Daga toast of the day
THE trio of owner Lord Michael Taylor, trainer Anderson Ward and jockey Jalon Samuel dominated proceedings at the Garrison Savannah once again yesterday.
They recorded three victories on the card, the toast of which was winning the day’s main attraction – the Rotherley Construction Inc. Stakes and Trophy condition race for imported non-West Indian-bred three-year-olds over 1 570 metres.
Daga justified favouritism with a resounding victory in the feature race.
When the starter sent them off, last race day’s winner Nomoreginrog went straight to the front pursued by first-time starter Graeme Hill, Intact, Royal Spirit and Daga as the main bunch.
With the others nidding to stay in contention, positions changed slightly going to the three-furlong marker as leader Nomoreginrog shortened stride and Intact faded.
At this stage Royal Spirit, Daga and Giovedi tightened the field.
Not up to task
Nomoreginrog brought the field into the home stretch with Daga and Giovedi challenging the pacesetter, who wasn’t up to the task.
Daga, under jockey Samuel, had plenty gas left in the tank and exploded with a strong rally to secure the victory.
Giovedi, ridden by Reshaun Latchman, ran a game second. Stablemate Graeme Hill with Vaughn Charles up stayed on for third, and Nomoreginrog with Anderson Trotman fourth. It was Daga’s third win in as many starts.
Blue Diamond Stables also took care of the Rotherley Construction Inc.Barbados Breeders’ Association Sales Graduates Stakes and Trophy Condition race for West-Indian bred three-year-old colts and geldings over 1 100 metres.
They used post positions one and two to their advantage and finished in that order as Vitality with Samuel up beat Must Be The Money under Kyle Carter. Dunwiddat, ridden by Desmond Bryan, stayed on for third while Whatadeal under Kenny John took fourth.
The other victory for the top trio was with Captain Sully who won the Vuemont Trophy Handicap for three-year-olds and older rated 0-75 over 1 570 metres.
The Sir Charles and Lady Williams-owned speed machine Slip Stream with regular pilot Anderson Trotman did not disappoint nor did she break a sweat. She commandeered the lead from her rail post and clocked 25.2, 50.1 before stopping the clock in 1:04.4/5 to record the day’s fastest time, even faster than the top class horses rated 0-145 on the day at this distance.
Indian Soul with Kenny John aboard was second, while Sweet Bottom Suzy ridden by Desmond Bryan was third with Reprise under Samuel back in fourth.
Christopher Gibbs-owned Dark Knight under Jonathon Grant returned to form with a pole-to-pole victory in the Rotherley Construction Inc. Sprint Trophy Handicap for three-year-olds and older over 1 100 metres.
That victory gave trainer Naz Issa a double on the day as he started off with the Aysha Syndicate-owned Bird Watch riden by Anderson Trotman in the Rotherley Construction Inc. Challenge Trophy Handicap for four-year-olds and older horses rated 0-110 over 1 800 metres.
Like Trotman, Latchmann also enjoyed a good day in the saddle, booting home two winners.
He struck in Race Two with Joseph Brothers-owned Uncle Jerry in the Woodworks Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 0-60 over 1 800 metres.
Latchman then closed out the day’s proceedings on Clifford Grandison-owned, Kenneth Stanton trained Gideon in the Rotherley Construction Inc. “Small Works” Trophy Condition race (Division B) for West Indian-bred four-year-old and older maidens.
Racing resumes on March 5 with the running of the 30th Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup.