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John Brian’s connections looking to do well in Gold Cup


By Petra Harvey March 4/2011, Barbados Advocate
This will be John Brian’s third attempt at winning the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup and his connections are confident the seven-year-old horse will do well this year.

The Barbados Advocate caught up with trainer Liz Deane SCM recently at the Garrison Savannah and she noted that John Brian is fit and ready for the race on Saturday.

“After last year’s Gold Cup where he ran a creditable fourth, he had a bad fall coming out of the swimming pool, and he was out for quite a few months because he had actually broken some ribs. He came back out, and ran third in the Victor Chandler Stakes on Boxing Day.

“He always seems to show up Gold Cup Day, he is seven years old, getting older, but he is a very honest and genuine horse. So we are just hoping he gives a good account of himself,” said Deane.

She admitted that John Brian was her favourite horse, describing him as a real gentleman.

“He is my favourite horse so I might be biased, but he is a real nice guy, a gentleman. [Darryll] Holland worked him the other day and he came in and said ‘Liz what a gentleman he is.’ So he is really a nice guy,” said Deane.

Of the other horses in the race, Deane noted that the one she is keeping an eye on, is Apostle, who placed third in the Gold Cup last year, behind eventual winner Sterwins and second placed Bribon.

“You always have to watch for Apostle. He always seems to turn up on the day as well. The foreign horses, I honestly don’t know that much about them. Grand Cash I’ve heard is a good horse, Safety Zone. But of the local horses I have a soft spot for Apostle to be honest. I think he is a really wonderful creole,” said Deane.

Owner Sir David Seale is also confident in John Brian, despite him not winning in recent times.

“He didn’t run particularly well in the Coolmore, but the ground was quite soft and he doesn’t run well when the surface is like that. He was coming from a lay-off and we were trying to keep him on point for this race, there is no doubt about that,” said Seale.

John Brian pulled post position number six, but Sir David thinks that this makes little difference in a race of nine furlongs.
“Nine furlongs, post position isn’t of any real importance. Some people might like an inside draw because their horse is quick, they want to get in position, but they still have to go nine furlongs, so in the end it is really about who has the stamina,” said Sir David.


SHOW ME THE MONEY – 5-year-old chestnut horse, bred in Barbados, and racing for Barbados.
DRAW. Gate 1.
OWNER: Lord Michael Taylor.
FORM: 25 starts, won 6 and placed in 12.
EARNED: $147 551.
TRAINER: Anderson Ward.
JOCKEY: Jalon Samuel.
WEIGHT: 122 pounds.
Show Me The Money can run from in front, or from off the pace and will get 1800 metres. He won his last race on July 17, 2010 over 2000 metres, on soft ground, buts acts on any ground. He lost a little form recently, but once he is back to himself he could finish in the money.

ROCAMADOUR – 5-year-old bay horse, bred in the USA, and racing for Barbados.
DRAW. Gate 2.
Owner. Melrose Racing Stable & Clifton Racing.
FORM. 11 starts, won 2 and placed in 5.
EARNED $41 670.
TRAINER. Jonathan Simpson.
JOCKEY. Jono Jones.
WEIGHT. 129 pounds.
Rocamadour, can run from close to the pace or from off the pace, and will get 1800 metres, having won at the distances. He can also run on any type of going. He has only had one race since July 2010, and that was on December 27, 2010. He is capable of finishing in the money.

ZOOM – 6-year-old bay/brown gelding, bred in Barbados and running for Barbados.
DRAW. Gate 3.
OWNER. Mrs. Gay Smith.
FORM. 29 starts, won 5, and placed in 13.
EARNED. $157 944.
TRAINER. Edward Walcott Jnr.
JOCKEY. To be declared
WEIGHT. 122 pounds.
Zoom, will get the 1800 metres, and won his last start on January 21, going 2000 metres on the soft. Seems to prefer a cut in the ground, and comes from off the pace. He has improved, but will have to come up with a big run to trouble the top three.

BAD ACTION – 5-year-old bay gelding, bred in the USA, and running for St. Kitts.
DRAWN. Gate 4.
OWNER. Mrs. Daislyn Sharpe.
FORM. He won 8 races in the USA, and placed in 11, Placed 3rd in Sandy Lane Gold Cup and won mutable race in St. Kitts.
EARNED. In the USA he earned US $339 325
TRAINER. L. Warren.
JOCKEY. Jamie Spencer
WEIGHT. 129 pounds.
BAD ACTION, raced in the USA, winning 8 races there, and came to Barbados for the 2010 Gold Cup, and finished fifth, and was only 1 1/4 lengths behind Apostle. He has since won multiple races in St. Kitts. While he seems more comfortable at a mile, the 1800 metres at the Garrison should not trouble him. He looks a harder and more matured horse this year as a 5-year-old. He also has the asset of having a top international jockey in Jamie Spencer. On form he could be a danger to all.

BIRD WATCH is in Gate 5, but he is a reserve.

AL PORTADOR drawn Gate 7 is scratched.

REWARD ME – 4-year-old colt, bred in the USA, and running for Barbados.
DRAWN. gate 8.
OWNER. Sir David Seale
FORM. 12 starts, won 1, and placed in 8.
EARNED. $42 077.
TRAINER. Stephen Bynoe.
JOCKEY. Ricky Walcott.
WEIGHT. 125 pounds.
REWARD ME, has won at 1800 metres, and ran his best races on good to soft and soft going, but does not look like this is the only type of ground he needs. He is improving as a 4-year-old, and ran a corker last time out when second to Boucebak, having John Brian, Charge It, and Mingun Temple behind him. He should be capable of finishing in the money.

JOHN BRIAN – 7-year-old bay horse, bred in the USA and running for Barbados.
Draw. Gate 6.
OWNER. Sir David Seale.
FORM. 31 starts, won 5 and placed in 18.
EARNED. $233 622.
TRAINER. Elizabeth Deane SCM.
JOCKEY. To be declared.
WEIGHT. 129 pounds.
John Brian, Has placed in past Gold Cup races, but seems
to find 1800 metres just outside of his comfort zone. He runs
from off the pace. He acts on any going, has not won a race
during 2010, and should find it difficult to win here. He acts on any ground.

CHARGE IT – 5-year-old chestnut horse, bred in the USA and running for Barbados.
DRAW. Gate 9.
OWNER. Aysha Syndicate.
FORM. 13 starts, won 3, and placed in 6.
EARNED. $35 280.
TRAINER. Naz Issa.
JOCKEY. To be declared.
WEIGHT. 129 pounds.
Charge It, will get the distance. He runs from just off the pace, and should act on any type of ground. He would have to come up with a big run to trouble the first four.

GRAND CASH – 5-year-old chestnut gelding, bred in the USA and running for the USA.
DRAWN. Gate 10.
OWNER. Silver Oak Stable LLC & M & G Stable LLC.
FORM. 29 starts, won 8 and placed in 5.
EARNED. US$217 041
TRAINER. Wesley Ward
JOCKEY. J. Sanchez
WEIGHT. 129 pounds.
GRAND CASH, won as recently as November 27, 2010 at Calder over 7 1/2 furlongs, and also won a claiming race at Gulfstream on January 6, 2011.

JUST CALL ME ROGER – 4-year-old Dk bay/bay gelding, bred in the USA, and running for Trinidad & Tobago.
DRAWN. Gate 11.
OWNER. 2 Amigos.
FORM. 14 starts, won 4, and placed in 4 while in Canada, USA.
EARNED. US$137 824 also won in Trinidad.
TRAINER. Andrew Nunes.
JOCKEY. Nobel Abrego
Just Call Me Roger, has been in Barbados for a couple weeks, and is reportedly working very good. He should get 1800 metres at the Garrison.
SAFETY ZONE – 7-year-old bay gelding bred in the USA, and running for Canada.
DRAW. gate 12.
OWNER. Eugene Melnyk.
FORM. 28 starts, won 9.
EARNED.US$419 049.
TRAINER. Mark Casse.
JOCKEY. Patrick Husbands
WEIGHT.129 pounds.
Safety Zone, is the class horse in the race, winning seven of his last nine races, of which six was at Woodbine, Canada, and then on January 8, he won at Tampa Bay. On October 31, 2010 he won the Can$100 000 Labeel Stakes, at Woodbine, and he should be the one to beat, especially with Patrick Husbands in the saddle.

