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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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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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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| www.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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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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SANDY LANE GOLD CUP WINNER LOOKING TO REPEAT IN THE VICTOR CHANDLER STAKES

Charlie Heath | Saturday 24th December, 2011 | 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 3-year-olds and over, going 1570 metres. John Brian, Daga, and Fusaichi Ridge could be dangers.

The Diamonds International/ Montblanc Challenge Stakes & Trophy, for West Indian Bred 2-year-olds, going 1570 metres, looks like it could end in a very exciting finish.

Aston Martin, a winner over 1100 metres, was beaten last time out over 1570 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 2-year-olds with preference given to non-West Indian bred, going 1570 metres.

This could be a straight battle between, Indian Officer, Discreet Woman. 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 rustle it for him. (CH)

Post time for the first race is 12 Noon.

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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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Zoom to battle ‘Bounce’

 

Former Gold Cup winner Zoom will be looking to get back to winning ways. (FP)

nationnews.com | By Lindon Yarde | Fri, May 13, 2011

Life in the fast lane returns to the Garrison Savannah tomorrow when the Barbados Turf Club (BTC) stages the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company Raceday.

The nine-race card, which is set to begin at 1:15 p.m., leads off the BTC’s second racing season.

Although the imported three-year-olds will take centre stage, there are some other very interesting races carded.

The top-rated horses always create a stir and this year’s Lost In The Fog Trophy handicap for three-year-olds and older rated 115-140 and open to horses rated 114 and below over 1 100 metres promises to be no exception.

The Gay Smith-owned Zoom, winner of this year’s Gold Cup, is down to carry the top weight of 133 pounds.

Zoom has recorded two wins and two seconds from his last four runs at distances ranging from 1 570 to 2 000 metres. In his last effort at this trip he just failed to catch Janaki in the Zouk handicap for horses rated 0-105. He will be putting in his best work at the end.

Bouncebak carries 128 pounds and the sublime form of three consecutive victories. Like Zoom, her wins were from distances of 1 570 to 2 000 metres.

Based on weight and form she must have an excellent chance.

The other two entered in this nine-horse field with a shot at winning are Who’s To Say and Purr Class.

The Aysha Syndicate-owned Who’s To Say is handicapped at 121.

He has beaten the top-rated sprinters this year, winning the Green Man handicap over 1 100 metres.

The Lord Michael Taylor-owned filly Purr Class with 120 pounds could show the importance of younger legs.

In the Silver Charm Trophy handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 78-100 and also open to horses rated 77 and below over 1 570 metres, the Sir David Seale-owned Reward Me takes 130 pounds.

Unplaced in the Gold Cup, the Stephen Bynoe-trained colt should find this field much to his liking despite the heavy impost.

The Christopher Gibbs-owned Ring Time has been very consistent handicapped at 127 pounds he’s expected to give another good account here.

Indanger, owned by Messrs Daniel and Martin Raizman, is handicapped at 124 pounds and will be making a much anticipated return to the track after battling injury. He was the top leading two- and three-year-old before his setback. He will need some time, but his progress should be closely monitored.

Another event race fans will want to pay close attention to is the Ginger Punch Trophy handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 58-80 and open to horses rated 57 and below over 1 570 metres.

Former Gold Cup winner Pure Temptation, owned by Lord Michael Taylor, is handicapped at 130 pounds.

He is long overdue a trip to the winner’s enclosure. Now at his lowest rating of 77, he will want to prove his true ability exceeds his current form.

His main opposition could come from the Lady Williams-owned Grace Chapel handicapped at 123 pounds; she also has Gold Cup experience and has shown modest form.

The Aysha Syndicate-owned Who’s Staying takes 119 pounds and has shown top form recently with back-to-back wins. He will find, however, that this field is filled with tougher and more seasonal competitors.

Of very significant interest is the entry of the Sir Charles Williams-owned three-year-old Kendal Moon. She is handicapped at 116 pounds and considered a top contender for this year’s classics, and it will be interesting to see how she fares in this company.

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