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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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Race Dates for the 1st Racing Season confirmed

Racing in the past
First Racing Season

Monday January 2nd, 2012

1st Race Day of the 1st Racing Season – Hall of Fame Race Day

Saturday January 21st, 2012

2nd Race Day of the 1st Racing Season – The BTBA Breeders Stakes Trophy

Saturday January 28th, 2011

3rd Race Day of the 1st Racing Season – Coolmore “Home of Champions” Stakes Trophy

Saturday February 11th, 2012

4th Race Day of the 1st Racing Season – The Rotherley Construction Inc. Stakes & Trophy Race Day

Saturday, March 3rd, 2011

5th Race Day of the 1st Racing Season – Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Club Day

March, 2011

6th Race Day of the 1st Racing Season – The salute to the Champions Race Day

(Available for sponsorship)

 April, 2012

7th Race Day of the 1st Racing Season – Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopeful Stakes & Trophy

Realtors Limited Trophy

8th Race Day of the 1st Racing Season – Barbados Guineas Race Day

(Available for sponsorship)


About the Barbados Turf Club

The Barbados Turf Club, which regulates and promotes horse racing in Barbados, was established in 1905 and organizes three seasons of racing per year. With approximately 25 race meetings throughout the year running from January to April (Spring Season); May to September (Summer Season) and from November to December (Winter Season).

The location is the Historic Garrison Savannah, close to the capital, Bridgetown. The Garrison Savannah has been the home of horse racing in Barbados since 1845. The officers of the British Regiment, who were stationed in Barbados, used what was then the parade ground to match their horses in races and the wealthy merchants and planters later joined them.

Today, the excitement produced by the thousands of exuberant spectators is contagious and this being Barbados, horse racing is used as a great excuse for an array of entertainment and festivities. The people of Barbados love sharing their sport with visitors and a warm welcome awaits.


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Race 8 a toss-up

By Lindon Yarde | Sat, May 28, 2011 | www.nationnews.com

Punters could be in for a real headache today when trying to find the winner of the day’s final race at the Garrison Savannah. It is easily one of, if not the most exciting race on the card.

The race in the spotlight is the BTC Employees Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 70-95 and also open to horses rated 69 and below over 1 100 metres.

No fewer than six horses have outstanding claims in this race.

The Christopher Gibbs-owned Dark Knight, packing the top weight of 126 pounds, defeated the 0-145 rated sprinter in the Rotherley Construction Inc. Sprint Trophy Handicap early during the first racing season.

What makes it interesting from his perspective is that he has not raced since that victory on February 12 and has stepped up 18 pounds after that win.

Although this field is not as classy as the ones he defeated, he will find it tough but merits respect.

The Sir David Seale-owned Golden Moment ran the race of her career last start when she finished fourth in the Lost In The Fog Trophy Handicap for horses rated 115-140 over 1 100 metres.

She ran out of steam in the home stretch and providing she came away from that race sound, she is a danger.

Bill Haley and the Comics-owned Byhookorbycreek last scored at this trip when she won the Bushy Park Trophy Handicap for two-year-old importeds. She has the tactical speed and, if positioned correctly, can find herself involved at the end for the photo shot.

Lord Michael Taylor’s Pure Temptation, in his last attempt at this trip, was seen closing extremely fast in the latter stages of the Ginger Lily Handicap for horses rated 60-85.

In that race he dead-heated for third position with Fedrica. Now 11 pounds better off he will most likely get tailed off early, but could come home revs up and sirens blaring.

Senator G. Cave and S. Bynoe are hoping to have their say with their mare No Spin Zone. She beat this company before when she took the III Diamonds International MontBlanc Meisterstuck Handicap over today’s trip.

Handicapped at 111 pounds, some would say “This is suga”.

Dance The Distance has been in healthy form recently, winning two of his last three starts both over 1 570 metres. He is well stretched out and could be around at the finish.

The other runners are Cash Boy and Time D’or and they can be expected to be in the hustle early. Whether they can sustain the early gallop is questionable.

Vandross appears desperate for a lifeline, Mystical Magic has not raced for some time, while Greeley Gone West is the only maiden in the field but handicapped with the penny stamp of 108 pounds.

She might appear in the middle of the night dressed in ski mask to take the top prize.

