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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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Graeme Hill wins in style

Jockey Kyle Carter stunned the field with a runaway victory aboard Graeme Hill in the feature race. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Sun, January 29, 2012

Spectacularly ridden by wonder boy Kyle Carter, Graeme Hill easily took the 13th edition of the Coolmore “Home Of Champions” Stakes & Trophy on a firm Garrison Savannah track yesterday.

It was a performance that would easily cement his place in the starting line-up for the prestigious Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup just over a month away.

Jockey Carter allowed the son of Graeme Hall out of Lucky Lady Lucy to canter along at the back of the nine-horse field in the (Gr.1.-Bar) race for three-year-old and older horses rated 118-140 (weight for age) and also open to horses rated 117 and below over 1 800 metres.

The Bill and Haley Blevin-owned colt Graeme Hill strode past some tired pace-setters gong towards the two-furlong marker as the original leaders Captain Sully, Lil Man Arran, Kingdora, Giovedi, John Brian and the favourite Daga had all come under pressure.

Entering the homestretch widest of all, Graeme Hill continued to stride out effortlessly for the victory.

This victory was even more significant for his connections and trainer Jonathon Simpson as they eventually finished first, second and fourth in the afternoon feature event.

Giovedi, partnered by Reshaun Latchman, ran on tenaciously to take second, while Indanger under Antonio Bishop ran another good race, closing from way back and getting up in time for third position. Lil Man Arran saw out his race well, finishing fourth with jockey Anderson Trotman astride.

This result could easily see these four joining top creoles Zoom, Apostle and Show Me The Money, who clearly cemented their spots last race day for the big race.

The disappointment of the race was the performance of Daga and John Brian whose entry in the Gold Cup now rests with the jury.

Equally as impressive yesterday was the telling blow delivered by Janaki, owned by the Estate Of Yusuf Mongroo. Under Kenny John, she turned back ten others when taking the supporting feature race, the Diamonds International Montblanc Challenge Sprint Trophy Handicap.

The Boston John-trained filly, who has not been nominated at the first two stages for the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint, defeated five other nominees in that race for four-year-old and older horses rated 75-100 and also open to horses rated 74 and below over 1 100 metres.

Those who felt her fury were Byhookorbycreek, Vitality, Purr Class, Istanbul and Greeley Gone West, with the latter two finishing third and fourth respectively.

Vitality was quickest away from the gates, joined by Desert Orchid and Dark Knight with Janaki stalking in fourth position.

As the tempo quickened going towards the two-furlong pole, Janaki took closer order, while Istanbul ridden by Rico Walcott, Greeley Gone West under Jalon Samuel, and Run Alke Run partnered by Paul Eddery (eventually second) could be seen making rapid headway.

Janaki, by virtue of having stolen first run, romped home for the comfortable victory. It was a performance that could very well make her connections rethink their decision not to nominate her for the Sandy Lane Spa.

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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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Zoom sends early signal

Jockey Reshawn Latchman pushing favourite Aston Martin across the finish line to win the BTBA Breeders Stakes and Trophy. (Kenmore Bynoe)

nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Sun, January 22, 2012

BLANKET FINISHES were the order of the day on Errol Barrow Day bank holiday at the Garrison Savannah, yesterday.

When the curtain came down on the Barbados Turf Club’s second day of the first racing season, this island’s top three creoles – Apostle, Show Me The Money and Zoom – had exploded in a dramatic finish.

On the good to soft track, last year’s Gold Cup winner Zoom sent a warning to challengers interested in capturing the 2012 Gold Cup he would be no pushover.

Superbly ridden by regular pilot Antonio Bishop, the Gay Smith-owned gelding captured the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Garrison Turf Stakes and Trophy Condition race over 2 000 metres.

The son of Super Jeblar out of Flying Dove, trained by Edward Walcott Jr, recorded his third triumph in this event in the last four years by defeating more fancied Show Me The Money and Apostle.

At the start, Apostle led Show Me The Money, Silk N Satin, Zoom, Sea Gypsy, Kendal Moon and Leave It To Me, in that order. Fractions of 26.4, 50.1, 1:17.1 and 1:44.1 proved too stiff for any horse rated under 100 as the big trio moved ahead going to the three-furlong marker.

Clearly a three-horse race to the finish, Apostle was the first to give way mid-stretch, leaving Show Me The Money and Zoom to duel to the finish.

Zoom prevailed on the outside, much to the delight of his jockey Bishop, who punched the air in celebration as they stopped the clock at 2:09.4.

Under jockey Paul Eddery, Show Me The Money was second. Apostle, partnered by Jalon Samuel, was third, with Kendal Moon and Jonathon Grant back in fourth position.

