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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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Graeme Hill wins feature Coolmore ‘Home of Champions’ Stakes & Trophy

Kyle Carter pilots Graeme Hill (left) to victory in the Coolmore ‘Home of Champions’ Stakes & Trophy, for 3-year-olds and over, rated 140 and below.

Barbados Advocate | Charlie Heath | 1/29/2012

THE Bill and Hayley Blevin-owned four-year-old chestnut colt, Graeme Hill, upset them all in the feature Coolmore “Home of Champions” Stakes & Trophy, for 3-year-olds and over, rated 140 and below, going 1800 metres, yesterday at the Garrison Savannah, the third day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season.

The Jonathan Simpson-trained colt was kept off the early pace set by Captain Sully, Little Man Arran, and Kingdora.

With five furlongs to go, Kyle Carter on Graeme Hill could see the whole field in front of him.

At the three-furlong marker, Little Man Arran and Giovedi, stable companions of Graeme Hill, moved to the lead.

With two furlongs to go, Graeme Hill was breathing down their necks, and as they straightened up he picked up the running to go on to an easy victory. Reshawn Latchman on Giovedi finished second, giving owners Bill and Hayley Blevin, and trainer Jonathan Simpson, a one-two finish.

Indanger, owned by Daniel & Martin Raizman, trained by Roger Parravicino, and ridden by Antonio Bishop, was third. Little Man Arran held on for fourth.

The supporting feature, the Diamonds International/Montblanc Challenge Sprint Trophy (Handicap), for 4-year-olds and over, rated 100 & below, sprinting 1100 metres, was won by the Boston John-trained Janaki, owned by the Estate of Yusuf Mongroo, and ridden by Kenny John.

John had Janaki on the pace from the start, along with Dessert Orchid, Vitality, and Dark Night.

Turning for home, John asked Janaki for an effort and he immediately responded by going on to win. The Lord Michael Taylor-owned Run Alke Run, trained by Andy Ward, with Kyle Carter in the irons, ran on strongly to finish second. Third was Run Alke Run’s stable companion, Istanbul, with Rico Walcott. Fourth was Greeley Gone West.
Reshawn Latchman and Kyle Carter both won two races on the day’s card.

No trainer saddled more than one winner on the day.

Racing continues on Saturday, February 11. (CH)

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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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Kendal Moon shows her class

 

Kendal Moon showed she is pure class in winning yesterday’s feature Diamonds International/Montblanc Meisterstuck (Handicap) at the Garrison Savannah. Jockey Jonathan Grant was in the saddle for the winning ride and the pair are seen here in front of the grand stand after the race with trainer Andrew Nunes (second right) and a supporter.

Charlie Heath | 1/3/2012 | Barbados Advocate

The Sir Charles Williams owned and bred 4-year-old bay filly, Kendal Moon, showed what a classy filly she is, when she won yesterday’s feature Diamonds International/Montblanc Meisterstuck (Handicap) at the Garrison Savannah.

The Andrew Nunes trained filly, last year won the last two jewels of the triple crown, the Midsummer Classic and the United Insurance Barbados Derby. Racing against the older horses yesterday at the Garrison Savannah, on the first day of the Barbados Turf Clubs first racing season, she showed that she will be a force to be reckoned with as a 4-year-old.

Leaving the gate, Jonathan Grant was content to keep Kendal Moon, just off the torrid pace being set by Preach To Me, Charge It, and Indanger. It was not until approaching the two furlong marker that Grant asked the filly to get closer to the leaders, and by the time they straightened up for home, the filly quickened beautifully, to go on and win from the Daniel & Martin Reizman owned, Roger Parravicino trained, Indanger, with Antonio Bishop in the irons. It was also a great run from the 5-year-old Indanger, as he was on the pace from the off. Third was the Christopher Gibbs owned Ring Time, who was out paced early, and came with a late run from way off the pace, with Antonio Whitehall. Fusaichi Ridge finished fourth.

