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.