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Two to watch

Rico Walcott on board Show Me The Money (l) slipping the field and holding off Zoom to win the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy. (Kenmore Bynoe)

By Lindon Yarde | Tue, December 27, 2011 | www.nationnews.com

On a good to firm track, patrons witnessed the performances of two future stars in Aston Martin and Show Me The Money as horse racing 2011 closed yesterday at the Garrison Savannah with some tremendous finishes before a large crowd.

First up it was the awesome looking Aston Martin who drew first blood in Race 5, the Diamonds International/ MontBlanc Challenge Stakes and Trophy for West Indian bred two-year-olds over 1 570 metres.

Aston Martin, under champion apprentice Reshaun Latchman, strode to a scintillating one-and-a-half length victory.

When starter Mark Batson sent them on the way, the Mark Armstrong-owned colt was tucked away behind early leaders Rickoshey, Southern Lights, Capere, Secret Of Success and Dipitinmoney.

While Rickoshey took them along at a leisurely gallop going towards the three-furlong pole, Aston Martin could be seen making rapid headway on the outside.

Entering the home stretch, Rickoshey under Rico Walcott, continued to lead with Aston Martin in hot pursuit and closing with every stride. He was then switched from the outside to the inside rail and sailed away for the win.

Risckoshey held on for second place, while Capere, ridden by Kyle Carter, ran impressively to finish third, with Divine Destiny and Ricky Walcott in the irons back in the fourth spot.

That win was one of three for Latchman, who in the process captured the champion apprentice jockey title.

His other wins were with Indian Officer which took the Diamonds International Gift Condition race Division “A” for West Indian-bred two-year-old maidens over 1 570 metres, and Giovedi, which won the Diamonds International Crown Of Light Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 68-90 and also open to horses rated 67 and below over 1 800 metres.

The day’s other supporting feature, the Victor Chandler Stakes and Trophy for three-year-olds and older over 1 570 metres, was impressively won by Lord Michael Taylor-owned Show Me The Money under Rico Walcott.

Never challenged for the entire journey, the pair sailed home for the popular victory to the applause of the appreciative crowd. With this performance, he put up his hand as one of the leading contenders for the main event next year, the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup.

Zoom, under regular pilot Antonio Bishop, who lost his apprenticeship during the course of the day, stalked the early leaders but was never able to get on terms. He was, however, good enough to take second position.

Mingun Temple, paired with jockey Anderson Trotman, came from way back to be third, while Daga, ridden by Paul Eddery, was back in fourth.

The Barbados Turf Club’s first season of racing for 2012 gets going on Monday and will be sponsored once again by Diamonds International MontBlanc.

Post time is 1 p.m.

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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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Wide open race in main event

Extra pounds and fitness concerns may mitigate the chances of Show Me The Money. (FP)

By Lindon Yarde | Mon, December 26, 2011 | nationnews.com

It is the day after Christmas and the Victor Chandler Stakes and Trophy for three-year-olds and older over 1 570 metres appears a wide open affair today at the Garrison Savannah.

This race which attracts the most attention after the Gold Cup and the Derby is seen as a precursor to the pattern event to come the first Saturday in March.

Zoom and John Brian are the only horses to have won during this third season.

Zoom returned to winning ways after a little slump with a workmanlike victory in the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Breeders Classic for Barbados-bred horses over 1 800 metres. That being a much softer field, his connections could relish their chances here as Zoom meets all and sundry at a more favourable weight.

John Brian made a welcome return to the winner’s circle when he took the Queen’s Plate Handicap over 1 800 metres. The Sir David Seale-owned horse dead-heated in this race with Areyoutalkintome in the 2009 edition and has a good record in this event. However, he is now up 14 pounds today and that could be the deciding factor for him.

Mingun Temple is back to defend his crown. After an eight-month layoff he ran well last effort but could very well be still in need of this run. Show Me The Money has been in good form like most during the second season. His last attempt at this trip resulted in a hard-fought victory in the T.A. “Tommy” Peirce Memorial Stakes And Trophy.

There is some concern over his fitness as he had been entered twice and was withdrawn. Added to that, he now goes up nine pounds on his last effort – two crucial mitigating factors for his chances.

Stable mate Daga had her winning streak snapped when John Brian inflicted corporal punishment in the Queen’s Plate field.

But once you throw out that last effort she still has room to improve and should give another good account against these more hardened horses.

Purr Class has competed most of her career at the shorter trip of 1 570 metres and on the odd occasions that she has been stretched out, she has acquitted herself well, finishing second and third behind Indanger and Bouncebak.

