Two out of feature
The non-acceptance of racing’s main drawing cards Aristodemus and Shared Adventure has taken plenty of sting out of this afternoon’s feature race, the Crop Over Festival Handicap over 1 100 metres at the Garrison Savannah.
The absence of Gold Cup winner Aristodemus and Spa Sprint winner Shared Adventure, the fastest horse at the track, has reduced the field to six horses.
Attention will turn to the vastly improved imported juvenile Seattle Sunshine as she seeks to make it four consecutive wins.
The Joanne Parravicino-owned filly, who recently defeated horses rated 72-95 in the Clock Tower Handicap, will be looking to move her career record to five wins from eight starts.
Among those she defeated were Run Alke Run and Miss Fandando both opponents again today. Vitality, Iamsogroovy and A.P. Vincero, who complete the field, will prove the stiffest competition for Seattle Sunshine.
Race six, the Cohobblopot Handicap for West Indian-bred three-year-old horses rated 40-60, is a significantly important race to some entrants.
No fewer than three of those slated to contest this event have been nominated in the gallant effort to stop Nekitta from sweeping the Barbados Triple Crown series.
Those who will command the attention of many with the Derby in mind are Wild Orchid, Zouk’s Girl and Ben Ten.
After her maiden success over 1 100 metres, Wild Orchid returned from a short lay-off with a disappointing effort over 1 570 metres in the Pavilion Court Handicap and will need nothing less than a win to stand a chance at entry.
Zouk’s Girl’s showing in the Fillies Guineas and the Barbados Midsummer Creole Classic after her maiden victory does suggest that she has serious class deficiencies at the moment and a good performance is required.
Ben Ten has been steadily improving. His maiden win was followed by a gallant second place finish over 1 800 metres behind the imported Intrepid Dancer. He ran his heart out and despite not winning, would have taken more credit for his effort than the winner.
Today’s race will showcase whether or not he can run with increased weights.
Snow White, though not nominated for the Derby, could very well find herself in the race after paying the late penalty if she is successful here today. Her stable has made the distinct choice with stable mates Knight Rider and Conrad Prince.
However, insufficient points will work against the latter’s participation in the big event.
Another Cool Cat shares a similar fate as Snow White, where maximum points could see her pay the late penalty as well, to her take her place in the Derby.
Prior to her maiden success in the St Ann Fort Handicap over1 100 metres, she was just denied by Ben Ten; therefore, a stellar performance will be needed today.
Race 1: Dancing Lady Race 2: KhartoumRace 3: NomoreginrogRace 4: KingdoraRace 5: Divine Destiny Race 6: Snow WhiteRace 7: VitalityRace 8: Johnny Sad Boy