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Victory for Vincero

Anderson Trotman and A.P. Vincero taking Race 6 from Jalon Samuel and Shared Adventure. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Sun, February 12, 2012

A.P. Vincero, confidently ridden by jockey Anderson Trotman, won yesterday’s feature race at the Garrison Savannah for owners Luther G. Miller III and wife Suzan Miller.

On the Rotherley Construction Inc.-sponsored race card, the Victor Cheeseman-trained colt turned back the two favourites, Shared Adventure with Jalon Samuel up and Indian Officer with Reshaun Latchman, who finished in that order.

A.P. Vincero, who was winning for the first time, joined the early leader Shared Adventure at the two-furlong marker to contest the lead.

Entering the home turn, A.P. Vincero, the recipient of seven pounds, won the battle easily. Late Bid under Jonathon Grant took fourth position.

Before another good crowd, several horses nominated for the three big races next race day held centre stage, and in the good conditions, Blue Diamond Stables made the most of the last chance to get their charges ready.

Owner Lord Michael Taylor and champion trainer Anderson Ward were the toast of the Savannah with three victories, including two one-two finishes in the supporting features.

Island Memories, brilliantly ridden by Reshaun Latchman and Captain Sully, ridden by Jalon Samuel, were the first two home in the Rotherley Holdings Inc. Challenge Trophy Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 88-110 and also open to horses rated 87 and below over 1 800 metres.

After battling early with Captain Sully, the much talked about Dancin David finished out of the money, as Dance The Distance under Antonio Whitehall and Silk N Satin ridden by Antonio Bishop ran past him to collect the third and fourth spots.

Gold Cup selectee Dancin David set the early pace but came under severe pressure at the three-furlong marker before packing it in. Island Memories, who came from one before last, stopped the clocked in a laboured 1:54.3.

Two races later in the speed fest, the white with royal blue diamond colours with royal blue sleeves and scarlet cap proved invincible again, with Vitality under Kyle Carter and Run Alke Run partnered by Chris Husbands.

The pair finished one-two in Race 7 – the Rotherley Construction Inc. Sprint Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 115-140 and also open to horses rated 114 and below over 1 100 metres.

Run Alke Run stormed to the lead from Vitality, Istanbul, Greeley Gone West, Erados and Janaki. The order remained unchanged as the speedsters put their feet to the ground, making it difficult for would-be closers.

Run Alke Run brought the field into the homestretch looking all over a winner. However, Carter produced Vitality on the outside and with nerves of steel, guided the son of Zwick out of Vital Statistix home without breaking a sweat.

The Blue Diamond Stable’s other winner was Must Be The Money, smartly ridden by Patrick Husbands in the opening event the Vuemont Trophy Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 53-75 and also open to horses rated 52 and below over 1 800 metres.

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Bright Moon

www.nationnews.com | Sun, August 14, 2011

The sun was yet to set, but the moon came out in all its brilliance early at the Garrison Savannah yesterday.

Kendal Moon, that is.

And now, veteran horse owner Sir Charles Williams is basking in the glory of yet another United Insurance Derby victory.

Kendal Moon, brilliantly ridden by champion jockey Anderson Trotman, finished strong down the straight and just got up at the pole to beat Sail On, with Paul Leacock aboard, by a neck in one of the more exciting derbies in recent years.

Here, Kendal Moon being paraded in front of the Grandstand by Sir Charles (right) and Lady Williams after his impressive victory yesterday. (HW)


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Zoom to battle ‘Bounce’


Former Gold Cup winner Zoom will be looking to get back to winning ways. (FP)

nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Fri, May 13, 2011

Life in the fast lane returns to the Garrison Savannah tomorrow when the Barbados Turf Club (BTC) stages the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company Raceday.

The nine-race card, which is set to begin at 1:15 p.m., leads off the BTC’s second racing season.

Although the imported three-year-olds will take centre stage, there are some other very interesting races carded.

The top-rated horses always create a stir and this year’s Lost In The Fog Trophy handicap for three-year-olds and older rated 115-140 and open to horses rated 114 and below over 1 100 metres promises to be no exception.

The Gay Smith-owned Zoom, winner of this year’s Gold Cup, is down to carry the top weight of 133 pounds.

Zoom has recorded two wins and two seconds from his last four runs at distances ranging from 1 570 to 2 000 metres. In his last effort at this trip he just failed to catch Janaki in the Zouk handicap for horses rated 0-105. He will be putting in his best work at the end.

Bouncebak carries 128 pounds and the sublime form of three consecutive victories. Like Zoom, her wins were from distances of 1 570 to 2 000 metres.

Based on weight and form she must have an excellent chance.

The other two entered in this nine-horse field with a shot at winning are Who’s To Say and Purr Class.

The Aysha Syndicate-owned Who’s To Say is handicapped at 121.

He has beaten the top-rated sprinters this year, winning the Green Man handicap over 1 100 metres.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned filly Purr Class with 120 pounds could show the importance of younger legs.

In the Silver Charm Trophy handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 78-100 and also open to horses rated 77 and below over 1 570 metres, the Sir David Seale-owned Reward Me takes 130 pounds.

Unplaced in the Gold Cup, the Stephen Bynoe-trained colt should find this field much to his liking despite the heavy impost.

The Christopher Gibbs-owned Ring Time has been very consistent handicapped at 127 pounds he’s expected to give another good account here.

Indanger, owned by Messrs Daniel and Martin Raizman, is handicapped at 124 pounds and will be making a much anticipated return to the track after battling injury. He was the top leading two- and three-year-old before his setback. He will need some time, but his progress should be closely monitored.

Another event race fans will want to pay close attention to is the Ginger Punch Trophy handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 58-80 and open to horses rated 57 and below over 1 570 metres.

Former Gold Cup winner Pure Temptation, owned by Lord Michael Taylor, is handicapped at 130 pounds.

He is long overdue a trip to the winner’s enclosure. Now at his lowest rating of 77, he will want to prove his true ability exceeds his current form.

His main opposition could come from the Lady Williams-owned Grace Chapel handicapped at 123 pounds; she also has Gold Cup experience and has shown modest form.

The Aysha Syndicate-owned Who’s Staying takes 119 pounds and has shown top form recently with back-to-back wins. He will find, however, that this field is filled with tougher and more seasonal competitors.

Of very significant interest is the entry of the Sir Charles Williams-owned three-year-old Kendal Moon. She is handicapped at 116 pounds and considered a top contender for this year’s classics, and it will be interesting to see how she fares in this company.

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3-year-olds take Garrison spotlight

By Lindon Yarde | Sat, April 02, 2011 | www.nationnews.com

Barbadian-bred three-year-olds take centre stage at the Garrison Savannah today when they clash in the feature – the Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopeful Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy over 1 570 metres.

The Realtors Limited-sponsored race day will see the colts and geldings carrying 126 pounds, while the fillies take 121 pounds.

Race seven on the card promises to be action-packed and should be a nail-biter.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned and Anderson Ward trained trio of Island Memories, Vitality and Istanbul will be seeking the top three positions for the barn. This trio have already proven themselves at this distance.

Partnered by budding apprentice Kyle Carter, Istanbul, with a never-say-die attitude, seeks to make it four wins on the trot.

His peers suffered at the tape in the Diamonds International MontBlanc Bonus Challenge Stakes and Trophy and the Guardian General Insurance Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy, both races over 1 570 metres.

With career statistics of five wins from nine starts, he will prove a tough nut to crack.

Stablemate  Vitality  is also after a four timer. his main accomplishment to date is his maiden victory in the III Diamonds International Mont Blanc Doue Condition Race Division A over 1 570 metres. Blue Diamonds Stables go to rider Jalon Samuel on the impressive colt, which will make this race even more interesting.

Jason Leacock jumps aboard Island Memories, winner of William Bill Marshall Memorial two-year-old Creole Classic Stakes and Trophy  over 1 570 metres last time out. Island Memories has gotten the better of the exchanges with Vitality but has been on the receiving end from Istanbul.

He will have to improve to get the victory.  The eventual winner from these three could come down to who gets the better ride.

Jane Girls-owned Cinnamon Jane recorded an impressive victory in the Treehouse Club Trophy handicap division B over 1 100 metres. The daughter of Gold Cup winner Thady Quill is bred to go the distance and should not be left out.

Joycies Boys-owned filly Nile Queen made light work of her opponents in the Eustace “Tinnings” Jordan Memorial condition race over 1 100 metres. She will however be required to find more if she’s to get the victory for the Kendal stables.

Danehill Racing-owned Lune De Barachois is also a worthy contender for this race. Her best performance at this trip to date was a third place finish behind Island Memories and Vitality in the William “Bill” Marshall Memorial two-year-old Creole Classic Stakes and Trophy.

After several tries, Francis Cozier-owned Victoria Belle is still a maiden. This company may prove to be a bit challenging for her. Gay Smith-owned Angelic Peace is still learning the game and looks in deep water here.

Little is known of the Aysha Syndicate’s Captain Apache.

This bay colt by Captain Charlie failed to impress in his only outing on Boxing Day. Therefore it will take divine intervention as he tries to go from cottage to castle against this well tuned company.

My Picks:

1: Boo

2: Bond Street

3: Lady Patrick

4: Double Dagger

5: Slip Stream

6: Janaki

7: Vitality

8: Zegar

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Graeme Hill a steep climb

By Lindon Yarde | Fri, April 01, 2011 | Nation News

The Realtors Limited Trophy condition race for imported three-year-old maidens and West Indian-bred three-year-old winners going 1 100 metres will create much attention in tomorrow’s Realtors Limited Race Day at the Garrison Savannah.

The seventh day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first season has attracted 90 entrants on the programme set to begin at 1:45 pm.

Sir Charles Williams-owned sprint queen Slip Stream has been double entered. She has the impressive record of having obtained five victories – all in sprints – from seven career starts.