Mingun Temple – 4-year-old bay colt, bred in the USA, and running for Barbados.
Draw. Gate 13.
Owner. Mrs. Amanda Marshall-Way and Helen Spencer.
Form. 14 starts, won 4, and placed in 7.
Earned $116 862.
Trainer. Andrew Nunes.
Jockey. Paul Leacock.
Weight. 125 pounds.
Mingun Temple, will find the 1800 metres to his liking. He runs best when just off the pace, but not too far off the leaders. He seems to be at his best on good to soft or soft ground, as he has won two of his four races on soft ground, and two on good to soft. Once he performs to his maximum he will be a strong contender.

APOSTLE – 7-year-old chestnut gelding, bred in Barbados, and racing for Barbados.
DRAW. Gate 14.
OWNER. Elias Haloute & Sir Charles Williams.
FORM. 29 starts, won 12, and placed in 10.
EARNED. $419 083.
Trainer. Andrew Nunes.
Jockey. Anderson Trotman.
Weight 122 pounds.
APOSTLE, likes to dictate the pace of the race, and is a strong front runner that gets 1800 metres. Only two grade one horses beat him last year in the Gold Cup. He likes to hear his feet rattle, so he would need good to firm going to be at his best, and should he get that type of going on Saturday, it could take a good one to
beat him.

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Holland: ‘Two horses, one Cup’

By Alan Harris | 2/27/2011| Barbados Advocate

Will 2011 be the year that ace jockey Darryll Holland pilots a winner in the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup?
The 38-year-old Manchester-born Englishman is back for his third crack at the Caribbean’s most prestigious horse race, which runs off on March 5th at the Garrison Savannah.

However, this time the stakes are different for Holland, because this year he has not just one, but two outstanding horses to choose from. A luxury some would say, but it now poses a dilemma to the champion jockey – to play it conservative or go for broke.

His two choices this year are seven-year-old bay gelding John Brian – like Holland, back for his third try at the Gold Cup – and the sometimes underrated Reward Me, a four-year-old bay gelding.
Both are owned by five-time Gold Cup winner, Sir David Seale, and trained by champion trainer Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Deane, the first female trainer to saddle a Gold Cup winner (2007 – Whiskey for Me).
“I actually have two choices in John Brian or Reward Me,” Holland disclosed during an exclusive interview with the Barbados Advocate.

“To be honest I want to leave my decision for as late as possible. Entries and Final Declarations are on Thursday so I have until Wednesday evening to decide. There’s a week until the race and a week is a long time in a racehorse’s life. Anything can happen.”

Last year Holland was in control of the highly-regarded Areutalkintome, a star creole colt owned by Saffie Joseph Jr. After a disappointing mid-pack finish, Holland said he was eager to better his best-ever third place finish, which he recorded in 2009 aboard the Sir David Seale-owned Preach To Me.

“I’m keen to get a Gold Cup win,” he candidly said.

“Last year was a bit of a hit and miss. Things didn’t really pan out the way I had hoped and I couldn’t ride my race accordingly. I thought I was in with a real good shot[…with Areutalkintome]. He was probably the best ride I’ve ever had going in to the Gold Cup, but that’s horse racing as they say.”

Holland said he was pleased to be back riding for Sir David Seale. He also said he was impressed by the professional training setup which was run by Liz Deane.

“The setup is very professional. Richard (Seale) and Liz (Deane) pay close attention to every detail”, he said. “I quite like that. Obviously Liz’s record speaks for itself. She has been a champion trainer several times over. Its no fluke and I can see why.”

Holland is making a comeback to the sport after he detached his right collar bone during a race at Beverley, Yorkshire in May 2010. According to him, “its of no bother at all”.