Fusaichi Ridge has certainly caught the eye with three very good performances. It seems every time this three-year old maiden filly goes up in class she features prominently.

The Aysha Syndicate-owned filly has three second-place finishes on the trot against horses rated 58-80, 68-90 and then 98-120. She has shown the ability, seems to have a big heart while very much improved. She also carries her stable’s best chance.

Bipin has now strung together two ordinary performances in his latest efforts. He was fourth in this event last year and even the likelihood of a place position would be welcome.

Lil Man Arran and Graeme Hill, both from the Jonathon Simpson stables, are improving three-year-olds with a good future ahead of them. Bird Watch and Charge It complete the field. These veterans have been scarce through the year and look best left alone.

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DIAMONDS INT/MONTBLANC STAKES & TROPHY VERY COMPETITIVE

Charlie Heath | Friday 23rd December, 2011 | Barbados Advocate

The Diamonds International/Montblanc Challenge Stakes & Trophy for West Indian bred 2-year-olds, going 1570 metres, is one of the most competitive races on the Barbados Turf Club’s 10 race card on Boxing Day.

Ten of the best 2-year-olds in training are down to face starter Mark Batson. Dipitinmoney, is coming off of two straight wins, of which both are over 1570 metres, so she could start as the one favoured to win.

Rickoshey, is a good looker, and in only his second start last time out he won, and has to be considered.

Something Happenin, shocked all at the Garrison Savannah on 19 November, when she won first time out at odds of 58/1. She finished as though the 1570 metres should not trouble her.

Aston Martin, is a handsome colt, that is yet to win, finishing second to Dipitinmoney last time out. Should this fellow be held up, and given anything near a good ride, he could be very difficult to beat.

Secret Of Success is a winner, while Roars, Southern Lights, Divine Destiny, and Capere are all capable contenders. (CH)

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TEN RACE CARD FOR MONDAY, 26 DECEMBER

Charlie Heath | Thursday 22nd December, 2011 | Barbados Advocate

The Barbados Turf Club has a 10 race card scheduled for Monday, 26 December (Boxing Day), with three very lucrative feature races,including the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, and the Diamonds International/Montblanc Challenge Series Stakes & Trophy.

At a press conference held at the Incitatus Members Lounge, the Grandstand, Garrison on Tuesday, Barbados Turf Club (BTC) Director, Luther Miller 111 JP, thanked Diamonds International/ Mont Blanc for their continued sponsorship of their series of races.

The BTC Director, also took the opportunity to thank Mr & Mrs Michael Tabour for their continued and generous contribution of $50,000 and a Trophy to the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy.

The first of the three feature races to be run, is the Boxing Day International Trophy (Condition Race) for 2-year-olds, going1570 meters,carrying a purse of $30,000.

This race has attracted seven United States bred horses. Indian Officer is allotted the top weight of 123 pounds, while A.P. Vincero, Intrepid Dancer and Discreetwon take 116.

This is followed by the Diamonds/International/Montblanc Challenge Series Stakes & Trophy, for West Indian Bred 2-year-olds, going 1570 metres, carrying a purse of $40,000.

A full gate of 12 horses are entered here, including, Something Happenin, Roars, Rickoshey, Dipitinmoney, and Aston Martin. Colts & Geldings take 123 pounds and Fillies 118.

The final feature on the day is the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, for 3-year-olds and over, going 1570 metres, with a purse of $50,000.  This one is over subscribed, as 13 horses have taken entry, which means there is one reserve, which is the creole Istanbul.

Seven horses will take the top weight of 128 pounds, and they are Zoom, Bipin, Show Me The Money, Bird Watch, John Brian, Mingun Temple, and Charge It. (CH)

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Ten Race Card for Boxing Day

12/22/2011 | Charlie Heath | Barbados Advocate

The Barbados Turf Club has a 10 race card scheduled for Monday, 26 December (Boxing Day), with three very lucrative feature races, including the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, and the Diamonds International/MontBlanc Challenge Series Stakes & Trophy.

At a press conference held at the Incitatus Members Lounge, the Grandstand, Garrison on Tuesday, Barbados Turf Club (BTC) Director, Luther Miller 111 JP, thanked Diamonds International/ MontBlanc for their continued sponsorship of their series of races.

The BTC Director also took the opportunity to thank Mr & Mrs Michael Tabour for their continued and generous contribution of $50,000 and a Trophy to the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy.

