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Top jockeys in for Cup Day

www.nationnews.com By Lindon Yarde | Fri, March 04, 2011

Gold Cup Day at the Garrison Savannah has always attracted highly skilled jockeys in the past, and 2011 will be no different.

This year a record seven jockeys from the Caribbean, United States and Britain will showcase they honed skills against our local riders when the 30th edition of the region’s most prestigious race runs off at the Garrison Savannah tomorrow.

Last year, Barbados’ most famous rider   Patrick Husbands, came face to face with top Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh, and when they flashed past the post, Husbands reigned supreme aboard Sterwins.

This year, fans are saying it’s now David versus Goliath – Husbands versus another top Irishman Jamie Spencer.

And let’s not forget another Irishman, Darryl Holland and the relatively young Englishman Phillip Makin.

If one can question the quality of the horses entered, then that’s supplemented by the high quality of professional riders who continuously strive on the adrenalin rush for motivation by heading to one of the smallest tracks in the Caribbean.

 The local jockeys are being led by Husbands,  an eight-time Canadian Sovereign award winner, and aruguably the best jockey this country has ever produced.

Englishman Darryl Holland, who is no stranger to this race having participated for the past two years, is determined to add the Sandy Lane Gold Cup to his high profile riding career achievements.

These include winning the German and Italian 2000 Guineas with Dupont, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Falbrav and the Coronation Cup aboard Warrsan just to name a few.

Holland’s best effort in the Gold Cup was a third place finish aboard the Sir David Seale-owned Preach To Me in 2009. He will once again team up with Hopefield Stables to ride John Brian.

Sir David has not won this race since 1992 when the popular Sandford Prince strode to victory.

Makin will be getting his first taste of action on the Garrison track.

He will be seen wearing the Aysha Syndicate’s silks aboard Charge It.

Another first-timer here is the talented Puerto Rico-born America- based Jeffrey Sanchez, who won his first Breeders Cup ride in 2010 aboard Awesome Feathers for trainer Stanley Gold.

The pair combined to land the Grey Goose Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies (Gr.1) Over 1 1/16 mile at Church Hill Downs last November. Sanchez will be aboard the Wesley Ward trained Grand Cash in the big event. Panamanian-born

Nobel Abrego will be riding the Trinidadian representative Tres Amigos; Abrego is no stranger to these shores; his appetite for big races was evident when he won the final two legs of last year’s Triple Crown. Adding the pattern event will be a dream come through.  

Kittitian champion jockey Jason Liburd will also get a taste of the action as he partners M & S Stable-owned Al Portador in the seventh Sandy Lane Spa Sprint Stakes and Trophy (Gr.1) over 1 100 metres.

Former Guyanese champion jockey, Michael Semple, now based at Beaumont Park, has the riding arrangement for the M and S Stables-owned Atabaas Pride in the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint.

Joining Husbands in the Caribbean richest horse race is Jono Jones who is tied with the most wins in this event with the retired Venice Richards – four wins, as well as Anderson Trotman and Ricky Walcott, both of whom have won the race once.

Champion jockey Jalon Samuels and Antonio Bishop will complete the local contingent who will lock horns in the main event.

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No clear pick

Atabaas Pride of St Kitts, with race day jockey Jason Liburd aboard. (Picture by Basil Griffith.)

By Lindon Yarde | Fri, March 04, 2011 – 12:05 AM

When the Sandy Lane Gold Cup runs off tomorrow, there will be no outstanding favourite, which should make it an extremely competitive race.

Die-hard race fans will more than likely turn to the jockeys to make their final decisions as to which horse they will choose to win the prestigious event.

When one looks at the past performances of all entered for this glamorous event it makes for interesting reading.

Silver Oaks LLC-owned Grand Cash has the most impressive record. The American gelding has won eight of his career 28 starts. The Wesley Ward-trained gelding who runs on the pace, was involved in a dead-heat in his last start at Gulfstream Park in the United States on January 6 in a Claiming US$44 000 event over 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

On that occasion, he stopped the clock at 1:41.3. It was an impressive victory as he slugged it out at the top of the lane.

The Eugene Melnyk-owned Safety Zone is not in the same category of his stablemate Sterwins, last year’s winner. After winning the Labeeb Stakes at Woodbine, in Canada, he then journeyed to Tampa Bay, Florida, where he won a Starters Handicap US$18 000 race over 1-mile in a time of 1:36.2.

