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Grade A rivals clash today

Lindon Yarde

Grade A rivals clash today

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TWO?OF?THE best and most popular horses in Barbados, Areutalkintome and Aristodemus, will clash today in what is traditionally known as the dress rehearsal for the Sandy Lane Gold Cup – the Coolmore “Home of Champions” Stakes & Trophy over 1 800 metres.
These two classy equines share similar attributes. They are both owned by racing powerhouses which have dominated top class racing for years and can perform on any type of conditions.
The intensity of such a rivalry, which has been talked about for a long time, is now bearing fruit and the competitive nature of the race is guaranteed to thrill horse racing lovers at the Garrison today.
It is very possible the speedy Areutalkintome and Aristodemus, noted for his stamina, will both go off as even money favourites and trying to find a method of separating them will be difficult. Hence, the strategy of jockeys Rico Walcott (Areutalkintome) and Anderson Trotman (Aristodemus) could be the key factor.
Areutalkintome is proven in this company and will make his presence felt at this distance as he has blistering speed.
He could very well have to entertain Show Me The Money, Jakesam and Little Man Arran early in the puzzle but if he sets extremely quick fractions, the above trio could all find themselves handcuffed.
Aristodemus looks the part and has been an awesome sight to watch on workout mornings. The Christ Church entourage will be leaving no stone unturned and have beefed up preparation by including a salt water bath to further refresh and recharge Aristodemus’ battery.
Daga is back to defend her title from last year but unfortunately she is long overdue a visit to winner’s enclosure. However, this is not the type of field you can play with, so a place possibility is the best bet.
Discretwon has duplicated his form from last year around the very same time. His two wins this year were good but the times were pedestrian.
Jakesam has been making one step forward and two step backwards, so his chances of making the Gold Cup team hinge on today’s return.
After several tries at most of the distances, Little Man Arran is yet to convince race fans that he is the real deal.
Four years ago, Show Me The Money would have been a factor but only divine intervention can boost his chances now.
My Picks
Race 1: Just A Fashion
Race 2: Incognito
Race 3: Vandross
Race 4: Victoria Alexandra
Race 5: Broken Vow
Race 6: Areutalkintome
Race 7: Verden