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Slip Stream takes first race in the Triple Crown


Barbados Advocate 4/17/2011

Under a perfect front-running ride by Chris Husbands, the Sir. Charles Williams & Lady Williams owned three-year-old bay filly Slip Stream, bred by Sir Charles, won the 61st Barbados Guineas, for West Indian bred three-year-olds, going 1 570 metres.

The race was the feature on the Barbados Turf Club’s eight race card yesterday at the Garrison Savannah, and carried a winning purse of $38 986.

When starter Mark Batson sent the horses on their way Husbands broke Slip Stream, who is by Federico out of Valdance Creek, smartly from the 1 570 metre gate, and by the time they were passing the stands, the Andrew Nunes trained filly had opened a three-length lead on Vitality, who was following in second.

As they came out of the paddock bend Husbands put another three lengths on Vitality and Istanbul, who were tracking in second and third, leaving him with a seven- to eight-length lead approaching the hill with three furlongs to go. At this stage Husbands then gave the filly a breather, as the remainder of the field were then forced to run over the hill in an effort to catch her, but to no avail, as she again quickened with two furlongs to go and ran out a comfortable winner.

Husbands told the Barbados Advocate that when the filly reached the three furlong marker he was confident of winning, as she was relaxed, and just cruising. He said he was very grateful to Sir Charles and Lady Williams for giving him the ride, and had high praise for the trainer Nunes, who he said did a terrific job of bringing the filly absolutely tuned for the race.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned Island Memories, with Jason Leacock in the saddle came from a long way back to be second, while third was Sweet Bottom Suzy, owned by John Chandler. Istanbul who is also owned by Lord Michael Taylor was fourth. These three are trained by Andy Ward.

The supporting feature, the Coo Bird Handicap, for three-year-olds and older rated 140 and below, going 1 570 metres was won by the Lord Michael Taylor-owned seven-year-old bay mare, Bouncebak, trained by Andy Ward, and ridden by Jalon Samuel.
The Aysha Syndicate-owned Who’s To Say, trained by Naz Issa, with Jason Leacock in the saddle made most of the running, with Bouncebak tracking.

On reaching the two furlong pole Samuel picked up the race and went on to win in a tight finish from the Christopher Gibbs-owned, Ring Time, trained by Boston John and ridden by Jonathan Grant with the weight old 108 pounds. Third was Purr Class.

Jockeys Jalon Samuel, and Ricky Walcott shared the honours with two wins each, while trainer Andy Ward was the only trainer to saddle two winners.

Racing continues on Saturday May 14.

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Istanbul the favourite horse

nationnew.com | By Lindon Yarde | Sat, April 16, 2011 – 12:01 AM


These horses pound the sand track during exercise at the Garrison Savannah. (FP)


All systems are set.The horses are fighting fit and in fantastic form; all looking to capture the 61st Barbados Guineas. 

The first jewel the Barbados Triple Crown, an event for West Indian-bred three-year-olds over 1 570 metres at allotted weights, is the premier race today at the Garrison Savannah. 

Twelve of the finest three-year-olds in training will vie for honours in Race 7 on this eight-race card. 

Despite the encouraging and sublime form of all entered it certainly has the makings of atwo-horse affair, at least on paper. 

The incredible colt owned by Lord Michael Taylor – Istanbul – looks set to eyeball Sir Charles Williams’ feisty filly Kendal Moon for the top prize. 

Istanbul, with the most decorative resume of six wins from ten starts, has defeated the leading contenders here and once again looks invincible. 

Noticeably he touched off Kendal Moon by a neck when they met in the Guardian General Insurance Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy over today’s trip. Another win here will confirm it was no fluke.

Kendal Moon tasted defeat at the hands of Istanbul but it was an extremely gallant effort that could have gone either way with a little more luck. 

Going here she is lightly raced and has fresh legs. Additionally, Kendal Moon’s first-call rider Trotman has elected to stay with her. 

Lord Michael Taylor and trainer Anderson Ward have four other entrants, to complete a record five-pronged attack in this classic. 

Reprise will lead the back-up contingent after her maiden victory in the Diamond International Mont Blanc Doue condition race over 1 570. She was then beaten into third place behind   Istanbul and Kendal Moon. It will take something very special for her to reverse positions.

On form, Vitality and stablemate Island Memories look evenly matched especially since Vitality turned the tables on Island Memories when they last met in the Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopeful Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy, also at today’s trip.

These two could battle once again for the minor positions. The final entrant for Blue Diamonds Stables – Must Be The Money – could find himself out front doing rabbit work as his form is the least enticing.

Sir Charles’ second runner, the fleet-footed Slip Stream, is expected to make it hot up front. A repeat of her last race day performance will not come as a surprise all things being equal.

In that race the Realtors Limited Trophy condition race over 1 100 metres, she sped from the gates but ran out of steam in the homestretch. Slip Stream, very much like Must Be The Money, could wind up doing job work. 

The field is complemented by Jack Is Back, Verizon, Wingman, Ocean Pride and Sweet Bottom Suzy – all worthy opponents despite venturing into the lion’s den. 

My Picks:
Race 1: Atomic Bomb; Race 2: Uncle Jerry; Race 3: Byhookorbycreek; Race 4: Whatadeal; Race 5: Charge It; Race 6: Unreal; Race 7: Kendal Moon; Race 8: Slammin N Jammin.

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Very competitive field for Barbados Guineas

The Barbados Advocate | April 16, 2011

Race seven is the feature race on the Barbados Turf Club’s 8th day of racing at the Garrison Savannah today. It is the 61st running of the Barbados Guineas, which is for West Indian bred 3-year-olds, going 1570 metres.

This year’s race is unique, as seven of the horses in the 12 horse field have been bred by Sir Charles Williams, of which Kendal Moon is owned by him, while Slip Stream is owned by him and his wife Lady Williams. Both are very exciting fillies that are expected to be in the mix up at the end.

Four of the others Istanbul, Reprise, Island Memories and Vitality were purchased by Lord Michael Taylor from Sir Charles Williams, and are in the capable hands of trainer Andy Ward. All four have been performing extremely well, and are already closing in on $300 000 in earnings.

Lord Michael Taylor and trainer Andy Ward also have Must Be In The Money in the race, and all five are capable of giving a good account of themselves. At the end it could be Instanbul, Reprise, Kendal Moon, Vitality and Island Memories fighting out the finish.

The supporting feature is race five, the Coo Bird Handicap for 3-year-olds and older rated 140 and below, going 1570 metres. The ones to follow could be Bouncebak, Charge It and Ring Time.
Post time for the first race is 1.30pm, and the ones to follow could be Atomic Bomb, Randy Andy and Midnight Express.

In race two, Who’s Staying, Tornade, Up The Ante and King Of The Jungle could be the ones to follow.
The filly Daga, is coming off of three straight wins, and should be the one to beat in race three, while good runs are expected from Byhookorbycreek, and Royal Spirit.

The ones to follow in race four could be, The Milk Maid, Whatadeal, and Victoria Belle.

In race six, Millennium Mile could be the one to beat. However, Why Not Dance, Storm Warning and Unreal are dangers.

The final event is very competitive, which means that there should be a good superfecta payout. The one to beat could be Nomoreginrog, while Fredrica, Zaltarr and Sweet Enough could make up the superfecta combination.

Final Program For Day 8 – Saturday, April 16, 2011
The 61st Barbados Guineas Raceday Featuring The Barbados Guineas (GR.1R. – BAR) (The 1st Jewel Of The Barbados Triple Crown)

Race 1 [1:30 p.m.] Purse: $12 000 1800m (Turf)
The Watercress (Handicap) West Indian Bred 4-Year-Old And Older Maidens
1. Poor Paul 108 A. Clarke Jr
2. Atomic Bomb 127 A. Bishop
3. B-O 112 A. Perch (7)
4. Midnight Express 108 J. Grant
5. Sylvia Helen SCRATCHED
6. Randy Andy 115 A. Trotman
7. Glistening SCRATCHED
8. Wild Dani 117 J. Croney (7)

Race 2 [2:00pm] Purse: $12 000 1800m (Turf)
The Viking (Handicap) 4-Year-Olds And Older Rated 48 – 70 (Also Open To 4-Year-Old And Older Horses Rated 47 And Below)
1. Local Speed 120 K. John
2. Gone Prospecting 111 J. Grant
3. Proud Bajan (USA) 116 A. Trotman
4. Bloumberg (USA) 116 C. Husbands
5. Zergar 123 K. Cumberbatch (7)
6. King Of The Jungle 123 A. Bishop (3)
7. Up The Ante 119 V. Charles
8. Tornade (BT) 126 J. Samuel
9. Missed Storm (USA) 115 Affrie Ward (7)
10. Who’s Staying (USA) 122 R. Walcott
11. Victor Ludorum 114 A. Perch (7)
12. Uncle Jerry 120 R. Latchman (5)

