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‘Bill’ Classic open affair


‘Bill’ Classic open affair

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A?SMALL FIELD of eight juveniles are down to contest today’s feature race in the 17th running of the W.C. “Bill” Marshall Memorial Two-year-old Creole Classic at the Garrison Savannah.  
With leading two-year-old and double winner Kariba Rose not entered, the Grade 1 event over 1 570 metres promises to be a very competitive race as the juveniles will be stretching out to the longer distance.
So far there have been seven two-year-old races producing six winners and this year’s field includes three winners in Conway, Princess Di and Corvette, the very consistent In The Pink and the speedy Dancing Lady.
Neville Isdell’s Corvette was the most impressive of these winners when taking the Kingdora Condition race over 1 100 metres after he was beaten by Princess Di and Dancing Lad in his first start.
He was unplaced in his last race against three-year-old maidens and imported two-year olds when he encountered several traffic problems. He will relish the extra distance.
In The Pink’s performances have been extremely encouraging and with the display of stamina at the end of every race, this could be the ideal distance for her to get that elusive win.
Conway, after a commendable debut fourth place behind Corvette, Princess Di and In The Pink, wasted no time in turning in his maiden certificate, winning the 1 000 metre Thoroughbred Breeders of Barbados allotted weights race. But he does appear to be in need of additional time.
Princess Di quickly rebounded from being a beaten favourite in her first outing to score her first win in the United Insurance Staff Trophy Condition Race over 1 000 metres. Since that win she has landed a few place cheques for her owner and remains a live contender.
Dancing Lady, still a maiden, has two second-place finishes under her belt over 1 000 metres. She is lightning-quick from the boxes but the question is whether she can hold on for the win at this extended distance.
John Vere opened his racing debut with a commendable third-place finish behind Jasmine but this race may have come too soon for him.
Super Lady was fifth in her first experience around the race course, in the maiden 1 100-metre Hyundai Accent allotted weights but she will need more time.
Aquatic Star is yet to make an impact but seems to be going in the right direction.   
My picks
Race 1: Just A Fashion  
Race 2: Vitality
Race 3: Belly Dancer
Race 4: Just Dreaming
Race 5: Sugar Loaf Peak
Race 6: In the Pink
Race 7: Daga
Race 8: Foxy Baba
Race 9: Totally Devoted
Race 10: Rossi