He was then third next outing at the same venue in a Starters Handicap US$20 000 event over 1 1/16 mile. With career statistics of 28 starts with nine wins, this turf specialist is a late running type. He will have to contend with traffic if he is to retain the coveted prize for his connections.

The Tres Amigos-owned Just Call Me Roger has been working exceptionally well. His career record of 14 starts, with four wins looks good when judged against some of the other starters in the race. This front runner was swallowed up by his opponents at Woodbine in a Claiming $40 000 race.

He made amends on November 25 last year with a pole to pole victory at the above-mentioned venue in a claiming $10 000 race over  seven furlongs, stopping the clock in 1:24. He has performed well on turf and will get the distance.

Local favourite, the Elias Halute and Sir Charles Williams-owned Apostle will have his work cut out for him. The fact that he has to use his early speed to get over to the rail can be detrimental to his chances at the finish.

In his fourth Gold Cup and modest returns for the last year which have yielded only two wins, he does not inspire the same confidence as in the past. Apostle should take them along at a hectic clip early on, and should not be ruled out, as this style can be advantageous.

Daislyn Sharpe-owned Bad Action will seek to extend his unbeaten run from St Kitts, and make it five wins on the trot. He has won at all distances at Beaumont Park (four, five and seven and a half furlongs) and much is expected of him this time around.

Of the others, A Marshall-Way and H Spencer-owned Mingun Temple showed great form with a devastating performance in last year’s Victor Chandler Stakes and Trophy over 1 570 metres against top rated horses.

He then disappointed in the Coolmore “Home Of Champions” Stakes and Trophy over 1 800 metres, where it was believed that the firm going was his undoing. Mingun Temple’s four career wins were all achieved on soft going.

A firm track will surely reduce his chances.

Melrose and Clifton Racing-owned Rocamadour has won four of his eight starts, including three over the Gold Cup trip. He romped home in the Val Gale Cup over 1 800 metres, before an injury set him back.

He was a no-show in the Victor Chandler Stakes and Trophy over 1 570 metres. This trip is right up his alley. He will probably be a race or two short, but could be considered a live outsider.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned Show Me The Money has won four races from 12 starts, three at this distance. The Queen’s Plate Handicap is his most celebrated accomplishment.

Sir David Seale-owned Reward Me, has won once in a maiden race, and in higher company has only managed a third place finish as his best effort in his last race. This will be a sterner test, and although improving could find this race way out of his league.

 Zoom, owned by Gay Smith, is in good form, but has scored once in two years, and looks outclassed.

Aysha Syndicate’s Charge It has chalked up three wins from 12 starts, all over 1 570 metres, and if one is looking for a real dark horse, he could be it.

Sir David Seale-owned John Brian, in his fourth Gold Cup, is the only horse in the field not to have won a race in over a year, after five attempts in the last year. On that form he might be best ignored.

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Gold Cup fever is beginning to warm up


The first set of overseas entrants has arrived in the island ahead of Saturday’s big horse race at the Garrison Savannah.

The horses arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport from Miami last Tuesday morning and were transported to the quarantine station at the Garrison.

Creating quite a stir, these top class animals caught the attention of a few rail birds, who took time out from watching gallops, to get a first-hand look at the imports.

Arriving from Canada was the Eugene Melnyk – owned, Safety Zone, a seven-year-old bay gelding who will compete in the 30th Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup over 1 800 metres.

Another entrant making the successful arrival was stablemate Emerald Crescent, a nice looking five-year-old chestnut gelding, who is a reserve for the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint over 1 100 metres. Both horses are trained by champion Canadian trainer Mark Cassey.

Not to be left out, the United States entrants have had late fee penalties paid up by their owners, and one of the two representatives competing on Gold Cup Day is Averill Racing LLC-owned Grand Times.

This is a four-year-old dark bay/brown gelding. Blessed with speed, he will compete in the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint.

The second United States runner is the five-year-old chestnut gelding Grand Cash. He is a winner of his last start over one mile and 1/16.

He will represent Silver Oak and M and G Stables in the prestigious Gold Cup.

Both horses are trained by former jockey Wesley Ward, who is campaigning at the Gulfstream meeting in Florida.

Trinidad and Tobago’s lone representative Tres Amigos – owned Just Call Me Roger has been in the island for over a month and has been working well.

The other overseas entrants are expected to arrive in Barbados today from St Kitts.

