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DIAMONDS INT/MONTBLANC STAKES & TROPHY VERY COMPETITIVE

Charlie Heath | Friday 23rd December, 2011 | Barbados Advocate

The Diamonds International/Montblanc Challenge Stakes & Trophy for West Indian bred 2-year-olds, going 1570 metres, is one of the most competitive races on the Barbados Turf Club’s 10 race card on Boxing Day.

Ten of the best 2-year-olds in training are down to face starter Mark Batson. Dipitinmoney, is coming off of two straight wins, of which both are over 1570 metres, so she could start as the one favoured to win.

Rickoshey, is a good looker, and in only his second start last time out he won, and has to be considered.

Something Happenin, shocked all at the Garrison Savannah on 19 November, when she won first time out at odds of 58/1. She finished as though the 1570 metres should not trouble her.

Aston Martin, is a handsome colt, that is yet to win, finishing second to Dipitinmoney last time out. Should this fellow be held up, and given anything near a good ride, he could be very difficult to beat.

Secret Of Success is a winner, while Roars, Southern Lights, Divine Destiny, and Capere are all capable contenders. (CH)

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TEN RACE CARD FOR MONDAY, 26 DECEMBER

Charlie Heath | Thursday 22nd December, 2011 | Barbados Advocate

The Barbados Turf Club has a 10 race card scheduled for Monday, 26 December (Boxing Day), with three very lucrative feature races,including the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, and the Diamonds International/Montblanc Challenge Series Stakes & Trophy.

At a press conference held at the Incitatus Members Lounge, the Grandstand, Garrison on Tuesday, Barbados Turf Club (BTC) Director, Luther Miller 111 JP, thanked Diamonds International/ Mont Blanc for their continued sponsorship of their series of races.

The BTC Director, also took the opportunity to thank Mr & Mrs Michael Tabour for their continued and generous contribution of $50,000 and a Trophy to the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy.

The first of the three feature races to be run, is the Boxing Day International Trophy (Condition Race) for 2-year-olds, going1570 meters,carrying a purse of $30,000.

This race has attracted seven United States bred horses. Indian Officer is allotted the top weight of 123 pounds, while A.P. Vincero, Intrepid Dancer and Discreetwon take 116.

This is followed by the Diamonds/International/Montblanc Challenge Series Stakes & Trophy, for West Indian Bred 2-year-olds, going 1570 metres, carrying a purse of $40,000.

A full gate of 12 horses are entered here, including, Something Happenin, Roars, Rickoshey, Dipitinmoney, and Aston Martin. Colts & Geldings take 123 pounds and Fillies 118.

The final feature on the day is the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, for 3-year-olds and over, going 1570 metres, with a purse of $50,000.  This one is over subscribed, as 13 horses have taken entry, which means there is one reserve, which is the creole Istanbul.

Seven horses will take the top weight of 128 pounds, and they are Zoom, Bipin, Show Me The Money, Bird Watch, John Brian, Mingun Temple, and Charge It. (CH)

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Ten Race Card for Boxing Day

12/22/2011 | Charlie Heath | Barbados Advocate

The Barbados Turf Club has a 10 race card scheduled for Monday, 26 December (Boxing Day), with three very lucrative feature races, including the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, and the Diamonds International/MontBlanc Challenge Series Stakes & Trophy.

At a press conference held at the Incitatus Members Lounge, the Grandstand, Garrison on Tuesday, Barbados Turf Club (BTC) Director, Luther Miller 111 JP, thanked Diamonds International/ MontBlanc for their continued sponsorship of their series of races.

The BTC Director also took the opportunity to thank Mr & Mrs Michael Tabour for their continued and generous contribution of $50,000 and a Trophy to the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy.

The first of the three feature races to be run, is the Boxing Day International Trophy (Condition Race) for 2-year-olds, going 1570 metres, carrying a purse of $30,000. This race has attracted seven United States bred horses. Indian Officer is allotted the top weight of 123 pounds, while A.P. Vincero, Intrepid Dancer and Discreetwon take 116.

This is followed by the Diamonds International/MontBlanc Challenge Series Stakes & Trophy, for West Indian Bred 2-year-olds, going 1570 metres, carrying a purse of $40,000.

A full gate of 12 horses are entered here, including, Something’s Happenin, Roars, Rickoshey, Dipitinmoney, and Aston Martin. Colts & Geldings take 123 pounds and Fillies 118.