Easily the most loved juvenile in Barbados, Aston Martin simply blew away his competition in the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy over 1 570 metres.

Armchair pilot Reshaun Latchman settled the Mark Armstrong-owned and Victor Cheeseman-trained colt at the back of the field early on. Latchman pressed the go button at the three-furlong pole and with the issue never in doubt, Aston Martin speed past his Barbados-bred three-year-old rivals to claim the 1 570 metres event.

Galaxy, under Bishop continues to improve, getting up for second place. Capere, ridden by Kyle Carter, who had earlier contested the lead with early pace-setter Rickoshey, held on spiritedly for third while Rickoshey and jockey Paul Eddery faded to fourth.

Arguably the afternoon’s most exciting finish came in the Ichi Ban Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 105-130 and also open to horses rated 104 and below over 1 100 metres. Locked in battle at the top of the home stretch, the Sir David Seale-owned horse Preach To Me got up in a tremendous driving finish to deny Erados with Bishop aboard.

With a slender lead, Erados seemed to have it won but Preach To Me found that little extra to get the victory. Peaceful Envoy, with Samuel up, took third, with Dark Knight and jockey Anderson Trotman finishing fourth.

Jockey Antonio Whitehall was the star of the day as he recorded four winners – Between The Sheiks, Vapour Trail, Shared Adventure and Boo, in that order.

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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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Blast from past | The Nation

Blast from past | The Nation

Trinidadian Emile Ramsammy makes a return to the Garrison Savannah today. (FP)

By Lindon Yarde | Sat, December 10, 2011

Racing nostalgia returns to the historic Garrison Savannah today when Trinidadian-born, Canadian-based two-time Sovereign Award-winning jockey Emile Ramsammy takes to the saddle.

Ramsammy, who is no stranger to the Garrison, has piloted Frisky Wharf (1985), Stangrave Park (1987) and Call To Account (1988) to victory in what was then the Cockspur Gold Cup.

Ramsammy, who was recently honoured in Trinidad and Tobago, comes here in riveting form, having scored three victories last Saturday at Santa Rosa Park in the US$650 000 Caribbean Nations Racing Challenge.

He will partner Atomic Bomb, Finbar, and speedy Must Be The Money in Races 2, 7 and 8.

The afternoon highlight will see the juveniles in action when colts and geldings will compete in Race 5: the Diamonds International/Mont Blanc Meisterstuck Stakes & Trophy for West Indian-bred two-year-olds over 1 000 metres.

The second half of the feature – the Diamonds International/Mont Blanc Nightflight Stakes & Trophy for West Indian bred two-year-old fillies – will see three former winners fighting it out.

The order in which they won is Capere, Verkauf and Secret Of Success, and the winner is likely to come from among them in a race which is likely to go right down to the wire.

Blue Diamond Stable-owned Verkauf trotted home in the R.L. Seale & Company Limited Trophy Allotted Weights for two-year-old maidens over 1 100 metres. In that race she left Secret Of Success in her wake.

Verkauf was then fourth in the Kathleen Taylor Memorial Condition race over 1 100 metres. She is the one they will all have to beat.

Diana Jones-owned Secret Of Success, when scoring in the Kingdora Condition race for two-year-olds over 1 100 metres, simply ran past the field that included Release Me and Southern Lights.

While they didn’t offer much competition, it was one of the most impressive two-year-old victories. She stands another excellent chance for repeat success.

Raphael Greene-owned Capere won the Kabul Allotted Weights race over 1 100 metres. On that occasion one of her victims was Secret Of Success.

While Capere has not revisited the winner’s enclosure, she has been consistent and will want to prove she is amongst the best fillies. However, the outside draw does not help.

Trainer Andrew Nunes will send out Southern Lights who has three starts against her name.

After placing third in her first outing, Southern Lights made a feeble attempt at running her opposition into the ground. Her connections will be looking for a much improved performance despite the outside berth.

Release Me, Leave A Message, Rahy Promise and Mudlark will all look to improve on their dismal showing to date, while first-time starters Finbar, Lyrical Fox and Right Move will all seek to create a favourable impression.

 

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John is back

John is back


www.nationnews.com | Sun, November 20, 2011

The name may be as simple as they come, even for a race horse.

But don’t left the name fool you.

John Brian is back with a bang, having not won since December 2009.

One of the island’s top three-year-olds, the Liz Deane-trained horse, showed all and sundry how to make a comeback, storming to victory in the Queen’s Plate Handicap, when the Barbados Turf Club’s second racing season continued yesterday at the Garrison Savannah.

And what an impressive field to do it against.

John Brian’s victory came against the likes of former Sandy Lane Gold Cup winners Daga and Mingun Temple.

In this Kenmore Bynoe picture, John Brian, with Ricky Walcott aboard, slamming the field in yesterday’s feature race.

