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Giovedi wins feature Kendal Moon Trophy

Barbados Advocate by Charlie Heath | 4/15/2012

The Bill & Hayley Blevins owned four-year-old dark bay/brown colt Giovedi, ridden by Kenny John, won the feature Kendal Moon Trophy (Handicap) for three-year-olds and older yesterday at the Garrison Savannah.

It was a very enterprising ride by Kenny John, as he broke Giovedi smartly from the outside gate and settled the colt behind pace setter Captain Sully, ridden by Desmond Bryan.

As they reached the three furlong marker John put Giovedi ahead of Captain Sully, while the Sir David Seale-owned Dancin David, with Anderson Trotman in the irons, followed in third.

At the two furlong pole it was still Giovedi, Captain Sully and Dancing David in the lead, while the filly Daga, with Reshawn Latchman in the irons, could be seen making up ground on the leaders. However, there was no stopping Giovedi as he ran out an easy winner.

Daga got up to be second, while Dancin David finished third, with Captain Sully holding on for fourth.

No jockey on the day was able to land two winners. However, that was not the case with the trainers, as Victor Cheeseman dominated that category by saddling three winners on the eight-race card. He started by winning race four with rank outsider Dunwiddat, for owner Ian Corbin. Cheeseman then won race six with A.P. Vincero for owners Luther Miller III JP and Suzanne Miller, and finished the day by winning the final race on the card with Lune De Barachois for Lewin Godding.

Andy Ward was the only other trainer to saddle more than one winner, as he saddled two winners for owner Lord Michael Taylor.

Racing continues on Saturday, April 28. (CH)

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Chalk and cheese for Victor

Giovedi with Kenny John winning the feature Kendal Moon Trophy Handicap yesterday. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

Giovedi with Kenny John winning the feature Kendal Moon Trophy Handicap yesterday. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

www.nationnews.com By Lindon Yarde | Sun, April 15, 2012

Trainer Victor Cheeseman stole the spotlight on the eighth day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season producing three winners yesterday at the Garrison Savannah.

While Cheeseman secured those important strikes for his connections, pride of place went to the combination of owners Bill and Haley Blevins, trainer Jonathon Simpson and jockey Kenny John.

On the salute to the 2011 Champions Raceday, the trio combined with the four-year-old colt Giovedi to take the afternoon’s feature race – the Kendal Moon Trophy Handicap – for three-year-old and older horses rated 118-140 and also open to horses rated 117 and below over 1 570 metres.

Giovedi, expertly ridden by John, tracked early leader Captain Sully for most of the trip while the hot favourite Dancin David was nicely settled in third position. Little Man Arran, Sea Gypsy, Daga and Purr Class raced close while the others remained at the back.

Three furlongs out, John asked Giovedi to pick up the running and with Captain Sully fully extended, Giovedi opened up a length and a half lead on the field. It became evident two furlongs out that the Gold Cup winner Dancin David was under tremendous pressure as he plodded along at one place.

Entering the home stretch, Giovedi had few challengers and coasted home much to the delight of the connections. Daga continued to show glimpses of her old form by taking aim at the winner, but had to settle for second position under Reshaun Latchman. Dancin David, partnered by Anderson Trotman, held third spot while Captain Sully with Desmond Bryan up took fourth place.

The Cheeseman show got under way in race four – The Daga Trophy Handicap – for three-year-old and older horses rated 38-60 and also open to horses rated 37 and below over 1 800 metres. Jockey Paul Eddery gave the Ian Corbin-owned Dunwiddat an excellent ride to claim that event.

Cheeseman’s next success was an expected one as his imported colt, Luther G.Miller and Susan Miller-owned A.P. Vincero disposed of the field in the Anderson Trotman Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older non-winners of two over 1 100 metres.

The Lewin Gooding-owned Lune De Barachois ridden by apprentice Affrie Ward, won the Anderson Ward Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 35-60 and also open to horses rated 34 and below over 1 100 metres to bring the day’s proceedings to an end for Cheeseman.