The Diamonds International/Montblanc Tribute (Condition Race) for West Indian Bred 2-year-olds, (At the time of entry), going 1100 metres, was won by Finbar, owned by Jerry Alleyne, trained by Ken Stanton, and ridden by Antonio Bishop. Finbar, was the only horse in the race that had faced the starter before. He broke from the gate smartly, and did exactly what was expected of him, and that was to improve his position. He ran out an easy winner, and showed that he will be one to watch in the future. The Aysha Syndicate owned, Iamsogroovy, trained by Stephen Bynoe, and ridden by Reshawn Latchman, ran on well to finish second, while the Lord Michael Taylor owned, Verden, trained by Andy Ward and ridden by Paul Eddery was third, with Water Moon fourth.

The 2-year-olds of 2011 Sales Graduates Futurity (Condition Race), for Barbados Bred 2-year-olds (At time of Entry) going 1100 metres, was won by the Lord Michael Taylor owned, Andy Ward trained Verkauf, bred by Bruce Bailey.

Paul Eddery wasted no time in putting Verkauf to the front, and as hard as Kyle Carter, on the Raphael Green, Victor Cheeseman trained Capere tried, there was no catching Verkauf, and Capere had to settle for second. The Lady Williams owned, Gorgeous, trained by Andrew Nunes with Jonathan Grant in the saddle was third, and Mudlark finished fourth.

Jalon Samuel was the only jockey to land two winners on the card.

Racing continues on Errol Barrow Day, Saturday January 21. (CH)

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TWO DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL/MONT BLANC FEATURE RACES ON MONDAY

Pictured “Show me the money winner Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, Dec 26th, 2011

Charlie Heath | Sunday 1st January, 2012 | Barbados Advocate

The Barbados Turf Club will be starting the first racing season of 2012, on Monday, January 2, with an eight race card that includes two feature races sponsored by Diamond International/ MontBlanc.

The first to be run is the Diamonds International/ MontBlanc Tribute (Condition Race) for West Indian bred 3-year-old Maidens (At time of entry), going 1570 metres.

This race has attracted 19 horses, of which three are scratched, leaving the race over subscribed at time of declaration by four.

What makes this race very interesting is the fact that most of the horses have not yet raced, and those that have showed little or no form,which means that the winner could come from one of those that have not yet raced, and punters could end up collecting some very good dividends.

Of those that have raced Finbar showed the most promise.

The second feature is the Diamonds International/ MontBlanc Meisterstuck (Handicap) for 3-year-olds & older rated 88-110 (At time of entry) (Also open to 3-year-old & older horses rated 87 and below) (At time of entry).

What a race this should be! Again this race is over subscribed, as 16 horse are declared to start, which means they are four reserves. The top weight of 130 pounds is allotted to Ring Time, while Purr Class takes 128, Charge It 125, and Kingdora 124 pounds. Also entered is the 2011 Derby winner Kendal Moon, who has the light weight of 109 pounds.

This is a superfecta betting race, and the lucky punters that can get the correct combination, could well find themselves collecting a very good dividend.  (CH)

Racing gets underway at 1.00 pm on the day.

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Racing season kicks off Monday

Racing season kicks off Monday


By Lindon Yarde | Fri, December 30, 2011 | nationnews.com

The Barbados Turf Club starts its 2012 programme with the II Diamonds International MontBlanc race day, on Monday at the Garrison Savannah with eight races from 1 p.m.

Race 2, the Diamonds International/MontBlanc Night Flight Handicap over 1 570 metres for three-year-old and older horses rated 33-55, and also open to horses rated 32 and below, looks a crackerjack in the making. Of the 16 horses entered, no fewer than four have visited winners’ enclosure in their last efforts.

King Of The Jungle, now set to carry 124 pounds, took the Diamonds International Gift Handicap (Division-B); Jusanotheropinion, taking 125 pounds, secured his win in Division-A; Johnny Sad Boy, sharing top weight of 130 with Just Jiving, scorched a field of 12 horses rated 30-55 in the Thady Quill Handicap over 1 000 metres, while Between The Sheik, who will shoulder 125 pounds, got his second career win taking the Diamonds International/Safi Kilima Handicap for his new trainer Naz Issa.