“I had eight weeks off and I missed a whole bunch of racing. This is probably my first big race back. I’ve had plenty of races since then in the UK and its held up well so I don’t think there’s anything to worry about.”

Turning his attention to the track itself, Holland said if it’s ‘hard’, John Brian will be favored; if it’s ‘soft’, Reward Me will be his pick.

“The track was looking a bit tired but it should be alright come race day,” he said. “If it’s hard, John Brian will be the horse for the race. Softer ground will suit Reward Me.”

Though Holland was of the opinion that this year’s field was not as strong as last year’s, he did think that local favorites Apostle and Show Me the Money were strong contenders.

“I think Show Me the Money and Apostle are the front runners. These horses know their way around the Savannah and they are tough animals. To be honest, besides one hiccup from Apostle, they always perform on the day. You always have to be weary of those horses.

“I’m not riding a front runner so I won’t be duelling for any lead anyway. I’ll let them carry on and hopefully they’ll have a fight for the lead with someone else. That way, the race will be set up perfect for me. I just really want to win this race and whoever I chose, I just hope he gives me a good ride.”

John Brian, who placed second to Pure Temptation in the 2008 Gold Cup, will be starting in Gate 6.

Reward Me is currently reserve No. 1.

Holland will be using the 2011 Sandy Lane Gold Cup as a precursor for the 2011 English racing season which begins at Doncaster on March 28th.

Holland on ‘John Brian’, 7yr bay gelding: “I’ve sat on him twice – Thursday morning for a canter and yesterday (Saturday). He is a big, strong horse and he was actually a bit keen yesterday. He is a horse that will probably be well placed. He’s not going to be too far forward or too far back. He’s a horse that travels up the field as the race wears on. He has good cruising speed and a slowly run race will not suit him..but normally, he likes to go forward.”

Holland on ‘Reward Me’, 4yr bay gelding: “He’s a big, imposing horse and he likes to get his toes in the ground. He’s such a heavy horse and on firm ground, he’d probably be like a cat on hot bricks. A surprise to most, he may just turn out to be the dark horse of this whole thing.”

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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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Trainer confident Rocamadour can win

By Petra Harvey | The Barbados Advocate | 27th February, 2011

The 2011 edition of the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup is being described by pundits as one of the more open fields in the history of the race.

However, if there is one horse that many feel has a good chance of winning the prestigious race, it is the Melrose Racing/Clifton Racing-owned Rocamadour. Rocamadour pulled post position two at the draw last Thursday, right next to another local favourite Show Me The Money, which pulled post position one.

The five-year-old bay colt stunned everyone at the Garrison last year to win the Val Gale Cup, from a field that included the likes of Pure Temptation, Apostle, Zoom and Show Me The Money. However, in his very next race, the Queen’s Plate, Rocamadour picked up a serious injury that saw him out of action until Boxing Day last year.

Trainer Jonathan Simpson spoke to the Barbados Advocate and he admitted he is quietly confident that his charge will bring home the bacon next Saturday, especially with Jono Jones in the saddle. Jones has won the Gold Cup four times in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 and is tied with Venice Richards for most Gold Cup wins.

“I think post position two is fantastic. Any position on the inside between two and maybe eight, going over nine furlongs, is a nice draw. With post position two Rocamadour has the ability that he can go to front. He has early speed and what I think he will try to do is to get out and Jono Jones can get him in a good position and play the race out from there. As we see most of the speed horses have been drawn in the outside four boxes so that is going to be interesting,” said Simpson.

Simpson also added that Rocamadour is coming along nicely after his injury scare last year. During last year’s Queen’s Plate Handicap, Rocamadour shattered the entire bottom of his left front foot and had to be sent out to pasture. However, Simpson noted they are pleased with his recovery as Rocamadour is looking again to spring some surprises.

“He came back big and strong and came fifth on Boxing Day in the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy. He turned for home and he was last and he was swallowing them up, every yard he was getting closer and closer.