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Husbands wins five at Woodbine

www.nationnews.com | Sun, August 21, 2011 

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Patrick Husbands continued his impressive vein of winning form with a five-timer that included one of the feature events in yesterday’s 10-race card at the Woodbine Racetrack.

The ace Barbadian reinsman now has 111 wins for the season – and is 17 adrift of current leader Luis Contreras with the season set to finish on December 4 this year.

Husbands claimed his 16th stakes victory for the year in North America, steering the 7-5 favourite Stars to Shine to an convincing 3 ¾-length victory over Ariana D, under Omar Moreno, in the CAN $100 000 Belle Mahone Stakes in the sixth race.

Stars to Shine, a four-year-old, dark bay colt, completed her first career stakes win in one minute, 43.77 seconds for a 1 700-metre trip around the Polytrack.

Husbands put Stars to Shine to stalk the early pacesetter, and close four-wide on the far turn – but his mount was full of run around the final turn.

He put her to challenge near the quarter pole, and took command at the top of the stretch before widening the lead under a steady drive to the wire.

Husbands had opened the programme with a half-length victory on the odds-on favourite Dancin David – owned by renowned Barbadian businessman and racehorse owner Sir David Seale – in the CAN $37 200 first race over 1 200m.

He followed with another half-length victory on the 4-5 favourite Blue Heart in the CAN $67 100 second race, going 1 200m.

Husbands further stamped his authority with a 3 ¼-length victory on the 2-1 favourite Sports Select in the CAN $74 800 third race over 1 200m.

Compatriot Slade Callaghan did well to hold him off with a two-length victory on the 66-5 outsider Truly Amazing in the CAN $39 100 fifth race, going 1 200m.

But Husbands returned to win the Belle Mahone, and added a three-length victory on the 1-1 favourite Dr. Funkenstein in the CAN $30 500 penultimate race over 1 400m. (CMC)

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US$650 000 raceday in Trinidad

www.nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Sun, August 21, 2011

Trinidad and Tobago is set to host the richest raceday in the history of horse racing in the Caribbean. Arima Racing Authority and Caribbean Racing Promotions Limited will stage the inaugural running of the Caribbean Nations Racing Challenge Raceday on Saturday, December 3.

The ten-race card will be held at that country’s lone racing facility Santa Rosa Park and carries a total purse of US$650 000. This information was revealed by advisor to the Trinidad and Tobago Racing Industry, Christopher Armond at a specially called meeting held Thursday at the offices of the Barbados Turf Club.

This US$2 million project is for Caribbean nations. Countries which were invited to participate are Barbados, Jamaica, Martinique, St Kitts and Trinidad and Tobago.

In reference to St Kitts’ participation Armond said that that country was expected to ascertain recognition from the International Turf Authority by August 29, failing which it would not be allowed to compete.

Armond was accompanied by chief government veterinarian Dr David Kangaloo who spoke about quarantine requirements for horses to enter Trinidad and Tobago. Up to press time the committee was still awaiting the approval of the cabinet of Trinidad and Tobago for the raceday but Armond assured racing enthusiasts that the event would go ahead.

“We have earmarked US$200 000 to transport the horses from and back to the respective territories. The race card features seven races on the main track and three on the turf track.

“Our main track accommodates 16 runners and our turf 12 runners. Half of each field will be reserved for Trinidad and Tobago horses and a minimum of one horse from each invited country.”

In order to qualify for entry in these races all horses must be domiciled in Trinidad and the invited country by October 1.

A horse can be nominated for a maximum of two races and there are three nomination stages those being stage one – October 5, stage two – November 2 and the final stage – November 23.

The performance of each horse will be reassessed after each nomination by a handicapping panel.

This undertaking is expected to generate further revenue for Trinidad whose major foreign exchange comes from natural gas and oil and is now seeking to build its sports tourism industry.

“This is Trinidad’s way of giving back and rewarding those investors in the Caribbean who each year invest so heavily in horse racing to keep this industry going,” Armond noted.

The facility at Santa Rosa Park can accommodate 7 000 people while air conditioned tents will be erected on the infield to house a further 800 or 900 people.

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Slip Stream after double

www.nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Sat, July 09, 2011

Imperious filly Slip Stream will look to add the second jewel of the Barbados Triple Crown – the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders Association Midsummer Creole Classic – to her impressive record.

This event for West Indian-bred three-year-olds over 1 800 metres at allotted weights is the main attraction today at the Garrison Savannah.

Slip Stream, with her record of six wins and two seconds from nine starts, scored a thrilling victory in the first leg of the Barbados Triple Crown series when she ran her opponents into the turf in the Barbados Guineas over 1 570 metres.

