Zoom wins Gold Cup

Barbados Advocate | 3/6/2011

For the first time in the history of the Sandy Lane Gold Cup, the winner passing the post first has lost in the Stewards Room.

After all the objections made by trainer Stephen Bynoe, Barbados Turf Club President, Sir David Seale, and owner Eugene Melnyk against the St. Kitts horses running on the day, and the Stewards ruling that they could take part, all went smoothly. The St. Kitts horses caused no danger whatsoever to other horses, jockeys, race fans or anyone else – they were better trained at the gates than many of the local horses running on the day that had to be withdrawn by the Starter.

Sir David’s Reward Me, who was a reserve, got into the Gold Cup race after Rocamadour was withdrawn, as did the Melnyk-owned Emerald Crescent, who was also a reserve got in the Spa Sprint, but were not able to place.
Once again a huge crowd turned up at the Garrison Savannah to witness the 30th running of the race which will be seen by millions through the world.

When starter Mark Batson pressed the button to release the horses from the gates, it was none other that the Elias Haloute and Sir Charles Williams-owned, Andrew Nunes-trained creole Apostle, with Anderson Trotman in the saddle that broke first, and went straight to the lead as he has done in all of his 30 starts with the exception to the time when his was rank favourite in the 2008 running of the Gold Cup.

He was immediately challenged by the Lord Michael Taylor-owned, Andy Ward-trained, Show Me The Money, with Jalon Samuel in the saddle.

The Aysha Syndicate owned Bird Watch, another reserve that got into the race after the connections of Al Portador elected to go in the Spa Sprint was closely following the two front runners.

Positions remained the same until approaching the three furlong pole with Apostle and Show Me The Money still in the lead and the Gay Smith-owned Zoom, trained by Edward Walcott Jnr, and ridden by Antonio Bishop joining the Naz Issa trained Bird Watch, with Paul Leacock in the saddle, behind the two leaders. With two furlongs to go Show Me The Money was going best of all, and had drawn along side Apostle with Zoom and Bird Watch closing.
As they straightened up Show Me The Money picked up the race, and went on to a eased up 4 1/2 length victory from Zoom, with Bird Watch third and Charge It fourth.

As tears of joy and excitement ran from the eyes of the seventeen year old Samuel, he quickly had to dry them away, as the Racecourse Stewards posted the red light indicating that they were holding a Stewards inquiry, while following that the connections of Apostle lodged an objection for interference against the winner.

The Stewards, after hearing the evidence and viewing the film, decided that Samuel had been careless and had caused interference to Trotman and Apostle, and disqualified Show Me The Money, placing him behind Apostle who finished one from last.

The final placings then ended up with the Gay Smith-owned Zoom being placed first, giving Mrs Smith her third Gold Cup, and jockey Antonio Bishop, and trainer Edward Walcott Jnr. their first win in the Gold Cup.

Horseracing can be a cruel sport at times, and on this occasion it was unfortunate that Show Me The Money, and young Samuel had to loose the race in the Stewards room, as his 4 1/4 length victory showed that without question he was best horse on the day. However, the Barbados Turf Club has rules, and once the Stewards are satisfied that a rule has been broken they have to act as the rule states they shall.

They were two supporting feature races on the da, the first was the Tanglewood Stakes and Trophy, for West Indian bred 4-year-olds and over, going 2000 metres. This was won by the Lord Michael Taylor owned Bouncebak, trained by Andy Ward. Jalon Samuel rode the mare, and put her straight into the lead, and she was never caught. The Gay Smith-owned Silk N’ Satin trained by Edward Walcott Jnr and ridden by Edward Walcott Jr. was second, with Mrs. Mara Di Venazio’s Conquest trained by Peter Arthur and ridden by Badrie was third, with Sea Gypsy fourth.

The Sandy Lane Spa Sprint Stakes & Trophy, for 3-year-olds and over, going 1100 metres was won by Bipin owned by the Estate of Yusuf Mongroo, trained by Boston John and beautifully ridden by Kenny John, who came with a final dash on the rail to just catch second placed Grant Times, owned by Averill Racing LLC and trained by Wesley Ward and ridden by J Sanches. Third was the Gay Smith owned Spicey Tiger trained by Edward Walcott Jnr, and ridden by Renaldo Cumberbatch, with Kingdora finishing fourth.
Racing continues on Saturday March, 19.