Lord Michael Taylor and trainer Anderson Ward had earlier combined for a double strike on the card, thus keeping the Blue Diamond Stable colours visible.

They struck with Spellbound under jockey Jonathon Grant in the Lord Michael Taylor Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older horses claiming $5 000 over 1 000 metres.

After this it was the turn of apprentice Latchman and Must Be The Money who took the supporting feature, the Sir Charles Williams Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 60-85 and also open to horses rated 59 and below over 1 100 metres.

Racing continues on National Heroes Day, April 28 with the staging of the first Jewel of the Barbados Triple Crown and the Barbados Guineas over 1 570 metres.

 

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Gold Cup fever running high

DOUBLING UP: Zoom is entered for both the Sandy Lane Gold Cup and the Tanglewood Stakes and Trophy. (FP)

nationnews.com By Lindon Yarde | Wed, February 15, 2012 

Every year, Gold Cup Day has always been about the big race, the pomp and pageantry associated with the march past by the Sandy Lane majorettes to the pulsating songs of the Royal Barbados Police Force Band.

Bajans and tourists alike converge on the Garrison Savannah which is abuzz with excitement and bubbling with enthusiasm.

One race which gets the adrenalin flowing and provides very good support to the big race is the Tanglewood Stakes and Trophy.

This 2 000 metres weight for age race for West Indian-bred four-year-olds and over is usually overshadowed by the pattern event.

It does, however, expose some of the best West Indian-bred route horses. The previous nine editions have been won by Barbadian-bred horses – a testimony to the local breeding industry.

Gay Smith-owned Zoom, winner of this event in 2009 created history by becoming the first and only locally bred horse to win that race and then go on to win the prestigious Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup. The defending Gold Cup winner is once again nominated for both races.

Glaring facts

Looking in the past as well as this year’s field, one can’t help but notice two glaring facts – since the inception in 2003, when Francis Cozier’s filly Victoria Regia won, her stakes record of 2:06.3 has remained unbroken. However, the most revealing fact is that no previous Derby winner has ever won this event.

History may be in the making as Sir Charles Williams-owned filly Kendal Moon possesses one of the better records in here. Going route distances of nine furlongs and further, she has won the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Midsummer Creole Classic at (1 800 metres), she then took last year’s United Insurance Barbados Derby over 2 000 metres.

Kendal Moon, the daughter of Moon Solitaire, out of Zelina, then stepped up in class and had two performances of major credits – the first being her second place finish to Gold Cup winner Zoom in the BTBA Breeders’ Classic over 1 800 metres.

This was followed by a resolute fourth place behind Zoom, Show Me The Money and Apostle in the 2012 BTBA Garrison Turf Stakes over the up coming Tanglewood trip.

With three weeks of preparation ahead of her, fans could be in for an extra special treat.

Dwindling

Continuing my look at route performers, the resumes begin to dwindle. Only stablemates Captain Sully and Island Memories (two each) and Gay Smith fillies Silk N Satin and Heavenly Angle (one) have won at 1 800 metres.

Captain Sully won the 2010 Diamond International Crown Of Light Handicap for horses rated 0-65 before winning the Leave It To Me Trophy Handicap for horses rated (58-80). He failed badly in his only Tanglewood Stakes and Trophy attempt last year trailing last.

Island Memories’ two scores at the trip could not come at a more ideal time. The Anderson Ward-trained colt recorded back-to-back trumps in the Diamond International Crown Of Light Handicap for horses rated (58-80) and the (88-110) rated Rotherley Holdings Challenge Trophy Handicap. In last year’s Derby he finished fourth behind Kendal Moon.

Heavenly Angel’s lone route win came in the 2010 edition of the Diamonds International Safi Kalima Handicap. She followed that with an incredible second to Zoom in the 2011 BTBA Garrison Turf Stakes and Trophy Condition race over 2 000 metres. She has room for improvement.

Silk N Satin struck in the Dylan Thomas Handicap. She then ran the race of her career, finishing a close second to last year’s Tanglewood winner Bouncebak. She’s under-rated but has a big heart.

Sail On was second to Kendal Moon in the Derby but has shown no sign of a recovery from that effort. Dance The Distance was fourth in the 2010 Derby and he is also a useful sort.

Cinnamon Jane ran a good second to Local Speed over the trip but will have to step it up considerably. Erados and Sea Gypsy have both been moderate in routes at best and will need to improve, while Surinan has been away for a while and is trespassing in untested territory.

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9 make grade

Defending champion Zoom (left) is one of nine horses nominated for the 16th running of the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup. (FP)

nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Thu, February 09, 2012

Defending champion Zoom as well as top heavyweights Apostle and Show Me The Money are among nine horses selected by the Classification Committee of the Barbados Turf Club (BTC) to represent Barbados or Trinidad and Tobago in the 16th running of the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup.

The prestigious race is scheduled for March 3 at the Garrison Savannah.

The other horses are Cavachi, Giovedi, Graeme Hill, Indanger, Mingun Temple and Trinidad and Tobago’s lone entrant Joezel.

The selection of the nine, with the exception of the Canadian-bred Cavaichi, could be easily traced to their performances in the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy over 1 570 metres and the Coolmore Home Of Champions Stakes & Trophy over 1 800 metres. The top three finishers in both races have gained selection here.

However, the indifferent and erratic form of the other eight nominees has certainly created a massive headache for the selection committee.

The eight, whose fate lies in the balance, with their present ratings are: Charge It (99), Daga (97), Dancin David (90), Fusaichi Ridge (94), John Brian (109), Little Man Arran (99), Reward Me (74) and Ring Time (102).

Their selection for the final three positions now depends heavily on their performances in Saturday’s Rotherley Construction Inc. Race Day.

Noticeably amongst this group is the much talked about Canadian-bred Dancin David, owned by Sir David Seale, who is competing for a Barbadian spot.

Just how many of these horses will face the starter remain to be seen as only John Brian, Ring Time, Dancin David and Reward Me are down to race on Saturday.

Similar uncertainly also surrounds one of the supporting feature races on the Gold Cup card.

When the final nomination closed last Friday, 14 horses had been entered to contest the ninth Sandy Lane Spa Sprint Stakes & Trophy over 1 100 metres: Areutalkintome, Bipin, Cavaichi, Erados, Golden Moment, Greely Gone West, Istanbul, Kingdora, Peaceful Envoy, Preach To Me, Purr Class, Rocamadour, Vitality and Who’s To Say.

Areutalkintome won the Barbados Derby in 2009, but hasn’t raced for over a year because of injury following a collision with another horse.

Bipin won the Spa Sprint last year, but was disqualified after failing a urine sample. Rocamadour defeated the “A” Class sprinting and Preach to Me was the winner of his last start.

This race day will see Preach To Me, Greeley Gone West, Istanbul, Purr Class and Vitality on Saturday’s card in the Rotherley Construction Inc. Sprint Trophy. A stellar performance here would enhance their chances of gaining final selection when entries close.

Twelve horses have been nominated for the Tanglewood Stakes & Trophy and the field includes doubly entered Gold Cup winner Zoom and Erados.

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Graeme Hill wins feature Coolmore ‘Home of Champions’ Stakes & Trophy

Kyle Carter pilots Graeme Hill (left) to victory in the Coolmore ‘Home of Champions’ Stakes & Trophy, for 3-year-olds and over, rated 140 and below.

Barbados Advocate | Charlie Heath | 1/29/2012

THE Bill and Hayley Blevin-owned four-year-old chestnut colt, Graeme Hill, upset them all in the feature Coolmore “Home of Champions” Stakes & Trophy, for 3-year-olds and over, rated 140 and below, going 1800 metres, yesterday at the Garrison Savannah, the third day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season.

The Jonathan Simpson-trained colt was kept off the early pace set by Captain Sully, Little Man Arran, and Kingdora.