Race fans can go to the historic site and witness these horses going through their paces on the grass track on Tuesday morning.

The draw for positions was made at the world renowned Sandy Lane Hotel last Thursday at 11 a.m. and there was a street parade through Bridgetown yesterday.

Grand Cash, a five-year-old chestnut gelding from the United States, was a winner in his last start.

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Jockeys riding hard

Jockeys riding hard

Nationnews by Lyndon Yarde | Sun, December 12, 2010

Owner Lord Michael Taylor (right) leading back in winner Istanbul with jockey Jalon Samuel who eged out Island Memories (left).

The highly intense and intriguing battle for the jockeys’ championship continued to capture the attention of all racing enthusiasts, in what has turned out to be quite a spectacle on the penultimate day of the Barbados Turf Club’s third racing season at the Garrison Savannah yesterday.

Leading riders Anderson Trotman and Jalon Samuel positioned themselves for a grand finale on Boxing Day.

Trotman rode three winners on the card, to move one win clear at the top of the table on Diamonds International Montblanc race day.

Istanbul, owned by Lord Michael Taylor, with Samuel aboard, proved his class by winning the Diamonds International Montblanc Star Walker Gents Stakes and Trophy conditions race over 1 100 metres for West Indian bred two-year-old colts and geldings.

Jack Is Back went to the lead with Istanbul, followed by Island Memories, who was settled just off the pace in third, with Verizon, Gunsmoke, Sir Harold and Physical bringing up the latter places.

As the field rounded into the home turn, Jack Is Back, ridden by Affrie Ward, tried his effort best to hold off the chasers, but succumbed to the pressure half way up the stretch and eventually finished third.

Island Memories, with Renaldo Cumberbatch in the irons, had every opportunity to snatch this one from the eventual winner Istanbul, but could not close fast enough and had to settle for second.

The Sir Charles Williams and Lady Williams-owned Slip Stream put in another classy performance to register a three-quarter length victory in the Diamonds International Montblanc La Boheme Ladies Stakes and Trophy conditions race over 1 100 metres for West Indian-bred two-year-old fillies.

The Andrew Nunes-trained Slip Stream, ridden by Anderson Trotman, lived up to her top rating, as she made light work of her competition.

She broke perfectly, and opened a comfortable seven lengths lead by the three furlong marker, which had the rest of the field struggling.

Lune De Barachois, ridden by Antonio Bishop, put in a fine display and was eventually second, while Sweet Bottom Suzy with Dario Dalrymple up, came from a long way back to snatch third, with Indian Soul ridden by Affie Ward fourth.

The others in the field never offered any challenge and were some distance off.

The latter part of Diamonds International Montblanc race day was dominated by Kendal Racing as the combination of owner Sir  Charles Williams, trainer Andrew Nunes and rider Anderson Trotman showed the progress of the stable by winning three of the last four races.

Bond Street was first to winners’ enclosure by taking the the second Diamonds International Crown Of Light Diamonds handicap for three-year-olds and older horses rated 0-65 over 1 100 metres.

Slip Stream then justified favourite tag in the fillies’ feature edition, while Jamaica Moon closed off the proceedings by winning the night cap, sweeping by her opponents in the second Diamonds International Gift Diamonds handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 0-45 over 1 570 metres.

The next race day will see the culmination of the battle between the top trainers Nunes and Ward, and the top jockeys, Trotman and Samuel.

In what promises to be an exciting entertaining and invigorating day of action, few will want to miss the feast being served up on Monday 27th December, 2010.


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Payday for Money

nationnews.com By Lindon Yarde | Sun, December 05, 2010 – 12:03 AM

Diamonds International / Montblanc raceday provided race lovers with an exciting day at the Garrison Savannah yesterday.

Perfect racing conditions and ideal weather provided the perfect stage for the juveniles to showcase their abilities.

The first feature race was the Diamonds International Mont Blanc Star Walker Gents Stakes and Trophy Condition race over 1 000 metres for West Indian-bred two-year-old colts and geldings.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned Must Be The Money scored a comfortable victory in this race. The handsome colt broke on top, but quickly settled into second behind stablemate Vitality for the next 600 metres.

Jockey Jalon Samuel then brought the Anderson Ward-trained colt alongside Vitality, and these two would slug it out to the finish with Must Be The Money getting the edge.

For his efforts, Vitality, with Kyle Carter aboard, was second, giving the Blue Diamonds stable a very pleasing one-two finish.