Having defeated most of the opponents entered today, she cannot expect to go unchallenged. However, her connections will be anticipating the same results – a win. She goes here fresh, fast and fighting fit.

Stablemate Kendal Moon, after a disappointing performance in the first leg of the Triple Crown, rebounded with a commanding victory in the Barbados Fillies Guineas.

Prior to that victory she placed third in the Ginger Punch Handicap for horses rated 58-80, both races over 1 570 metres. Based on those two efforts she is now seen as the major threat to Slip Stream and a turn of the table will come as no surprise.

The end results of the Barbados Guineas left the powerful Blue Diamonds Stable licking its wounds after its five entrants could only muster second and fourth place finishes.

Having returned to the drawing board, it is expected that trainer Anderson Ward will have the right ammunition for what appears tailor-made for a Kendal one-two finish, at least on form.

Istanbul looks to spearhead this attack once again, having won two Grade II events – the Guardian General Insurance Breeders’ Stakes And Trophy and the Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopeful Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy, both at 1 570 metres.

Istanbul appeared leg weary in his fourth-placed finish in the Barbados Guineas. He has been refreshed and is expected to vie for his seventh victory, which will be no easy feat.

Trainer Ward’s back-up weapon has to be Island Memories. Although he has failed to win a graded race since turning three, he has been very consistent and always appears in need of the extra ground.

He is expected to find a place, if not causing an upset.

Must Be The Money made every yard in the Heaven Scent Condition race for non-winners of two races over 1 570 metres. On that performance, I expect him to go with some pace, but not be around for the finish. Vitality could be handed the same assignment with a similar fate.

Reprise, Victoria Belle and Sweet Bottom Suzy have all shown some ability but this assignment appears beyond them, while Angelic Peace, Fernandina and Volcanic all look well short

of the required standard.

My Picks:

Race 1: Divine Destiny

Race 2: No Spin Zone

Race 3: Vandross

Race 4: King Of Diamonds

Race 5: Spellbound

Race 6: Kendal Moon

Race 7: Golden Moment

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It’s on! It’s on! You wouldn’t want to miss the long and eagerly anticipated return clash between Show Me The Money, Apostle and Zoom

Show Me The Money has not raced since the 2011 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup and will be up against Apostle and Zoom today. (FP)

By Lindon Yarde | www.nationnews.com | Sat, June 25, 2011

It’s on! It’s on! You wouldn’t want to miss the long and eagerly anticipated return clash between Show Me The Money, Apostle and Zoom.

They last met in this year’s Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup where Show Me The Money and Apostle went head to head. The race, however, ended in controversy with Show Me The Money being disqualified and the win being awarded to Zoom.

They will seek to settle these outstanding matters when they square off today at the Garrison Savannah for the feature race – the Val Gale Cup.

This weight-for-age event for three-year-old and older horses rated 118-140 and also open to horses rated 117 and below over 1 800 metres has attracted three other competitors and looks to be a thriller.

Regardless of the outcome, one surety is that more excitement will be created in the horse racing industry which is basically lacking equine stars.

Lord Michael Taylor-owned Show Me The Money has not raced since the Gold Cup. The Anderson Ward-trained horse, which finished second in last year’s edition of this race, is expected to be sound and can put his immense ability beyond doubt with a powerful performance, thus proving his Gold Cup form not to be a fluke.

Apostle has not appeared since his participation in the Gold Cup this year; additionally he has only one victory in the last year-and-a-half, but remains the highest rated animal in the race.

With compelling credentials and nothing to prove, local favourite Apostle is expected to attempt to run this field into the ground. Having served this country well against the highest calibre of opposition he will need another career best if he is to resume his winning ways. 

As he gracefully ages, this racing game has obviously gotten harder on this seven-year-old gelding. It is left to be seen if he still has it in him.

Zoom, winner of this year’s Gold Cup, extended his winning ways with a 1¾ length victory in the Lost In The Fog Trophy Handicap for the top rated horses 115-140 over 1 100 metres. Definitely past his best where sprinting is concerned, he will relish a return to the 1 800 metres trip and seek win No. 4 on the trot.

Zoom will want to ensure his stable’s shocking pink silk passes the line first and further strengthen the debate as to who’s the best horse in training at present and that he was in every way a deserving winner of the Caribbean’s premiere horse racing event.

This being a weight-for-age race really seems to put the others at a very serious disadvantage. Bipin on previous attempts at the trip has been found wanting on each occasion. Ring Time and Kingdora have both tried this company before at the shorter trip of 1 570 metres, both handicapped with the penny stamp of 108 pounds, and with their best efforts failed to get the job done.

In horse racing nothing is guaranteed but rest assured Ring Time and Kingdora are up against rivals at the peak of their powers and are expected to come up way short.

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