With five furlongs to go, Kyle Carter on Graeme Hill could see the whole field in front of him.

At the three-furlong marker, Little Man Arran and Giovedi, stable companions of Graeme Hill, moved to the lead.

With two furlongs to go, Graeme Hill was breathing down their necks, and as they straightened up he picked up the running to go on to an easy victory. Reshawn Latchman on Giovedi finished second, giving owners Bill and Hayley Blevin, and trainer Jonathan Simpson, a one-two finish.

Indanger, owned by Daniel & Martin Raizman, trained by Roger Parravicino, and ridden by Antonio Bishop, was third. Little Man Arran held on for fourth.

The supporting feature, the Diamonds International/Montblanc Challenge Sprint Trophy (Handicap), for 4-year-olds and over, rated 100 & below, sprinting 1100 metres, was won by the Boston John-trained Janaki, owned by the Estate of Yusuf Mongroo, and ridden by Kenny John.

John had Janaki on the pace from the start, along with Dessert Orchid, Vitality, and Dark Night.

Turning for home, John asked Janaki for an effort and he immediately responded by going on to win. The Lord Michael Taylor-owned Run Alke Run, trained by Andy Ward, with Kyle Carter in the irons, ran on strongly to finish second. Third was Run Alke Run’s stable companion, Istanbul, with Rico Walcott. Fourth was Greeley Gone West.
Reshawn Latchman and Kyle Carter both won two races on the day’s card.

No trainer saddled more than one winner on the day.

Racing continues on Saturday, February 11. (CH)

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D-day for Gold Cup hopefuls

D-day for Gold Cup hopefuls

nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Fri, January 27, 2012

Gold Cup prospects will be in action during the Coolmore Home Of Champions and Diamonds International MontBlanc race day at the Garrison Savannah, tomorrow.

After the running of the Victor Chandler Stakes and Trophy, the Coolmore Home Of Champions Stakes and Trophy is the most anticipated race prior to the March 3 Sandy Lane Gold Cup.

And around 4:40 p.m, 11 horses will compete in what is known as the final prep race for the pattern event when the Barbados Turf Club’s first season enters its third day with eight races from 1:30 pm.

There are a few races that really look set to excite the taste buds – one of which is the Diamonds International MontBlanc Challenge Sprint Trophy Handicap over 1 100 metres. This race for four-year-old and older horses rated 75-100 and also open to horses rated 74 and below, can also be seen as a final prep for horses entered in the Spa Sprint on Gold Cup Day.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned Purr Class takes top weight of 133 pounds. She has displayed terrible form in her last four efforts. However, she is not alone in that category as former speedballs Who’s To Say (129), Nomoreginrog (108), Byhookorbycreek (113) and Greeley Gone West (117) all entered are carrying identical form.

Stablemates Istanbul (122) and Vitality (119) have both been at the top of their game and are capable of getting the victory.

A small field of ten have taken entry to compete in the Diamonds International Crown Of Light Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 58-80 and also open to horses rated 57 and below over 1 800 metres.

Sir David Seale-owned Reward Me double-entered on the card is down to carry 130 pounds. It will be his second start after a lay off.

Sail On (126), after his herculean effort in last year’s Derby, trailed in at the back in his only outing but could be a live-wire. Stream Kid now seems  to be getting the hang of racing in Barbados and has to be respected while Victor Ludorum is fresh from a victory in the Diamonds International MontBlanc Time Walker Handicap over 1 570 metres for horses rated 53-75.

The curtain closer is the Diamonds International MontBlanc Tribute Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 45-70 and also open to horses rated 44 and below over 1 100 metres.

Round Table Stud Farm-owned Whataline carries 133 pounds. She has four wins, two seconds and a third from her last seven starts and on those statistics, she can easily take this field to the cleaners.

Vandross (130) gets the second top weight with a place chance at best while Lune The Barachois (126) has been knocking at the door.