Sail On, with Keveh Nicholls astride, travelled well the entire trip and got third, while first-timer Verizon, ridden by Jason Leacock, was a commendable fourth.

The Diamonds International Mont Blanc La Boheme Ladies Stakes and Trophy Condition race over 1 000 metres for West Indian-bred two-year-old fillies was equally exciting.

Sir Charles Williams-owned Kendal Moon, with Anderson Trotman up, had a hard-fought victory over Fernandina, ridden by Kyle Carter.

Kendal Moon recovered from a slow start to gain an early lead, and never lost the lead. Her record now stands at two wins from two starts.

Ian Corbin-owned first-timer Foxy Baba, with Renaldo Cumberbatch in the irons, was third behind Fernandina, while The Milk Maid – with Jonathon Grant – was fourth.

The Diamonds International Mont Blanc Meisterstuck Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 0 to 140 over 1 800 metres was another thriller.

Some fans got an early Christmas gift, and no, there was no appearance from Santa Claus – just a victory for their favourite racehorse Apostle, who sounded a serious warning to all those wanting to be champion horse.

The Andrew Nunes-trained colt left the gate like the Concorde and never looked back, eventually stopping the clock in one minute, 54.4/5 seconds.

The futile chasers led by Show Me The Money included Zoom, Duck The Fur, Spicey Tiger, Mingun Temple, Bipin, Proud Bajan, Walk On By, Bram Stoker and John Brian. None of them offered a challenge as Apostle galloped home with jockey Chris Husbands as a mere passenger along for the victory.

Stable jockey Jalon Samuel, in his quest for the jockeys’ championship, took over the lead from Anderson Trotman and is now leading by one win.

The third season continues next Saturday  with the second leg of the Diamond International Montblanc Challenge Series.

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Apostle looking to shake off rust

Apostle looking to shake off rust

Nation News | By Lindon Yarde | Wed, December 01, 2010 – 12:03 AM

The Diamonds International Challenge Series, now in its 12th year, promises to provide race fans with a sparkling day at the Garrison Savannah on Saturday.

One race that is sure to excite is the Diamonds International Montblanc Meisterstruck Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 0-140 over 1 800 metres.

Entered is crowd favourite, the Andrew Nunes-trained Apostle, with the top weight of 133 pounds.

The Apostle of old would be a firm favourite to demolish this field. However, he has had his share of problems, and will have to draw on all his experience, if not his class, to score what would be a welcomed win.

Apostle was victorious in his last outing, the T.A Tommy Peirce Memorial Handicap over 1 570 metres for horses rated 0-145, but has not won at this trip (1 800 metres) since January 30, and he is sure to find this field much tougher than his last opponents.

Andrew Nunes also trains the improving colt Mingun Temple, which seems incapable of doing anything wrong recently. The animal is seeking a fourth consecutive win as he attempts to land this prestigious event.

Mingun Temple announced himself as a major force by winning the Kirov Lady Handicap for horses rated 0-80, and followed up that win by taking the Kabul Handicap for horses rated 0-115. Both races were at 1 800 metres.

It is worth noting that the Diamonds International Mont Blanc is a step up in class, but with the light impost of 108 pounds, and on his upward curve, he must be respected and has an outstanding chance.

Anderson Ward-trained Show Me The Money has had a remarkable year, but was overshadowed when he suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Areyoutalkintome in the Barbados Thoroughbred Association Breeders’ Classic over 1 800 metres, and has this race to rebound and make amends with his customary sterling effort.

This year’s Derby runner-up Amanyara ran a very impressive race when finishing second in the Barbados Thoroughbred Association Breeders’ Classic.

Although tackling  more senior and seasoned opponents, she was undaunted and recorded her fourth second in as many starts.

Handicapped at 108 pounds, she is expected to be in the thick of things.

Bipin (119 pounds), Charge It (113), Walk On By (115), Spicey Tiger (119) and Zoom (108) complete the field. Though they have all performed well, those performances have been against lesser-rated opposition. They will all need to find more if they are to cause an upset.

John Brian and Duc De Fer have been off the track for some time, and might need the race in order to return to their best.

Race 1 is the Diamonds International Montblanc Doue Conditions race for two-year-olds, and in this contest Byhookorbycreek will be attempting to land his third win from four starts.

His main competition should come from Intact and Royal Spirit, both of whom ran as though they would prefer

Saturday’s longer trip than the 1 100 metres distance in their last outing

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