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Cup is Here

(Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

Sat, February 04, 2012 – 12:05 AM

At precisely 3:45 p.m. yesterday British Airways Flight 2155 landed at Grantley Adams International Airport carrying the prestigious Sandy Lane Gold Cup – the coveted prize for the 31st running of the southern Caribbean’s most famous horse race, slated for March 3 at the historic Garrison Savannah.

Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy (right) was also acting as Minister of Sports when he received the trophy along with Robert Logan (centre), general manager of Sandy Lane, from BA Captain Joe Kelliher.

Sealy thanked Sandy Lane for sponsoring the race for the past 16 years and he welcomed the return of Trinidad and Tobago entrants. Last year 36 000 Trinidadians visited Barbados, with the majority following sporting or cultural activities.

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Post Position Draw Confirms

Excitement continues during the final week of preparations for the XXX Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup. The Post Position Draw Press Conference was hosted by Sandy Lane Hotel on Thursday 24th February, 2011, during opening remarks Mr Robert Logan; General Manager of the Sandy Lane Hotel conveyed his excitement to be once again involved in this internationally recognised group 1 race. He stated “Thank you to the owners, trainers and jockeys that have come together to make the 2011 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup. This is a particularly memorable time for us at Sandy Lane Hotel as we also celebrate 50 years of operation.  Sandy Lane Hotel first opened in 1961, and reopened on the 19th March, 2001 by the current owners”.

Pam Marshall, Director of the Barbados Turf Club spoke from the heart “Thank you Derrick and Gay Smith, I am so happy and proud to be part of the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup with a special thank you to Mr Derrick Smith for his inspiration and commitment when we were searching for a sponsor many years ago.”

Luther Miller III JP, Vice President of the Barbados Turf Club expressed gratitude in Sandy Lane Hotel’s support of the Barbados Turf Club and in particular the sponsors making this the only Group 1 race in the Caribbean.  He made a special vote of thanks to the BTC staff who have been working hard to ensure the stands were race ready.

Festivities will continue this weekend with the Sandy Lane Hotel Motorcade on Saturday 26th February. The motorcade will commence at 10.00am at Kensington Oval travel to Independence Square for a concert with Kitorah and Toni Norville performing for the public from 11am to 12pm. Sandy Lane Hotel representatives welcomed the public to come out and enjoy the celebrations on Saturday.

The XXX Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup Post Positions

Al Portador    Gate 7

Apostle    Gate 14

Bad Action   Gate 4

Bird Watch (Res 2)   Gate 5

Charge It    Gate 9

Grand Cash    Gate 10

John Brian    Gate 6

Just Call Me Roger   Gate 11

Mingun Temple   Gate 13

Reward Me (Res 1)   Gate 8

Rocamadour   Gate 2

Saftey Zone   Gate 12

Show Me The Money   Gate 1

Zoom   Gate 3

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The Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup is here!

By Corey Greaves | February 12, 2011 | The Barbados Advocate

In this photo: Captain of British Airways flight 2155 Justin Van Gemeren (right) and general manager of Sandy Lane Hotel, Robert Logan, bringing the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup down the steps after it arrived in Barbados yesterday.

THE countdown for the prestigious Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup officially began when the coveted Cup arrived at 3:43 p.m. yesterday onboard the British Airways flight 2155 at the Grantley Adams International Airport from London.

One of the premier events on the Barbados sporting calendar, the eagerly anticipated horse racing event is set for March 5.

The British Airways flight was captained by Justin Van Gemeren who, along with Sandy Lane General Manager Rober Logan, ushered the trophy from the plane to the tarmac at 4:10 p.m.

Champions of the Sandy Lane Hotel, Michelle Burrowes and Theresa Barnett, had the honour of carrying the cup into the Grace Adams Suite.

The captain however mentioned that there was some turbulence in the early parts of their flight, but he was happy that the cup was here in one piece as the partnership with the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup continues.

The line-up for this year’s event includes seven overseas horses, from St. Kitts, Antigua, Trinidad and Tobago, USA and Canada, while 12 local horse have been nominated.

“The occasion is made all the more memorable as we recognise 2011 as the 30th year of the Gold Cup event in Barbados as well as the celebration of Sandy Lane’s 50th anniversary since the opening in 1961,” said Robert Logan who added “It will also mark the 10th anniversary of the reopening in 2001 after a full renovation produced the five diamond resort we know and love today.”

This year marks the 15th year that Sandy Lane has been involved in what is widely acknowledged as one of international horse racing’s premiere events.

Logan also mentioned that, “Over the years… Sandy Lane has contributed more than $2 million Barbados Dollars in prize money to the Gold Cup.”

With the roof for the grand stand still off, Pamela Marshall Director of the Barbados Turf Club (BTC) assured those on hand that the roof will be on for Gold Cup day.

She mentioned that after Tropical Storm Tomas, the members of the BTC realised that a structurally sound roof that can withstand natural disasters needed to be in place and that is what they have endeavored to do.

Hon. George Hutson acting Minister of Tourism on the occasion of the arrival of the Sandy Lane Gold Cup mentioned that “30 years on, Barbadians, visitors, the region and the rest of the world are in for no less a thrilling and highly competitive horse-racing event next month, as with the running of the first Gold Cup.

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