The first of the three feature races to be run, is the Boxing Day International Trophy (Condition Race) for 2-year-olds, going 1570 metres, carrying a purse of $30,000. This race has attracted seven United States bred horses. Indian Officer is allotted the top weight of 123 pounds, while A.P. Vincero, Intrepid Dancer and Discreetwon take 116.

This is followed by the Diamonds International/MontBlanc Challenge Series Stakes & Trophy, for West Indian Bred 2-year-olds, going 1570 metres, carrying a purse of $40,000.

A full gate of 12 horses are entered here, including, Something’s Happenin, Roars, Rickoshey, Dipitinmoney, and Aston Martin. Colts & Geldings take 123 pounds and Fillies 118.

The final feature on the day is the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, for 3-year-olds and over, going 1570 metres, with a purse of $50,000. This one is over subscribed, as 13 horses have taken entry, which means there is one reserve, which is the creole Istanbul.

Seven horses will take the top weight of 128 pounds, and they are Zoom, Bipin, Show Me The Money, Bird Watch, John Brian, Mingun Temple, and Charge It. (CH)

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JALON SAMUEL STEALS THE SHOW AT THIS YEAR’S FINAL RACE DAY

JALON SAMUEL STEALS THE SHOW AT THIS YEAR’S FINAL RACE DAY

December 28, 2010 by Charlie Health

The Barbados Turf Club could not have hoped for a better days racing to bring down the curtains on the 2010 season. There were many things factored in to make it a day to remember, starting with the West Indian bred 2-year-old fillies battling against the colts and gelding, going 1570 metres, in the final of the Diamonds International/ Montblanc Bonus Challenge Stakes & Trophy.

The flying filly Slip Stream, who dominated the sprint distances was going 1570 metres for the first time, and the question to be answered was if she could get the distance, especially against such colts as Istambul, Island Memories and Must Be In The Money.

Then there was the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, going 1570, where the best of the creoles were coming up against the imported horses. In addition, the Jockey Title for the year was up for grabs with Anderson Trotman going into the day on 34 wins, one ahead of apprentice Jalon Samuel, who was on 33. The two were also in a battle for the title for the season, as they were both locked on seven wins.

Added to this was the battle for the 2010 Trainers Title. Naz Issa went into the day with his horses earning $462,399 while Andrew Nunes was close on his heels with earnings of $442,677, a lead of $19,722, and for Nunes to win, he would have to saddle the winner of the lucrative Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy.

Still another battle was on between the trainers for the title of the season, this time between Anderson Ward who only this year hung up his boots, and took out a trainers license, and the seasoned Andrew Nunes. Ward was going in with a $38,927 lead over Nunes. For the trainers title by wins, Ward was going in with eight wins, and Nunes with seven.

There was also a carryover superfecta of $3,500 going into race eight, and a carryover of $1,500 in the days pick 4 wager. Who could ask for more?

The first feature run off was the Diamonds International/ Montblanc Bonus Challenge Stakes and Trophy, and it was the Sir Charles Williams speedy filly Slip Stream, trained by Andrew Nunes and ridden by Anderson Trotman who tried to make all the running, but Jalon Samuel on the Lord Michael Taylor owned, Must Be In The Money, would not give her any breathing room, and kept on her heels. Turning for home she started to feel the pressure and began to back pedal, while Must Be In Te Money was also starting to come up short, and at the same time the Lord Michael Taylor, Andy Ward trained pair of Istanbul, and Island Memories with Kyle Carter and Renaldo Cumberbatch were in full flight and they went on to finish first and second respectively. Must Be In The Money held on for third, giving Lord Michael Taylor and Any Ward a one-two-three finish, while Jack Is Back finished fourth.

In the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, Apostle and Areutalkiintome were out of the gates quickly, but were immediately joined by Charge It.

These three contested the lead until Anderson Trotman on the Amanda Marshall-Way & Helen Spencer owned Mingun Temple, trained by Andrew Nunes, came from off the pace to pick up the running, and go on to a very easy victory. The Gay Smith owned, Zoom, trained by Edward Walcott Jnr, and ridden by Renaldo Cumberbatch, ran a beauty of a race to take second place. The Sir David Seale owned John Brian, trained by Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Deane, and ridden by Ricky Walcott, came from a long was back to finish third, while Bipin was fourth.