 

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Ward – by a long way

Ward – by a long way

New champion trainer Anderson Ward. (FP)

By Lindon Yarde | Wed, January 04, 2012 | nationnews.com

Last year, Anderson Ward did to the trainers what he has done to jockeys for some time: head straight to the front and never look back.

Once the toast of the Garrison from the saddle, Ward became the fourth champion trainer in as many years.

Since gaining his trainer’s licence in March 2010, Ward has established himself among the best trainers in the land.

The handler of the Blue Diamond Stable ensures his charges are always immaculately turned out and looking the picture of health.

Year review: Statistics for the year shows that Ward, a 17 per cent winning trainer, sent out 190 runners with returns of 32-19-26-21 and earnings of $715 990.

Ward’s stellar year began with the capture of the Coolmore Home Of Champions Stakes & Trophy over 1 800 metres with the mare Bouncebak.

Next was the Guardian General Stakes and Trophy for three-year-olds over 1 570 metres with Istanbul.

Following was the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company Trophy over 1 570 metres with the imperious Daga, who won four of her five starts last year.

Ward’s other major triumphs were the T.A. Tommy Peirce Memorial Stakes & Trophy and the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy for the top rated horses 0-145 both races over 1 570 metres with Show Me The Money.

Apart from Daga his other famous runners were Captain Sully (4), Bouncebak (4), Istanbul and Vitality (3) all of whom kept the stable’s flag afloat.

Third season returns: In the just-concluded season, Ward sent out 41 runners and earned $151 570 from eight wins, five seconds, three thirds, and six fourth-place finishes.

Not even an outbreak of equine cough could stop his dominance.

Defending champion Andrew Nunes, also a 17 percentage winning trainer, was always trying to close the gap both by earnings and in wins.

In the end, he had to settle for second place with year statistics of 20-16-14-13 from 117 runners who earned $460 615.

Nunes’s main weapon was his three-year old filly Kendal Moon who recorded a hat-trick of major events: the Barbados Fillies Guineas (1 570m), Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Midsummer Creole Classic (1 800m) and the United Insurance Barbados Derby (2 000m).

Third season returns: Nunes took fourth spot in the third season with a 1-6-2-1 record from 23 runners who earned $80 335.

Edward Walcott Jnr, with a win percentage of 15, maintained his third place in the yearly standings.

His stocks earned $396 773, decorated by 16-14-8-7 from his 105 runners.

Zoom confirmed his status as Springhead’s best horse in training with four victories including in the Sandy Lane Gold Cup.

Third season returns: Walcott Jnr captured third position with statistics of 5-2-3-3 from 23 runners all earning $80 946.

Victor Cheeseman, with a win percentage of 12, had a memorable 2011. His charges continued to perform the very same high level as the second season, enabling him to capture the critical fourth spot. Cheeseman’s yearly statistics reveals earnings of $256 620, made up of 16-15-14-13 from 132 runners.

Third season returns: Cheeseman, with statistics of 5-4-3-8 from 31 runners and earnings of $108 173, continued his good form and finished second in that just concluded season.

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Trotman’s jockey of the year

Anderson Trotman pushing Lady Quill to one of her victories last year. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

By Lindon Yarde | Wed, January 04, 2012 | nationnews.com

The 2011 Jockeys’ Championship appeared poised for a great finish going into the final day, with runaway leaders Jalon Samuel and Anderson Trotman locked on 31 wins each.

The equation heavily favoured the challenger Trotman, who had more second-place finishes.

At the conclusion of Race 10, both riders were winless on the card which meant that Trotman had secured another riding title.

Their performance on the day epitomized the sub-standard third season they had as they mustered in three victories from 53 rides between them.

This title gave Trotman an unprecedented sixth riding title in Barbados. He had won titles back in 1995, 1996, 2004, 2005 and 2007.

His partnership with owner Sir Charles Williams and trainer Andrew Nunes has once more proven very profitable.

The hard graft he put in rewarded him with yearly figures of 31-25-21-14 from 146 rides and earnings of $556 392 and a win percentage of 21.

