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Diamonds International & Montblanc Challenge Series Continues Saturday 11th December, 2010

“And they’re off!”  For anyone who attends the Saturday races at the Garrison Savannah, this is the familiar shout. Horse racing in Barbados is a passion shared by both locals and visitors and with so many exciting racing events on the calendar, one of the most anticipated is the Diamonds International (DI) Challenge Series for two year old West Indian horses. This series has been coined “The Series where champions are born” as it is has produced triple crown winners and even horse of the year.

Last year marked the tenth year Diamonds International sponsored this Series which not only supports the local breeding industry but provides an exciting and entertaining day at the races.  Their VIP lounge at the race is champagne and canapés, style and elegance and the finest in luxury with world renowned sponsor Mont Blanc.  The grand stands grounds are abuzz with fans and punters anxiously cheering on their favourite ride. What energy and excitement is a day at the races with Diamonds International.  This year Diamonds International & Mont Blanc will be at the races with their Challenge Series on December 4, December 11 & December 27.

So See You at The Diamonds International/Mont Blanc Challenge Series of Races!

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by Charlie Heath | Sunday, December 5, 2010

Race fans were treated to a fantastic day of racing last Saturday when the Diamonds International/ Montblanc race day was held at the Garrison.  The first of the five-race Diamond series to be run off at the Garrison, the third day of the Barbados Turf Club’s third racing season, was the Diamonds International/Montblanc Star Walker Gents Stakes & Trophy, for West India bred 2-year-olds, going 1000 metres.

First out of the gates was the Lord Michael Taylor, Andy Ward-trained pair of Must Be The Money and Vitality. After the first furlong, Vitality, with Kyle Carter in the saddle, opened a three-length lead on Jalon Samuel and Must Be The Money. But with a furlong to go, Samuel drew along side Vitality, by which time it had turned into a two-horse race. In the end, Vitality could not go with the fast finishing Must Be The Money, and had to settle for second. Miss Fay Browne’s, Sail On, trained by Victor Cheeseman, with Keveh Nicholls in the irons finished third. Fourth was Verizon.

The second feature, the Ladies division of the race was won by the Sir Charles Williams-bred and owned, Kendal Moon, trained by Andrew Nunes, with Anderson Trotman in the saddle. In this one, Kendal Moon was quickly into stride, and picked up the running along with the Ian Corbin-owned Foxy Baba, trained by Victor Chesseman, and ridden by Renaldo Cumberbatch. Close on their heels was Indian Soul.

As they reached the two furlong marker, Kendal Moon and Foxy Baba were going head to head, while Indian Soul was loosing ground to a fast finishing Fernandina, who was closing on the leaders. With less than a furlong to go the Roger Parravicino trained Fernandina, with Kyle Carter in the saddle, drew along side Kendal Moon as Foxy Baba was back-peddling. At the wire it was Kendal Moon, with Fernandina second, Foxy Baba third and The Milk Maid fourth.

The supporting feature saw the top class horses going 1800 metres in the Diamonds International/Montblanc Meisterstuck Handicap. Once again is his career, the Ellias Haloute & Sir Charles Williams – owned Apostle, showed why he has to be considered one of the best creoles to grace the Garrison Savannah.

The 6-year-old Apostle, bred by Dr.Alan Storey and Mr & Mrs A.S. Haloute, was asked by the handicappers to pick up the top weight of 133 pounds, and since stable jockey Anderson Trotman had elected to ride Mingun Temple, trainer Nunes, who trains both horse, but Apostle in the capable hands of young Chris Husbands. Husbands could not have ridden a better race, as he got the gelding to settle into the lead beautifully from the off, and slowed the pace to a crawl, while the Lord Michael Taylor owned Shoe Me the Money trained by Andy Ward, with inform jockey Jalon Samuel tracked.

With three furlongs to go, the Gay Smith owned Zoom, trained by Edward Walcott Jnr, and ridden by Dario Dalrymple, drew to within a half length of Apostle, while Show Me The Money was just a length back of them in third. Turning for home Husbands still had something in hand, and it was clear to see that even with the big weight of 133 pounds, and giving weight all around he was going to topple the top class once again. As they straightened up, Husbands set him loose and he easily galloped away from the field. Zoom held on for second, with Show Me The Money third, while Spicey Tiger finished fourth.