Race 3 [2:30 p.m.] Purse: $12 000 1570m (Turf)
The Pepperpot (Handicap) 3-Year-Olds
1. Northern Sheriff (USA)120 J. Leacock
2. Nile Queen 114 A. Trotman
3. Greeley Gone West (USA)114 C. Husbands
4. Tiny Tot 112 A. Perch
5. Royal Spirit (USA) 126 P. Leacock
6. Daga (USA) 130 A. Ward
7. Little Man Arran (USA) 115 K. John
8. Nomoreginrog (USA) SCRATCHED
9. Byhookorbycreek (USA) 121 R. Latchman (7)
10. Jusanotheropinion (USA) 115 R. Walcott
11. Aysha’s Time (USA) 108 J. Grant

Race 4 [3:05 p.m.] Purse: $12 000 1570m (Turf)
The Best Wishes (Handicap) West Indian Bred 3-Year-Old Maidens
1. Dancing Days 120 J. Leacock
2. Wynterose (Res 5)108
3. Volcanic 117 A. Bishop (3)
4. The Milk Maid 116 J. Grant
5. Rossi (Res 2) 108
6. Angelic Peace (Res 1) 112
7. Dunwiddat SCRATCHED
8. Danica 113 K. Downes (7)
9. Takemehomedaddee 123 R. Latchman (5)
10. Ifnottodaytomorrow 112 Affrie Ward (7)
11. Kibu 118 A. Perch (7)
12. Re-Re 115 R. Cumberbatch
13. Indian Soul 121 K. John
14. Jamaica Quill SCRATCHED
15. Big Brother (Res 4) 108
16. Whatadeal 122 J. Samuel
17. Victoria Belle 116 Rickey Walcott
18. Captain Apache 125 C. Husbands
19. Born To Win (Res 3) 108

Race 5 [3:35 p.m.] Purse: $15 000 1570m (Turf)
The Coo Bird (Handicap) 3-Year-Olds And Older Rated 118 – 140 (Also Open To 3-Year-Old And Older Horses Rated 117 And Below)
1. Charge It (USA) 130 Rickey Walcott
2. Who’s To Say (USA) 130 J. Leacock
3. Bouncebak 130 J. Samuel
4. Kingdora 122 C. Husbands
5. Rocamadour (USA) SCRATCHED
6. Mingun Temple (USA) SCRATCHED
7. Ring Time (USA) 108 J. Grant
8. Grace Chapel (USA) 106 A. Clarke Jr (7)
9. Purr Class (USA) 118 R. Latchman (5)
10. Apostle SCRATCHED

Race 6 [4:05 p.m.] Purse: $12 000 1100m (Turf)
The Watersmeet (Handicap) 4-Year-Olds And Older Rated 15 – 40 (Also Open To 4-Year-Old And Older Horses Rated 14 And Below)
1. Whataline 125 K. John
3. Millennium Mile 124 J. Samuel
4. Noble Inheritance 132 P. Leacock
5. Why Not Dance (USA) 129 R. Walcott
6. Midnight Express SCRATCHED
7. Cool Asa Breeze (USA) 126 F. Drakes-Small (7)
8. Voice Mail 124 D. Bynoe (7)
9. Inherit The Wind (USA) (Res 5)
10. Who’s Calling 124 A. Bishop (3)
11. Ting A Merry Slew 124 A. Perch (7)
12. Russian Roulette 125 Affrie Ward (7)
13. Family Affair (Res 1)
14. Unreal 125 K. Downes (7)
15. Storm Warning 126 R. Latchman (5)
16. Tears Of The Sun (Res 6)
17. Poor Paul (Res 2)
18. Inforthefun (USA) (T)129 V. Charles
19. Supercharge (Res 4)

