Card for the mums
The first day of the Barbados Turf Club’s second racing season tomorrow will be dedicated to mothers.
The first race of the seven-race card on the eve of Mother’s Day will be the Grand Mothers Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 50-70 and also open to horses rated 49 and below, over 1 570 metres.
Four recent winners – Reward Me, King Of The Jungle, Vandross and Fernandina – will square off here.
The top weight goes to Green Star Stables’ Uncle Jerry, who will shoulder 130 pounds. The Tristan Forde-trained eight-year-old will be giving 16, 15, 19 and 11 pounds to the quartet.
Spotting the winner will certainly put punters’ knowledge to the test.
The Single Mothers Handicap over 1 570 metres could also take some time for punters to solve.
Open Secret, owned by Rose Gemmell and Sir Charles Williams, carries the top weight in this event for three-year-olds and West Indian-bred four-year-old non-winners of three races.
Her form has been fairly reasonable and she can progress with a win in this company.
Competition can come from the likes of Mrs B (113), a double entry, Majastical and Rahy Stormello, who are both handicapped with 126 pounds and have been approaching the curve to the winner’s enclosure.
Shared Decision is given 121 pounds and will be vying to lose his maiden tag.
Which “boy” will take Race 4, the Mummy’s Favourite Boy Handicap, over 1 000 metres?
Of the ten entered in this event that is restricted to colts and geldings, Stratfords Lad is down to take 128 pounds. His better races have come at the middle distance of 1 570 metres.
Anskar (119) is the lone entrant who has flashed good sprinting speed.
Other noticeable improving horses are Ucantmeanme (111) and Conrad Prince (123), both of whom finished third in their respective last tries.
West Indian-bred three-year-old maidens (fillies only) will be contesting the Mummy’s Little Princess Handicap over 1 570 metres.
Chestnut Lilly, La Boheme and Moonlight Sonata are all down to share the top weight of 126 pounds. None has been able to create any favourable impression.
La Boheme did record a distant fifth place finish in his only try to be the best of the trio.
Foxy Browne, who will take 116 pounds, has finished in the money on several occasions and her connections must fancy her chances of handing in her maiden certificate.
Racing starts at 2:15 p.m.