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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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Charlie Heath | Saturday 24th December, 2011 | 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 3-year-olds and over, going 1570 metres. John Brian, Daga, and Fusaichi Ridge could be dangers.

The Diamonds International/ Montblanc Challenge Stakes & Trophy, for West Indian Bred 2-year-olds, going 1570 metres, looks like it could end in a very exciting finish.

Aston Martin, a winner over 1100 metres, was beaten last time out over 1570 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 2-year-olds with preference given to non-West Indian bred, going 1570 metres.

This could be a straight battle between, Indian Officer, Discreet Woman. 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 rustle it for him. (CH)

Post time for the first race is 12 Noon.

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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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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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