apostle and Show Me The Money, who clearly cemented their spots last race day for the big race.

The disappointment of the race was the performance of Daga and John Brian whose entry in the Gold Cup now rests with the jury.

Equally as impressive yesterday was the telling blow delivered by Janaki, owned by the Estate Of Yusuf Mongroo. Under Kenny John, she turned back ten others when taking the supporting feature race, the Diamonds International Montblanc Challenge Sprint Trophy Handicap.

The Boston John-trained filly, who has not been nominated at the first two stages for the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint, defeated five other nominees in that race for four-year-old and older horses rated 75-100 and also open to horses rated 74 and below over 1 100 metres.

Those who felt her fury were Byhookorbycreek, Vitality, Purr Class, Istanbul and Greeley Gone West, with the latter two finishing third and fourth respectively.

Vitality was quickest away from the gates, joined by Desert Orchid and Dark Knight with Janaki stalking in fourth position.

As the tempo quickened going towards the two-furlong pole, Janaki took closer order, while Istanbul ridden by Rico Walcott, Greeley Gone West under Jalon Samuel, and Run Alke Run partnered by Paul Eddery (eventually second) could be seen making rapid headway.

Janaki, by virtue of having stolen first run, romped home for the comfortable victory. It was a performance that could very well make her connections rethink their decision not to nominate her for the Sandy Lane Spa.

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Exciting racing expected in Diamonds International/Montblanc races tomorrow

Marketing Manager for Diamonds International, Simone Ward, presents the trophy for the Diamonds International/Montblanc Challenge Sprint Trophy to Director of the Barbados Turf Club, Luther Miller III.

The Barbados Advocate | PG | 1/27/2012

Exciting racing is expected tomorrow when the Coolmore “Home of Champions” and Diamonds International/ Montblanc Raceday comes off at the Garrison Savannah.

One of the races many fans will be coming to see will be the Diamonds International/ Montblanc Challenge Sprint Trophy. A full field of 12 horses will face the starter’s gun on Saturday and this race is a prep race for the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint. According to Simone Ward, Marketing Manager of Diamonds International, this race should be a very competitive one.

“The Sprint Challenge Trophy is going to be a particularly exciting race and I know that some of the horses that are being featured in the race are vying to be running in the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint,” said Ward.

Director of the Barbados Turf Club, Luther Miller III, echoed her sentiment and added that many of the horses entered for the Challenge Sprint are also entered for the Spa Sprint on Gold Cup day. He noted that as of yesterday 16 horses were entered and the second subscription is due today, and that number will either stay the same or increase.

“Obviously with just 12 slots for the race, four horses will have to come out. The selection process will be dependent on how the horses run this Saturday, and it will be interesting to see how they finish the Montblanc Sprint and that will determine who will get priority for the Spa Sprint,” said Miller.

Diamonds International is one of the major sponsors of horse racing in Barbados and the company, along with Montblanc, has also thrown its support behind two other races. The Diamonds International/Montblanc Villeret Condition Race going 1100m and the Diamonds International/Montblanc Twinfly going 1570m are open to three-year-old maidens only and are the first two races on the card. Most of the horses in these two races will be facing the starter for the first time, while there are some others who will be starting for only their second or third time.

“This is a good opportunity to bring horses on, and the fact they are running for a very good stake, supported by Diamonds International, will make that race that much more interesting,” said Miller.

Ward added: “It is going to be fun and we have been having great crowds. This is going to be the final one, so I want everyone to come out to this race day on Saturday. We look forward to seeing you and we do have some give-aways, so please come and you never know, you might win a Montblanc gift.”

There are eight races on the card for Saturday and post time for the first race is 1:30 p.m. (PG)

 

 

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D-day for Gold Cup hopefuls

D-day for Gold Cup hopefuls

nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Fri, January 27, 2012

Gold Cup prospects will be in action during the Coolmore Home Of Champions and Diamonds International MontBlanc race day at the Garrison Savannah, tomorrow.

After the running of the Victor Chandler Stakes and Trophy, the Coolmore Home Of Champions Stakes and Trophy is the most anticipated race prior to the March 3 Sandy Lane Gold Cup.

And around 4:40 p.m, 11 horses will compete in what is known as the final prep race for the pattern event when the Barbados Turf Club’s first season enters its third day with eight races from 1:30 pm.