With all the above winners now peaking or getting near their best form, it should be difficult for the likes of Uncle Jerry, who will shoulder 125 pounds, Proud Bajan (124) pounds, who is back after a layoff, Irish Thunder (127), also in good form and Uneverno, who is down to carry 123 pounds, all of whom are capable of pulling it off.

Diamonds International/Crown Of Light Handicap, over 1 100 metres, for three-year-old and older horses rated 35-60, and also open to horses 34 and below, looks pretty straightforward.

Aysha Syndicate-owned Time D’or not only finds himself sharing the heavy weight of 133 pounds with Whataline, but down in the bottom cellar ratings. He should represent his connections very well here. He should, however, expect a tough time from his more youthful opponents.

Spellbound, drawn against the rail, should make her presence felt especially after her last effort going the trip when she was a gutsy second behind the winner Glistening in the Diamonds International/Safi Kilima event for horses rated 25-50 over 1 100 metres.

Whataline, Just Dance (124) and Fernandina (128) have all secured top four positions in their last runs. Domineering, handicapped at 130 pounds, lost his maiden tag by easily defeating West Indian maidens in the Diamonds International/Galleria condition race over 1 100 metres.

Sweet Enough has been given every opportunity in her last couple of efforts and has always seems to come up short; she should be given one more chance.

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Zoom looking for repeat victory on Boxing Day

12/25/2011 | Charlie Heath | Barbados Advocate
The Gay Smith-owned Zoom, who won the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup earlier this year, is looking to repeat that performance on Boxing Day in the feature Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy for three-year-olds and over, going 1 570 metres. John Brian, Daga and Fusaichi Ridge could be dangers.

The Diamonds International/ Montblanc Challenge Stakes & Trophy, for West Indian Bred two-year-olds, going 1570 metres, looks like it could end in a very exciting finish.

Aston Martin, a winner over 1 100 metres, was beaten last time out over 1 570 metres by Dipitinmoney and Roars. However, if held up and brought with a run, he is very capable of
winning. His dangers could be Dipitinmoney, Roars and Something Happenin.

The supporting feature on the card is the Boxing Day International Trophy (Condition Race) for two-year-olds with preference given to non-West Indian bred, going 1 570 metres.

This could be a straight battle between Indian Officer and Discreetwon.

One of the features of the day is the battle for the 2011 Jockey Title. Anderson Trotman and Jalon Samuel, two of the best jockeys riding at the Garrison, are now locked on 31 wins each, with Trotman holding the edge with 25 seconds to Samuel’s 17.

Last year Samuel won the title and will be out to do the same this year, while Trotman will be doing his best to wrestle it for him. Post time for the first race is 12 p.m. (CH)

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Wide open race in main event

Extra pounds and fitness concerns may mitigate the chances of Show Me The Money. (FP)

By Lindon Yarde | Mon, December 26, 2011| www.nationnews.com

It is the day after Christmas and the Victor Chandler Stakes and Trophy for three-year-olds and older over 1 570 metres appears a wide open affair today at the Garrison Savannah.

This race which attracts the most attention after the Gold Cup and the Derby is seen as a precursor to the pattern event to come the first Saturday in March.

Zoom and John Brian are the only horses to have won during this third season.

Zoom returned to winning ways after a little slump with a workmanlike victory in the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Breeders Classic for Barbados-bred horses over 1 800 metres. That being a much softer field, his connections could relish their chances here as Zoom meets all and sundry at a more favourable weight.

John Brian made a welcome return to the winner’s circle when he took the Queen’s Plate Handicap over 1 800 metres. The Sir David Seale-owned horse dead-heated in this race with Areyoutalkintome in the 2009 edition and has a good record in this event. However, he is now up 14 pounds today and that could be the deciding factor for him.