The final feature on the day is the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, for 3-year-olds and over, going 1570 metres, with a purse of $50,000. This one is over subscribed, as 13 horses have taken entry, which means there is one reserve, which is the creole Istanbul.

Seven horses will take the top weight of 128 pounds, and they are Zoom, Bipin, Show Me The Money, Bird Watch, John Brian, Mingun Temple, and Charge It. (CH)

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A two-horse race

www.nationnew.com By LINDON YARDE | Thu, February 10, 2011

The Rotherley Construction Inc./ Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Sales Graduates Stakes is one race to look forward to on the fourth day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season for 2011 at the Garrison on Saturday.

In this 1 100-metre event for West Indian-bred three-year-old colts and geldings, previous winners will take 123 pounds, and maidens will go to post with 116 pounds.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned and Anderson Ward-trained pair of Vitality and Must Be The Money, drawn in positions one and two respectively, looks hard to separate.

Vitality is seeking a hat-trick of wins after scoring victories in the Diamonds International Mont Blanc Doue Conditions Race (Division A) over 1 570 metres; and the Guardian General Flexi Motor Insurance Conditions Race over 1 000 metres.

On those performances, Vitality will prove difficult to beat from this draw, and at the distance.

Must Be The Money, winner of the Diamonds International Mont Blanc Star Walker Gents Stakes & Trophy over 1 000 metres – in which Vitality was second – will once again seek to outdo Vitality.

However, it will take a bigger effort this time around.

Monumental task

The other winner in this field, Jack Is Back, owned by the Faraway Stables, will have it all to do from the outside post, which looks a monumental task for him.

While he has remained consistent, he still looks to have some making up to match the celebrated duo mentioned above.

The Jonathan Simpson-owned Whatadeal is nicely coming to hand, along with Dunwiddat, owned by Elias Haloute.

These two could battle it out for the minor ends of the purse.

The card has attracted 103 entrants in total and starts at 1:15 p.m.

Another top-class supporting race is the fillies’ edition of the Rotherley Construction Inc./ Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association  Sales Graduates Stakes for West Indian-bred three-year-old fillies over 1 100 metres.

Conditions here are the same as for the colts and geldings where weights are concerned.

The Sir Charles Williams-owned Slip Stream will be out for revenge, having suffered a heavy defeat in the Diamonds International Mont Blanc Bonus Challenge Stakes & Trophy over 1 570 metres, at the hands of the resilient Istanbul.

Slip Stream returns to a distance many believe is the one she is most comfortable at.

Her four victories from six starts are better than the cumulative efforts of the rest of the field in this category.

All things considered, she looks very much a certainty.

Ian Corbin’s Foxy Baba got a workmanlike victory in the Eustace “Tinnings” Jordan Memorial Conditions Race (Division B) over 1 100 metres; but she will find some in this event of a different class and might be hard pressed to match strides.

Relaxed style

Though speedy, she will want to avoid a duel with Slip Stream.

The other horse to have visited the winners’ enclosure is Lord Michael Taylor-owned Reprise, who defeated a field of 12 starters in the 111 Diamonds International MontBlanc Doue (Division B) conditions race over 1 570 metres.

She has improved, but might find this race a little on the short side for her more relaxed style, and could come running after the winner is long gone.

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JALON SAMUEL STEALS THE SHOW AT THIS YEAR’S FINAL RACE DAY

JALON SAMUEL STEALS THE SHOW AT THIS YEAR’S FINAL RACE DAY

December 28, 2010 by Charlie Health

The Barbados Turf Club could not have hoped for a better days racing to bring down the curtains on the 2010 season. There were many things factored in to make it a day to remember, starting with the West Indian bred 2-year-old fillies battling against the colts and gelding, going 1570 metres, in the final of the Diamonds International/ Montblanc Bonus Challenge Stakes & Trophy.

The flying filly Slip Stream, who dominated the sprint distances was going 1570 metres for the first time, and the question to be answered was if she could get the distance, especially against such colts as Istambul, Island Memories and Must Be In The Money.

Then there was the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, going 1570, where the best of the creoles were coming up against the imported horses. In addition, the Jockey Title for the year was up for grabs with Anderson Trotman going into the day on 34 wins, one ahead of apprentice Jalon Samuel, who was on 33. The two were also in a battle for the title for the season, as they were both locked on seven wins.