She is handicapped at 118 pounds and should her connections opt for her to run here, she will have to pull out all the stops to get the victory as this field has a few imported horses that have shown tons of ability.

Bill and Haley Blevins-owned Graeme Hill and Giovedi, both of whom are handicapped at 126 pounds, are the ones most likely to be around at the finish. They have been on top of their game and have been strides away from entering winner’s enclosure.

Graeme Hill has recorded a pair of third-place finishes in both his outings while Giovedi just failed to catch Nomoreginrog in his last start – the Neville Walcott Handicap over 1 100 metres. Having to overcome traffic problems early, he recovered only to find himself chasing the winner.

Foxy Baba, Nile Queen, Cinnamon Jane and Lune De Barachois have all entered the  winner’s circle before. However, it would come as a surprise should one of them find themselves in the winner’s enclosure here.

If the speed in race five is not fast enough, then you won’t want to miss the Condominiums At Palm Beach Trophy Handicap for three-year-olds and older horses rated 115-140. It’s also open to three-year-olds and older horses rated 114 and below over 1 100 metres.

Lord Michael Taylor-owned Peaceful Envoy has been asked to carry 133 pounds. He was a double winner three starts back over the identical trip. He failed to find a place last outing in the Victor Chandler Stakes And Trophy over 1 570 metres on the Boxing Day race card. The weight he is down to carry looks a serious burden to his chances.

Melrose racing-owned Rocamadour will take 131 pounds. Like Peaceful Envoy, he has not raced since Boxing Day and apart from the weight factor, he will find this trip way too sharp.

Aysha Syndicate-owned Who’s To Say disappointed in the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint on Gold Cup Day. It seems the huge weight of 132 pounds proved too much for him. Handicapped here at the reasonable weight of 124 pounds, he should be a threat.

Lord Michael Taylor-owned filly Purr Class and the Gay Smith-owned Super Star are almost guaranteed to make this a quick affair early on.

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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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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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22 nominated for Gold Cup

By LINDON YARDE | Thu, January 13, 2011 | www.nationnews.com

When the first subscription date passed on January 7 for the 30th running of the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup, 22 horses had been nominated.

The 1800 metres-race, which is set to run off on Saturday, March 5, has a total purse of $200 000, with the winner pocketing $115 000, second place $45 000, third place $25 000 and fourth position $15 000, as well as the coveted Gold Cup.

In addition, on Gold Cup day there will be the two supporting feature races; first the ninth Tanglewood Stakes and Trophy over 2 000 metres, with the winner set to take home $40 000; second place $15 500, third $8 500, and fourth position $6 000.

Second is the eighth Sandy Lane Spa Sprint over 1 100 metres with a total payout of $40 000, from which the winner will pocket $23 000, second will receive $9 000, third place will get $5 000 and fourth place the sum of $3 000.

To date the Sandy Lane Gold Cup has attracted 15 runners from Barbados, three from Canada, one from United States, one from Trinidad and Tobago and two from St Kitts.

The local contingent is headed by last year’s first runner up Bribon, and include Apostle, Areyoutalkintome, Bird Watch, Charge It, Duc De Fer, Spicey Tiger, Zoom, Mingun Temple, Rocomadour, John Bryan, Reward Me, Preach To Me, Pure Temptation and Show Me The Money.

Canada took the cup last year with the Eugene Melnyk-owned Sterwins, but this time around Melnyk has Steward Hill and Safety Zone wearing his royal blue body with gold emblem, gold selves with royal blue band and gold cap outfit.

Also representing Canada is the David Seale-owned Dancing David.

Trinidad has nominated the  Tres Amigos-owned Just Call Me Roger and America’s lone nominee is the N. Callaghan and A. Thompson-owned Jairzihno St Kitts will take part for the first time in the history of this race having nominated the Arthur Sharpe pair of Al Portador and Bad Action which ran fifth last year for previous owner Gay Smith.

The Joseph Brothers-owned Walk On By looks set to defend his crown in the ninth running of the Tanglewood Stakes and Trophy, and is among 17 horses entered at the closure of the first subscription.

St Kitts has nominated two runners in Sligoville and Esquire, both owned by Arthur Sharpe.

The others from Barbados in the line-up are Amanyara, Apostle, Bouncebak, Captain Sully, Show Me The Money, Don Portalsonny, Island Lad, Sea Gypsy, Eye Of The Tiger, Silk N Satin, Zergar, Zoom, Heavenly Angel and Gone Prospecting.

If it is speed you are looking for, then you are sure to get it in the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint over 1 100 metres.

This speed fest has attracted 15 nominees, headed by double crown winner of this event, the Aysha Syndicate-owned Who’s Cruisin.

Set to go with him are stablemates Who’s To Say, Time D’or, Azwa, Bloumberg, Dark Knight, Kingdora, Peaceful Envoy, Purr Class, Run Alke Run, Rush Cutter, Spicey Tiger and Super Star from host country Barbados.

Our regional counterparts from St Kitts again have shown interest in the speed event, entering Arthur Sharpe’s duo of Anansi and Atabaas Pride.

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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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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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