There are a few races that really look set to excite the taste buds – one of which is the Diamonds International MontBlanc Challenge Sprint Trophy Handicap over 1 100 metres. This race for four-year-old and older horses rated 75-100 and also open to horses rated 74 and below, can also be seen as a final prep for horses entered in the Spa Sprint on Gold Cup Day.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned Purr Class takes top weight of 133 pounds. She has displayed terrible form in her last four efforts. However, she is not alone in that category as former speedballs Who’s To Say (129), Nomoreginrog (108), Byhookorbycreek (113) and Greeley Gone West (117) all entered are carrying identical form.

Stablemates Istanbul (122) and Vitality (119) have both been at the top of their game and are capable of getting the victory.

A small field of ten have taken entry to compete in the Diamonds International Crown Of Light Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 58-80 and also open to horses rated 57 and below over 1 800 metres.

Sir David Seale-owned Reward Me double-entered on the card is down to carry 130 pounds. It will be his second start after a lay off.

Sail On (126), after his herculean effort in last year’s Derby, trailed in at the back in his only outing but could be a live-wire. Stream Kid now seems  to be getting the hang of racing in Barbados and has to be respected while Victor Ludorum is fresh from a victory in the Diamonds International MontBlanc Time Walker Handicap over 1 570 metres for horses rated 53-75.

The curtain closer is the Diamonds International MontBlanc Tribute Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 45-70 and also open to horses rated 44 and below over 1 100 metres.

Round Table Stud Farm-owned Whataline carries 133 pounds. She has four wins, two seconds and a third from her last seven starts and on those statistics, she can easily take this field to the cleaners.

Vandross (130) gets the second top weight with a place chance at best while Lune The Barachois (126) has been knocking at the door.

 

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Aston Martin all set

highly favoured: Aston Martin (left) with Reshawn Latchman on board) is tipped to win today’s feature race. (Kenmore Bynoe)

nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Sat, January 21, 2012

Aston Martin will open his 2012 campaign when he meets eight rivals in today’s feature event – the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Breeders’ Stakes & Trophy – at 3:35 p.m.

The Mark Armstrong-owned, Victor Cheeseman-trained colt will be looking to make it two wins on the trot at the Garrison Savannah in Race 7 on the ten-race card. This Grade II event for Barbados-bred three-year-olds goes over 1 570 metres.

Already the people’s favourite, Aston Martin romped to a one-and-a-half length victory over this bunch in the Diamonds International MontBlanc Challenge Series & Stakes at the same trip.

A repeat of that performance looks very much on the cards as the son of Carpe Dien-Rosie Red Bear continues to improve.

His main challenges should come from Dipitinmoney, Rickoshey, Capere and Galaxy.

After two convincing victories, Blue Diamond Stable-owned Dipitinmoney was largely disappointing when she failed to find a place in the above-mentioned race won by Aston Martin.

Now drawn on the outside, she will be looking to make amends but it won’t be an easy task.

Stable mate Rickoshey, after his maiden triumph in the Diamond International MontBlanc Meisterstuck Stakes & Trophy over 1 000 metres, ran an enterprising second to Aston Martin.

That being his first attempt at 1 570 metres, one can expect another gallant effort from this colt who hails from champion trainer Anderson Ward’s barn.

Galaxy, owned by Gay Smith, has run well in his two starts to date, placing fourth on debut to Dipitinmoney in the New Castle Trophy Condition race over 1 570 metres where he was beaten by only three-and-a-quarter lengths.

Trainer Edward Walcott Jr then entered him in the Diamond International Gift Condition race where he recorded a length-and-a-half victory.

With further improvement on the card, the son of Thady Quill-Peace Angel should give another good account.

Another Victor Cheeseman-trained horse that has been impressive lately is the Raphael Green-owned Capere.

Although her lone victory when she coasted home in the Kabul Allotted Weights Race over 1 000 metres now seems eons ago, her most recent efforts have offered inspiration.

First, she was a courageous third to Aston Martin in the Diamonds International MontBlanc Challenge Series & Trophy. She then lost by a neck to Verkauf in the 2011 Sales Graduates Futurity Condition race for two-year-olds over

1 100 metres, and those efforts are sufficient to keep her an honest threat.

Trainer Nunes’ charge Gorgeous has shown some promise from her previous outings, having recorded two seconds and a third place as her best efforts. Going the extra distance, she will need to find plenty more.

The Christopher Gibbs-owned Leave A Message looked promising on debut but seems in need of more time to get on par.

The other runner Cane Cutter, out of Blue Diamonds Stable, has not shown anything to recommend her.

My Picks

Race 1: Quick City

Race 2: Jessie James

Race 3: Run For Your Money

Race 4: Shared Adventure

Race 5: Show Me The Money

Race 6: Peaceful Envoy

Race 7: Aston Martin

Race 8: Thunder Bird

Race 9: Spellbound

Race 10: Just U And Me

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