Race 7 [4:40 p.m.] Purse: $40 000 1570m (Turf)
Plus Subscriptions Totaling $29,800.00 No Apprentice Allowance The 61st Barbados Guineas (Gr.1r. – Bar)
West Indian Bred 3-Year-Olds (Allotted Weight)
1. Volcanic (Res 2)
2. Istanbul 126 P. Leacock
3. Kendal Moon 121 A. Trotman
4. Reprise 121 J. Samuel
5. Captain Apache (Res 3)
6. Island Memories 126 J. Leacock
7. Must Be The Money 126 V. Charles
8. Foxy Baba (Res 1)
9. Jack Is Back 126 Affrie Ward
10. Verizon 126 A. Bishop
11. Vitality 126 Ricky Walcott
12. Slip Stream 121 C. Husbands
13. Sweet Bottom Suzy 121 R. Latchman
14. Wingman 126 R. A. Cumberbatch
15. Ocean Pride 126 K. John

Race 8 [5:15 p.m.] Purse: $12 000 1100m (Turf)
The Ginger Lily (Handicap) 3-Year-Olds And Older Rated 60 – 85 (Also Open To 3-Year-Old And Older Horses Rated 59 And Below)
1. Zaltarr 119 A. Bishop (3)
2. Run Alke Run (USA) 112 R. Latchman (5)
3. Slammin N’ Jammin (USA) 121 K. John
4. Sweet Enough 123 C. Husbands
5. No Spin Zone SCRATCHED
6. Fedrica 121 Affrie Ward (7)
7. Spellbound 117 V. Charles
8. Nomoreginrog (USA) 124 A. Trotman
9. Golden Moment 117 Rickey Walcott
10. Pure Temptation (USA) 128 J. Samuel
11. Lamara 110 J. Grant
12. Most Wanted (Res 2)
13. Outeniqua 122 J. Leacock
14. Vandross 126 A. Perch (7)
15. Greeley Gone West (USA) SCRATCHED
16. Fuh Real (Res 1)
17. Ring Time (USA) SCRATCHED
18. Victor Ludorum SCRATCHED

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Eleven horses down to run in Michael Parravicino Race

3/26/2011 | By Petra Harvey | Barbados Advocate

ELEVEN horses will vie against each other on April 2, when the Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopeful Breeders’ Stakes & Trophy (GR.11 RB.-BAR) runs off at the Garrison Savannah during the Realtors Limited Race day.

The details of the race were disclosed yesterday during a media briefing at the Incitatus Members Lounge at the Garrison Savannah. C.N. ‘Nick’ Parravicino said that despite the recent passing of his wife, it still gave him great pleasure to sponsor the race for another year.

“Looking at the entries it certainly looks like a very nice race, a lot of horses in the race have won a lot of races before and I just hope that the weather is good and we have a good day and may the best horse win. Providing I am still around and Roger [Parravicino] is there and Bruce [Parravicino] is there, Realtors doesn’t intend to go anywhere in a hurry. I would continue to do it once I haven’t run out of money,” said Parravicino.

Acting President of the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Richard Edwards commended Realtors for this continued support of the race day.

“It is very kind to you and your company to still support racing at this level. We cannot do without sponsorship. As you know it is very difficult at this time, we are in a recession and people are a bit hesitant in sponsoring races,” said Edwards.

Of the entries in the race, Edwards noted that four of the horses already have impressive winnings, but he singled out the Lord Michael Taylor owned Istanbul as the one to beat in the race.

“Of the other seven horses, four are winners and three are maidens, but you know a maiden can cause an upset, but that is generally not likely in this type of race that we are going. If we have a good track I still think that Istanbul would be very hard to beat. I think that he is the horse that everybody has to run to beat,” said Edwards.

Overall, the purse stands at $62 776, of which the winner will receive $34 536. The second place horse will receive $13 183, third $8 789 and fourth $6 278.

Rawle Batson, past President of the BTBA noted that the race has been going on since 1987 with a break in the years 1996-1999. Some of the past winners include champion horses such as Coo-Bird, Kabul, Apostle and Areutalkintome.

“Realtors Limited came on board twelve years ago, the first of those twelve years it was the Realtors Limited race and after that, Michael, who was the son of Nick, passed away and the race was named the Michael Parravicino Race to memorialise the good work that he had done,” said Batson.

Entries for The Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopeful Breeders’ Stakes & Trophy (GR. 11RB. – BAR).
1. Island Memories 126, 2. Vitality 126, 3. Lune De Barachois 121, 4. Slip Stream 121, 5. Angelic Peace 121, 6. Captain Apache 126, 7. Cinnamon Jane 121, 8. Victoria Belle 121, 9. Jack Is Back 126, 10. Nile Queen 121, 11. Istanbul 126.

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