Apostle has now won 13 of his races, and earned $427,333 for his owners. Of the jockeys, Jalon Samuel was the only one to score twice, while trainer Andy Ward saddled three winners. Naz Issa and Andrew Nunes both saddled two winners. Race fans are enjoying the battle between Anderson Trotman and apprentice Jalon Samuel for the 2010 Jockey Title. Both riders are now locked on 32 wins.

Racing continues next Saturday, featuring the third and fourth Diamonds International races.

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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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Diamonds International/Montblanc Race Day

Diamonds International/Montblanc Race Day

The start of the eleventh series of the Diamonds International races takes place tomorrow Saturday December 4th 2010. Details of the series were outlined Wednesday December 1st 2010 by Simone Ward, Marketing Manager of Diamonds International. Ward said that Diamonds International was once again very pleased to be sponsoring the five race series, starting tomorrow with the first two races. She said that this year they have a new partner in Montblanc, who are noted for their pens and other accessories, and they have now moved into the watch industry.

The Marketing Manager said that over the years Diamonds International has

sponsored many other sporting events, and horse racing is no different from the others they

sponsor. She said with all the challenges, especially at this time with the economy as it is,

they are very happy to once again be able to sponsor the five race series.

Ward commended the breeders who keep turning out the horses, and those who purchase and

race them. She praised the outstanding 2-year olds this year saying that race fans are in for a

very exciting days racing.

Barbados Turf Club’s (BTC) Director, Luther Miller 111 J.P. thanked Diamonds International for their continuing support, and said he is happy to see they have introduced a new name in the mix, in Montblanc, as they have used different products in the past. The BTC Director also thanked the press for their part in getting the message over to the public.

Rosette Peirce, Secretary/CEO of the BTC told the Barbados Advocate that they are extremely grateful to Diamonds International for their very generous sponsorship. She said that it is pleasing to see that Montblanc how a new name to racing has joined with Diamonds International as a sponsor.

“Sponsorship is a very important part of the horse racing industry, and history shows that without it the Club would be hard pressed. With sponsors such as Diamonds International, it not only helps on the race days, but more importantly it helps with keeping the thousands that are directly and indirectly employed in the industry in a job,” said Peirce.

Peirce also stated that she was pleased with the attendance on the first two days of the third racing season after the damage done by Tomas, and is thankful to all those who attended. She accepts that because of the damage there is some inconvenience, and announced that there will once again be free admission tomorrow. The Secretary/CEO said that she is pleased with the entries for the eight race Diamonds International/Montblanc Race Day tomorrow, and anticipates that a large crowd will be on hand, as not only are the two feature Diamonds

International/ Mont Blanc 2-year-old races very competitive, but the other six are just as competitive. Charlie Heath | 3rd December, 2010

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Competitive racing tomorrow

The Barbados Advocate 12/3/2010

Race four tomorrow will be the start of the Diamonds International/Montblanc series of five races, when the two-year-old colts and geldings meet going 1 000 metres.

Jack is Back is the only winner in the field, having won on the first day. However, tomorrow could be an uphill task for this horse to be back in winner’s circle, as they are two very good maidens entered in this one who are capable of finishing first and second. They are the Lord Michael Taylor-owned, Andy Ward-trained pair of Must be in The Money and Vitality. Sail On is also a threat here as he finished second to Jack is Back.

Race six is the second in the series – the fillies division of the race – and this one could end up a straight fight between Kendal Moon Fernandina and The Milk Maid, who ran an improved race.

Another very exciting race should be the seventh on the card, the Diamonds International/ Montblanc Blac Meisterstock (Handicap) for three-year-olds and over, rated 0-140, going 1 800 metres.

Both Duc D Fer and John Brian return to racing after a long rest, and they come up on the likes of Creoles Apostle, Show Me The Money and the three-year-old filly, Amanyara. Then there is Bipin Walk On By and the very improved, American bred three-year-old Mingun Temple, who could prove to be the one they all have to beat.

Sponsors Diamonds International will be very pleased with the eight race card, as all but one race should see a full gate, where it is expected there will be 11 facing the starter.

A large crowd is expected to be at the Garrison to witness the day’s racing.

Advocate 12/03/10

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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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