Trotman found the going rough in the third season when the trainers had plenty options.

He was at his best during the first two seasons and that was enough to seal the deal for him.

His main players were the three-year-old filly Kendal Moon who landed the Midsummer Creole Classic over 1 800 metres, the United Insurance Barbados Derby over 2 000 metres and Apostle, which won the Val Gale Cup for the top-rated horses (118-140) over 1 800 metres.

He also won four races on the imported three-year-old Nomoreginrog.

Third season returns: Position: Unplaced with 1-8-6-2 from 29 rides all earning $97 195.

Last year’s champion Samuel was denied a repeat success as he failed to break the deadlock with Trotman.

The 22 percentage winning rider had yearly statistics of 31-18-18-24 from 142 mounts and earnings of $509 786.

Samuel’s major success was winning the Cool More Home Of Champions Stakes & Trophy and the Tanglewood Stakes & Trophy over 1 800 and 2 000 metres respectively with Bouncebak.

He endured his worst season ever during the just concluded third season.

Third season returns: Position: Unplaced with 2-3-2-6 from 24 mounts all earning $39 150.

Antonio Bishop rocketed himself into the third position in the overall standings. His winning percentage of 16 coupled with consistent performances ensured he would lose his apprenticeship on the last day of the third season.

From 107 mounts, his statistics were 17-15-12-14 with earnings of $397 803.

Apart from gleefully accepting the Sandy Lane Gold Cup victory his main accomplishment would have been him be crowned champion apprentice for 2011.

His victory aboard Zoom in the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Breeders’ Classic over 1 800 metres would also be a standout.

Third season returns: Position: Third with 5-2-3-4 from 22 mounts earnings of $89 387.

Reshaun Latchman, after a late start to the year, displayed much improved skills and was richly rewarded with fourth place finish in the overall championship.

He was one of two riders to distinguish themselves in the third season, the other being Paul Eddery.

The 18 percentage winning rider accumulated year figures of 13-11-13-4 from 72 mounts which earned $221 594.

Latchman landed two triple victories during the third season. On Day 3, he scored with Indian Officer, Jusanotheropinion and Desert Orchid and wrapped up the year with his second treble aboard Indian Officer, Aston Martin and Giovedi.

Third season returns: Position: Second with 6-6-4-5 from 30 mounts and earnings of $128 058.

Surprise! surprise! The third racing season crowned a new and different season champion in Irish-born Paul Eddery, who won his first season title in Barbados.

Riding predominantly for Blue Diamond Stable, the veteran took the third season honours with seven wins, three seconds, one third and three fourth-place finishes from 33 mounts which have all combined to earn $88 075.

Eddery started the year in late April but despite the incredible season he failed to break into the top four of the year.

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Kendal Moon shows her class

 

Kendal Moon showed she is pure class in winning yesterday’s feature Diamonds International/Montblanc Meisterstuck (Handicap) at the Garrison Savannah. Jockey Jonathan Grant was in the saddle for the winning ride and the pair are seen here in front of the grand stand after the race with trainer Andrew Nunes (second right) and a supporter.

Charlie Heath | 1/3/2012 | Barbados Advocate

The Sir Charles Williams owned and bred 4-year-old bay filly, Kendal Moon, showed what a classy filly she is, when she won yesterday’s feature Diamonds International/Montblanc Meisterstuck (Handicap) at the Garrison Savannah.

The Andrew Nunes trained filly, last year won the last two jewels of the triple crown, the Midsummer Classic and the United Insurance Barbados Derby. Racing against the older horses yesterday at the Garrison Savannah, on the first day of the Barbados Turf Clubs first racing season, she showed that she will be a force to be reckoned with as a 4-year-old.