Mingun Temple is back to defend his crown. After an eight-month layoff he ran well last effort but could very well be still in need of this run. Show Me The Money has been in good form like most during the second season. His last attempt at this trip resulted in a hard-fought victory in the T.A. “Tommy” Peirce Memorial Stakes And Trophy.

There is some concern over his fitness as he had been entered twice and was withdrawn. Added to that, he now goes up nine pounds on his last effort – two crucial mitigating factors for his chances.

Stable mate Daga had her winning streak snapped when John Brian inflicted corporal punishment in the Queen’s Plate field.

But once you throw out that last effort she still has room to improve and should give another good account against these more hardened horses.

Purr Class has competed most of her career at the shorter trip of 1 570 metres and on the odd occasions that she has been stretched out, she has acquitted herself well, finishing second and third behind Indanger and Bouncebak.

Fusaichi Ridge has certainly caught the eye with three very good performances. It seems every time this three-year old maiden filly goes up in class she features prominently.

The Aysha Syndicate-owned filly has three second-place finishes on the trot against horses rated 58-80, 68-90 and then 98-120. She has shown the ability, seems to have a big heart while very much improved. She also carries her stable’s best chance.

Bipin has now strung together two ordinary performances in his latest efforts. He was fourth in this event last year and even the likelihood of a place position would be welcome.

Lil Man Arran and Graeme Hill, both from the Jonathon Simpson stables, are improving three-year-olds with a good future ahead of them. Bird Watch and Charge It complete the field. These veterans have been scarce through the year and look best left alone.

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Wide open race in main event

Extra pounds and fitness concerns may mitigate the chances of Show Me The Money. (FP)

By Lindon Yarde | Mon, December 26, 2011 | nationnews.com

It is the day after Christmas and the Victor Chandler Stakes and Trophy for three-year-olds and older over 1 570 metres appears a wide open affair today at the Garrison Savannah.

This race which attracts the most attention after the Gold Cup and the Derby is seen as a precursor to the pattern event to come the first Saturday in March.

Zoom and John Brian are the only horses to have won during this third season.

Zoom returned to winning ways after a little slump with a workmanlike victory in the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Breeders Classic for Barbados-bred horses over 1 800 metres. That being a much softer field, his connections could relish their chances here as Zoom meets all and sundry at a more favourable weight.

John Brian made a welcome return to the winner’s circle when he took the Queen’s Plate Handicap over 1 800 metres. The Sir David Seale-owned horse dead-heated in this race with Areyoutalkintome in the 2009 edition and has a good record in this event. However, he is now up 14 pounds today and that could be the deciding factor for him.

Mingun Temple is back to defend his crown. After an eight-month layoff he ran well last effort but could very well be still in need of this run. Show Me The Money has been in good form like most during the second season. His last attempt at this trip resulted in a hard-fought victory in the T.A. “Tommy” Peirce Memorial Stakes And Trophy.

There is some concern over his fitness as he had been entered twice and was withdrawn. Added to that, he now goes up nine pounds on his last effort – two crucial mitigating factors for his chances.

Stable mate Daga had her winning streak snapped when John Brian inflicted corporal punishment in the Queen’s Plate field.

But once you throw out that last effort she still has room to improve and should give another good account against these more hardened horses.

Purr Class has competed most of her career at the shorter trip of 1 570 metres and on the odd occasions that she has been stretched out, she has acquitted herself well, finishing second and third behind Indanger and Bouncebak.

Fusaichi Ridge has certainly caught the eye with three very good performances. It seems every time this three-year old maiden filly goes up in class she features prominently.

The Aysha Syndicate-owned filly has three second-place finishes on the trot against horses rated 58-80, 68-90 and then 98-120. She has shown the ability, seems to have a big heart while very much improved. She also carries her stable’s best chance.

Bipin has now strung together two ordinary performances in his latest efforts. He was fourth in this event last year and even the likelihood of a place position would be welcome.

Lil Man Arran and Graeme Hill, both from the Jonathon Simpson stables, are improving three-year-olds with a good future ahead of them. Bird Watch and Charge It complete the field. These veterans have been scarce through the year and look best left alone.

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