“We have been trying very hard to keep him fit for this race and at this moment I would say he is as fit as he has ever been or fitter. We are working him on the track very early to get the best track, so not a lot of people have seen him. So we are coming like a stealth bomber,” said Simpson.


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Sandy Lane City parade

www.nationnews.com | By Lisa King | Sat, February 26, 2011

The pomp and pageantry of the Sandy Lane Gold Cup took to the City streets today.

It was a lead up to next week’s big sporting day on the race track.

The parade left Kensington Oval with the Royal Barbados Police Force mounted division, the police band, the dance troupe and 100-plus Sandy Lane staffers dressed in pink T-shirts along with the Trident Elite Cheer and Dance group whose gymnastic moves and dance routines entertained the scores of onlookers who lined the streets.

With flags waving and calypso music playing, the parade progressed along Princess Alice Highway, onto Broad Street and ended in Independence Square for a concert featuring resident performer at Sandy Lane, Keturah and local singer Toni Norville.

Robert Logan, General Manager of Sandy Lane Hotel said this year was significant for Sandy Lane as it will be the 15th year the hotel has been the title sponsor of the island’s 30 year old premier horse racing event.


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by Charlie Heath | December 12, 2010

Lady Wililams (left) Sir Charles Williams (right) Leading in Slip Stream

Breeder/Owner, Sir Charles Williams had an outstanding day yesterday, at the Garrison Savannah, the fourth day of the Barbados Turf Club’s third racing season. Four of the horses he bred won, including the relentless flying filly, Slip Stream, who cantered to victory in the Diamonds International/MontBlanc La Boheme Female Challenge Stakes & Trophy, for West Indian bred 2-year-olds ( Fillies only) going 1100 metres.

Sir Charles also bred Istanbul and Island Memories, the two to finished first and second in the the other feature, the Diamonds International/MontBlanc Star Walker Male Challenge Stakes & Trophy, for West Indian Bred 2-year-olds (Colts & geldings) going 1100 metres. He also bred the winners of race five, Bond Street, and Jamaica Moon, the winner of the final race.

Leaving the gates in the Colts & Geldings division, Jack Is Back, owned  by Faraway Stables, trained by E.C. ‘Clayton’ Greenidge, and ridden by Affrie Ward took an early lead, while the Lord Michael Taylor owned pair of Istanbul and Island Memories were tracking just a few lengths back.

Turning for home, Jack Is Back started to fade, while the Andy Ward trained pair of Istanbul, with Jalon Samuel, and Island Memories with Renaldo Cumberbatch were getting into full flight.

As they straightened for home, Istanbul and Island Memories hit the front and became locked in a neck and neck battle to the wire. In the end it was Samuel on Istanbul that hit the line first from Island Memories. Third was the Fiona Kinch owned, Roger Parravicino trained Verizon, with Kenny John in the saddle.Jack Is Back held on for fourth.

First out of the gates in the Fillies division was Neversaynever, but after 20 metres the Sir Charles Williams and Lady Williams owned Slip Stream literally flew past and opened a gap of five lengths in the first furlong. She was followed by Neversaynever, and the Danehill Racing owned Lune De Barachois, trained by Victor Cheeseman, with Antonio Bishop in the irons.

After they had covered two furlongs the flying filly opened a seven length lead, and it was all over baring the shouting, and once again she cruised home an easy winner from Lune De Barachois. Third was the John D. Chandler owned and trained, Sweet Bottom Suzy, with Dario Dalrymple in the saddle. Indian Soul finishing fourth.

Sir Charles Williams was also the leading owner on the day, winning race five with Bond Street, race six with Slip Stream who is owned by him and his wife, Lady Williams, and the final race with Jamaica Moon. The trainer of the day was Andrew Nunes who saddled three winners.

Anderson Trotman was the jockey of the day with three wins, which puts him one win ahead of young apprentice Jalon Samuel. Racing continues on Monday December 27, with the final Diamonds International as a feature. The fillies will meet the colts & geldings for the first time in the series, where they will also be going 1570 metres for the first time. The second feature on the day is the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, where the top class horses will meet over 1570 metres.

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