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Istanbul takes feature race

BARRY ALLEYNE, [email protected]

Istanbul takes feature race

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In horse racing there is nothing like a great driving finish to the line.
The Guardian General sponsored race day was everything fans could hope for as great racing action  continued at the Garrison Savannah yesterday.
Those who witnessed the proceedings on the good to soft track would seen  and awesome display of jockeymanship along with some great equine athletes especially in the two feature races.
 .The main feature the Guardian General Insurance Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy (Gr.11 RB-Bar) for Barbados bred- three- year- olds over 1 570 metres provided fans with a superb climax as pre race favourite Istanbul did not disappoint.
Wonderfully ridden by champion jockey Jalon Samuel, the Lord Michael Taylor- owned Istanbul was once again required to dig deep into his reserves and once again came up trumps. Holding off a stubborn and determine effort form the previously unbeaten filly Kendal moon ridden by Anderson Trotman.
 Istan bul made a flying start but was settled close behind  the leaders on the heavy track allowing stablemate Island Memories to cut out the early factions as the field went around  the paddock bend.
He was follwed by Lune De Barachois, Jack Is Back, Nile Queen, Ocean Pride, and Kendal Moon in that order making up the main pack. Volcanic Victoria Belle, Takemehomedaddee and Funny  alentine where clearly not enjoying the conditions and where all struggling on the going.
Island Memories continued to lead until the two furlong marker, but came under pressure as Istanbul, Lune De Barachois, Jack Is Back, Reprise, Kendal Moon and Ocean Pride all took closer order.
 Entering the home stretch it was now a two horse race, as Istanbul picked up the running and Kendal Moon was on the wide outside now alongside the favourite, .
With Neither giving a quarter, theses two gallant three- year- olds  fought it out tooth and nail to the finish,  in the end Istanbul prevailed by a short head .Reprise with Kyle carter up took third and Jack is back ridden by Paul Leacock stayed on for fourth.
One man who enjoyed this race result tremendously and was all smiles was champion breeder Sir Charles Willliams as horses he bred Istanbul, Kendal Moon and Reprise finished one-two-three in that order  an achievement he has become so accustomed too.
Gay Smith pair of zoom and heavenly angel took center stage in the other feature as she recorded a rare one- two finish in the The Barbados Thoroughbred “Breeders” Association Garrison Turf Stakes and Trophy condition race for Barbados
bred four-year-old and older over 2 000 metres.
Show MeThe Money predictably went to the lead and stayed there much throughout he was tracked by zoom Eye of the tiger Amanyara, Don Portalsonny The race continued that way until the three furlong marker with Eye Of The Tiger iin hot pursuit Zoom was given a much needed breather while Heavenly Angel was being feveriously ridden by Jonathon Grant to get in contention.
 Don Portalsonny could be seen making rapid headway as the field rounded the home turn.
 show me the money began toe tire as zoom and jockey Renaldo Cumberbatch had now kicked for home. Stable mate Heavenly Angel rated 63 joined him to contest the last furlong of this thrilling events Don Portalsonny had drawn closer and attempted to split the leaders but soon found the path blocked.
 Zoom rated 117 got the better of this pulsating finish from his stablemate Heavenly angel who ran the race of her life to be second Don Portalsonny,  a shade unlucky had to settle for third while the early leader Show Me The Money  ridden by Keveh Nicholls finish back in fourth.
There where two win on the card for apprentice Affie Ward aboard Zaltarr in the Guardian General Flexi Office Insurance handicap for four-years- old and older horses rated 0-75 over 1 100 metres. His next win was aboard Just Jiving who took the. The Guardian General Contractors “All Risk” Insurance handicap for four-year-olds and older horses rated 0-55 over 1 570 metres.
 Also scoring two wins was Jockey Jalon Samuel with Vitality in the The Guardian General Flexi Motor Insurance condition race for West Indian bred three-year- old non winners of two or more races in their career over 1 000 metres. He took the feature with Istanbul. Anderson Ward lead the trainers with two wins both hoses ridden by Jalon Samuel in Viatality and Istanbul, they provided owner Lord Michael Taylor with a double success on the card .