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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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Lord Michael Taylor trio romp home in Michael Parravicino Memorial Stakes

Lord Michael Taylor trio romp home in Michael Parravicino Memorial Stakes

The Barbados Advocate | April 3, 2011

The Lord Michael Taylor trio of Istanbul, Vitality and Island Memories, yesterday afternoon romped home first, second and third, in the Barbados Turf Club’s feature race, at the Garrison Savannah, the Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopeful Breeders’ Stakes & Trophy, for Barbados bred three-year-olds, going 1570 metres.

The three, all trained by Andy Ward, were most impressive, and he has to be complimented for bringing these three young colts bred by Sir Charles Williams, to be the leading three-year-olds to date.

From the time starter Mark Batson sent the nine horse field on their way, jockey Jalon Samuel put Vitality to the front, and he was followed by Istanbul with Kyle Carter. These two were followed for most of the way by Cinnamon Jane, owned by Jane’s Girls, with Anderson Trotman in the saddle, while just behind was Island Memories.

Vitality continued in the lead until reaching two furlongs out when he was pressed by Istanbul for the lead, as the Andrew Nunes trained Cinnamon Jane was giving way to Island Memories who was moving into third.
Turning for home Istanbul took up the running and ran out an easy winner, while Vitality who set the early fractions held on for second, with Island Memories third, and Cinnamon Jane fourth.

The supporting feature the Realtors Limited Trophy (Condition Race) for imported (non-West-Indian-bred) three-year-old maidens and West Indian bred three-year-old winners, sprinting 1100 metres, lived up to its exceptions, as the Sir Charles Williams and Lady Williams-owned, speedy filly Slip Stream, trained by Andrew Nunes, and ridden by Anderson Trotman, opened a three-length lead by the time they had reached the three furlong pole, and with two furlongs to go she had opened a six length lead, and looked like she was cruising to victory.

However, Kyle Carter on the Jonathan Simpson trained Graeme Hill, owned by Bill & Hayley Blevin had other ideas, and was able to catch the filly, who was shortening badly in the last furlong on the wire to win. Slip Stream held on for second. Third was Greeley Gone West, owned by Luther Miller 111 JP, and Suzanne Miller, ridden by Jalon Samuel, and trained by Victor Cheeseman, while Intact, finishing fourth.

The Condominiums At Palm Beach Trophy (Handicap), for three-year-olds and older rated 140 and below, going 1100 metres, produced an outstanding finish, when the Melrose Racing and Clifton Racing owned Rocamadour, trained by Jonathan Simpson, and beautifully ridden by Kenny John ran a corker to win. This five-year-old bay horse, who undoubtedly is a classy type, unfortunately had to withdraw from the Sandy Lane Gold Cup this year, but turned up yesterday after not running since December 2010, and passed his rivals over the last 50 yards like they had stopped, and at a distance that should not be his best. He is sure to make it very interesting when the top class meet over the longer trips. Finishing second was Super Star owned by Gay Smith, trained by Edward Walcott Jnr, with Antonio Bishop in the saddle. The Aysha Syndicate Who’s To Say trained by Naz Issa, and ridden by Reshawn Latchman was third, with Purr Class fourth.
Kyle Carter and Kenny John shared the jockey honours with two wins each.
The trainers honour for the day went to Jonathan Simpson, who saddled three winners.

Racing continues on Saturday, April 16.

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by Charlie Heath | February 13, 2011

The Lord Michael Taylor owned, Andy Ward trained Daga was a convincing winner of the feature Rotherley Construction Inc. Stakes & Trophy (Condition Race) for Imported (Non-West Indian Bred) 3-year-olds, run over 1570 metres.

Daga was looking for her third straight win, and Jockey Jalon Samuel gave her every chance to prove herself put tucking her in on the rail just off the early pace set by Nomoreginrog, until turning for home when he brought her with a well timed sweeping run to go on to win with a bit in hand. Second was the Bill & Hayley Blevin owned Giovedi, trained by Jonathan Simpson, and ridden by Reshawn Latchman, while stablemate Graeme Hill finished third and Nomoreginrog held on for fourth.

They were two supporting feature races, the first being the Rotherley Construction Inc. BTBA Sales Graduates 3-year-old Colts & Geldings Stakes & Trophy, going 1100 metres. This was won by the Lord Michael Taylor owned Vitality, trained by Andy Ward. Jalon Samuel had the leg up on the handsome young dark bay colt, and made no mistake. He broke smartly from the gate, and from there it was just a matter of who would collect the minor parts of the purse. In the end it was stable companion Must Be In The Money with Kyle Carter in the irons that finished second. Dunwiddat was third and Whatadeal fourth. The win was also the third straight for Vitality.

The other supporting feature was the Rotherley Construction Inc. BTBA Sales Graduates 3-year-old Fillies Stakes & Trophy (Condition Race) for West Indian Bred 3-year-old Fillies, going 1100 metres. This was won by the Sir. Charles Williams & Lady Williams owned Slip Stream, trained by Andrew Nunes. This flying bay filly with Anderson Trotman in control flew out of the gates like a missile set on a target, which was the finishing line, and there was no defense to stop her, as the others just could not cope with her speed. She went on to win as she liked. The Christopher Gibbs owned Indian Soul trained by Boston John, and ridden by Kenny John was second. Sweet Bottom Suzy was third and Reprise fourth.

Sir Charles Williams certainly must be pleased with the dominant way in which Slip Stream put away her opponents, for he not only owns the filly with his wife Lady Williams, but he also bred the filly. Two other horses bred by Sir Charles won on the day. Vitality won the third race and Captain Sully won race five. Leading jockey Jalon Samuel continues to show his class, as he landed three winners, Vitality in race three, Captain Sully in race five and Daga in race seven. Anderson Trotman and Reshawn Latchman both won two races.

Leading trainer Anderson Ward extended his lead by saddling three winners, Vitality, Captain Sully and Daga, all owned by Lord Michael Taylor. Judging from the crowd yesterday, come March 5, the next race day, which is Sandy Lane Gold Cup Day, the Garrison is going to be packed.

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