However, the day belonged to apprentice jockey Jalon Samuel, who only two months ago turned seventeen. He rode with the confidence and skill of a jockey much older than his age. He landed four winners on the day, starting in race two when winning on Vitality, he then won the third race with Reprise, and followed that up by winning the next race on Daga, and he then put the icing on the cake by winning race eight on Zaltarr, which gave have not only the jockey title of the year, but also the apprentice title of the year. Added to that he also ended up winning the jockey title of the season.

Only two years ago Samuel was issued an apprentice license, and already he is left with only one win to become a full jockey. Trainer Andrew Nunes looking for his first trainers title in Barbados, came up big time, when winning with Mingun Temple, as it was that win that put him ahead of Naz Issa, and gave him the 2010 Trainers Title.

Trainer Andy Ward not only had a good day yesterday, saddling four winners, but he also had an outstanding season winning both the trainers title by wins, and by earnings for the third season.

Lord Michael Taylor also had an outstanding day yesterday, winning four races, and ended up as Champion Owner for 2010.

Sir Charles Williams easily took the title as Champion Breeder, as he ended the year way ahead of any of the other breeders.

The 2011 season gets underway on Saturday January 8.

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OUTSTANDING RACE CARD FOR MONDAY, 27 DECEMBER

By Charlie Heath | Monday 27 December, 2010

Three feature races are slated to bring down the curtains on the Barbados Turf Club’s final day of racing for 2010 on Monday, December 27.

There are nine exciting races carded for the day, and the first feature is race five, which will be the fifth and final Diamonds International/MontBlanc Bonus races, which is the Diamonds International/MontBlanc Challenge Stakes & Trophy, for West Indian Bred 2-year-olds.

In this one the Fillies will be meeting the Colts & Geldings for the first time, plus they will be running 1570 metres for the first time in the series. With a stake of $40,000, it is not surprising that the race is over subscribed. 14 horses have taken entry, while only 12 can face the starter come race day, leaving two reserves.

Each race so far in the series has been won by a different horse, and all four of them are entered. Must Be In The Money, won the first and should appreciate the extra distance. Kendal Moon won the second, and

she is unbeaten in two starts and will surely find the extra trip to her liking. The third was won by Istanbul, which gave him his third win. His mother, Sky Beauty, was a sprinter, and while he has shown some speed, he looks like he has also inherited a bit of his sires (Thady Quill) staying blood, making him a real threat here. Slip Stream, the

winner of the fourth race, and she has speed to burn. She has won four of her five starts, and it will be interesting to see if she can get the 1570 metres.

These four are no certainties to fill the first four positions, as Island Memories with three wins under his girth, including one at 1800 metres has proven that the distance will be right up his alley. Another one that looks real promising is, Lune De Barachois, who was second to Slip Stream last time out. She is one that will also appreciate the 1570 metres. Fernandina has been a model of consistency, and has not been out of the money in her six starts.

Sponsors Diamonds International/ MontBlanc and the Barbados Turf Club, could not have hoped for a better line-up for the final race in the series.

The feature, Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, is a (Group.1.-Bar Race), for 3-year-olds, going 1570 metres. This race is second only to the Gold Cup in prize money for the top-class horses, so again it is not surprising to see that the race is over subscribed by one as 13 have taken entry, leaving one reserve. The race carries a total purse of $79,000. None other than Apostle, the winner of the 2008 running of this race, heads the list of entries in this one. This little 6-year-old chestnut gelding, with the white blaze, can be credited with bringing more people to the Garrison Savannah than any other horse over the last four years.

Up to this day the question remains unanswered as to why he did not leave the gates when he had the biggest race of his career, the 2009 Gold Cup at his mercy. In each of his 27 races before and after he has been first out of the gates.

Also entered are John Brian and Areutalkintome, who last year finished in a dead-heat for first. John Bryan returned on December 4, after a nine month break, and that race should help bring him on, while Areutalkintome returns after an accident at exercise a while back.

Should he be back to full fitness by race day, he will be in with an winning chance. As a late 4-year-old, he has matured into a top class horse. Another noticeable entry is the improving Mingun Temple, who’s run last time out when finishing down the field to Apostle can be ignored, as he did not seem to relish the ground on that day, and did not show much interest. He is a much better horse that he showed in that race. Two others of note are Show Me The Money, and Preach To Me.

A supporting feature is the Boxing Day International Trophy (Condition) Race, for 2-year-olds, going 1570 metres, with a purse of $30,000. Byhookorbycreek heads the entries here, while Daga, Intact, and Royal Spirit could be the ones to follow. Also making the day even more interesting is the battle for the 2010 jockey title, where Anderson Trotman has a one win lead over the young talented apprentice Jalon Samuel.

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