Added to this was the battle for the 2010 Trainers Title. Naz Issa went into the day with his horses earning $462,399 while Andrew Nunes was close on his heels with earnings of $442,677, a lead of $19,722, and for Nunes to win, he would have to saddle the winner of the lucrative Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy.

Still another battle was on between the trainers for the title of the season, this time between Anderson Ward who only this year hung up his boots, and took out a trainers license, and the seasoned Andrew Nunes. Ward was going in with a $38,927 lead over Nunes. For the trainers title by wins, Ward was going in with eight wins, and Nunes with seven.

There was also a carryover superfecta of $3,500 going into race eight, and a carryover of $1,500 in the days pick 4 wager. Who could ask for more?

The first feature run off was the Diamonds International/ Montblanc Bonus Challenge Stakes and Trophy, and it was the Sir Charles Williams speedy filly Slip Stream, trained by Andrew Nunes and ridden by Anderson Trotman who tried to make all the running, but Jalon Samuel on the Lord Michael Taylor owned, Must Be In The Money, would not give her any breathing room, and kept on her heels. Turning for home she started to feel the pressure and began to back pedal, while Must Be In Te Money was also starting to come up short, and at the same time the Lord Michael Taylor, Andy Ward trained pair of Istanbul, and Island Memories with Kyle Carter and Renaldo Cumberbatch were in full flight and they went on to finish first and second respectively. Must Be In The Money held on for third, giving Lord Michael Taylor and Any Ward a one-two-three finish, while Jack Is Back finished fourth.

In the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, Apostle and Areutalkiintome were out of the gates quickly, but were immediately joined by Charge It.

These three contested the lead until Anderson Trotman on the Amanda Marshall-Way & Helen Spencer owned Mingun Temple, trained by Andrew Nunes, came from off the pace to pick up the running, and go on to a very easy victory. The Gay Smith owned, Zoom, trained by Edward Walcott Jnr, and ridden by Renaldo Cumberbatch, ran a beauty of a race to take second place. The Sir David Seale owned John Brian, trained by Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Deane, and ridden by Ricky Walcott, came from a long was back to finish third, while Bipin was fourth.

However, the day belonged to apprentice jockey Jalon Samuel, who only two months ago turned seventeen. He rode with the confidence and skill of a jockey much older than his age. He landed four winners on the day, starting in race two when winning on Vitality, he then won the third race with Reprise, and followed that up by winning the next race on Daga, and he then put the icing on the cake by winning race eight on Zaltarr, which gave have not only the jockey title of the year, but also the apprentice title of the year. Added to that he also ended up winning the jockey title of the season.

Only two years ago Samuel was issued an apprentice license, and already he is left with only one win to become a full jockey. Trainer Andrew Nunes looking for his first trainers title in Barbados, came up big time, when winning with Mingun Temple, as it was that win that put him ahead of Naz Issa, and gave him the 2010 Trainers Title.

Trainer Andy Ward not only had a good day yesterday, saddling four winners, but he also had an outstanding season winning both the trainers title by wins, and by earnings for the third season.

Lord Michael Taylor also had an outstanding day yesterday, winning four races, and ended up as Champion Owner for 2010.

Sir Charles Williams easily took the title as Champion Breeder, as he ended the year way ahead of any of the other breeders.

The 2011 season gets underway on Saturday January 8.

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Exciting racing on card today

By Lindon Yarde | Mon, December 27, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OUTSTANDING RACE CARD FOR MONDAY, 27 DECEMBER

By Charlie Heath | Monday 27 December, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tough field for Mont Blanc

By Lindon Yarde | Fri, December 24, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Picks

Race 1: Local Speed

Race 2: Vitality

Race 3: Fernandina

Race 4: Byhookorbycreek

Race 5: Slip Stream

Race 6: Run Alke Run

Race 7: Areyoutalkintome

Race 8: Super Dancer

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BREEDER/OWNER SIR CHARLES WILLIAMS DOMINATES DAY’S RACING

by Charlie Heath | December 12, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE STORY OF THE KING WHO LOVED HORSE RACING

THE STORY OF THE KING WHO LOVED HORSE RACING

THE STORY OF THE KING WHO LOVED HORSE RACING

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

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

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

Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph

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

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

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

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

Reference #: 104705

Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph – Open Date

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

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