Leaving the gate, Jonathan Grant was content to keep Kendal Moon, just off the torrid pace being set by Preach To Me, Charge It, and Indanger. It was not until approaching the two furlong marker that Grant asked the filly to get closer to the leaders, and by the time they straightened up for home, the filly quickened beautifully, to go on and win from the Daniel & Martin Reizman owned, Roger Parravicino trained, Indanger, with Antonio Bishop in the irons. It was also a great run from the 5-year-old Indanger, as he was on the pace from the off. Third was the Christopher Gibbs owned Ring Time, who was out paced early, and came with a late run from way off the pace, with Antonio Whitehall. Fusaichi Ridge finished fourth.

The Diamonds International/Montblanc Tribute (Condition Race) for West Indian Bred 2-year-olds, (At the time of entry), going 1100 metres, was won by Finbar, owned by Jerry Alleyne, trained by Ken Stanton, and ridden by Antonio Bishop. Finbar, was the only horse in the race that had faced the starter before. He broke from the gate smartly, and did exactly what was expected of him, and that was to improve his position. He ran out an easy winner, and showed that he will be one to watch in the future. The Aysha Syndicate owned, Iamsogroovy, trained by Stephen Bynoe, and ridden by Reshawn Latchman, ran on well to finish second, while the Lord Michael Taylor owned, Verden, trained by Andy Ward and ridden by Paul Eddery was third, with Water Moon fourth.

The 2-year-olds of 2011 Sales Graduates Futurity (Condition Race), for Barbados Bred 2-year-olds (At time of Entry) going 1100 metres, was won by the Lord Michael Taylor owned, Andy Ward trained Verkauf, bred by Bruce Bailey.

Paul Eddery wasted no time in putting Verkauf to the front, and as hard as Kyle Carter, on the Raphael Green, Victor Cheeseman trained Capere tried, there was no catching Verkauf, and Capere had to settle for second. The Lady Williams owned, Gorgeous, trained by Andrew Nunes with Jonathan Grant in the saddle was third, and Mudlark finished fourth.

Jalon Samuel was the only jockey to land two winners on the card.

Racing continues on Errol Barrow Day, Saturday January 21. (CH)

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TWO DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL/MONT BLANC FEATURE RACES ON MONDAY

Pictured “Show me the money winner Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, Dec 26th, 2011

Charlie Heath | Sunday 1st January, 2012 | Barbados Advocate

The Barbados Turf Club will be starting the first racing season of 2012, on Monday, January 2, with an eight race card that includes two feature races sponsored by Diamond International/ MontBlanc.

The first to be run is the Diamonds International/ MontBlanc Tribute (Condition Race) for West Indian bred 3-year-old Maidens (At time of entry), going 1570 metres.

This race has attracted 19 horses, of which three are scratched, leaving the race over subscribed at time of declaration by four.

What makes this race very interesting is the fact that most of the horses have not yet raced, and those that have showed little or no form,which means that the winner could come from one of those that have not yet raced, and punters could end up collecting some very good dividends.

Of those that have raced Finbar showed the most promise.

The second feature is the Diamonds International/ MontBlanc Meisterstuck (Handicap) for 3-year-olds & older rated 88-110 (At time of entry) (Also open to 3-year-old & older horses rated 87 and below) (At time of entry).

What a race this should be! Again this race is over subscribed, as 16 horse are declared to start, which means they are four reserves. The top weight of 130 pounds is allotted to Ring Time, while Purr Class takes 128, Charge It 125, and Kingdora 124 pounds. Also entered is the 2011 Derby winner Kendal Moon, who has the light weight of 109 pounds.

This is a superfecta betting race, and the lucky punters that can get the correct combination, could well find themselves collecting a very good dividend.  (CH)

Racing gets underway at 1.00 pm on the day.

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Zoom looking for repeat victory on Boxing Day

12/25/2011 | Charlie Heath | 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 three-year-olds and over, going 1 570 metres. John Brian, Daga and Fusaichi Ridge could be dangers.

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

Aston Martin, a winner over 1 100 metres, was beaten last time out over 1 570 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 two-year-olds with preference given to non-West Indian bred, going 1 570 metres.

This could be a straight battle between Indian Officer and Discreetwon.

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 wrestle it for him. Post time for the first race is 12 p.m. (CH)

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