Battle of the trainers
Honouring former Barbados Turf Club (BTC) Employees Race Day is the theme for the BTC’s seventh day of their first racing season, which is set to run off tomorrow at the Garrison Savannah.
The card, which features the Louis Corbin Memorial Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 65-85 over 1 570 metres, gets going at 2 p.m. with seven other races.
The feature race is a straighforward fight between trainers Anderson Ward and Boston John as the six runners come from their barns. Of Ward’s four runners Captain Sully is given the top weight of 128 pounds. Once the going is good he will make his presence felt in this company.
Cabin Boy and Island Memories are next in weight at 123 pounds and are in good form while Stratford Lad spearheads John’s attack with the relative weight of 114 pounds.
Race two, the Desmond Robin King Memorial Handicap over 1 800 metres, will be an interesting affair. Gay Smith’s Glamorous and Neville Isdell’s Wingman, seeking a hat-trick of wins, will share the maximum weight of 128 pounds.
No fewer than five of the eight entered were winners in one of their last three starts, hence finding the winner of this event for three-year-old and older horses rated 37-55 may take careful scrutiny. Devil’s Khandy is in good form and is next in at the weight of 126 pounds.
What is a race card without speed?
So the Charles “Smally” Small Memorial Condition race over 1 100 metres for three-year-olds will offer such. Aysha Syndicate’s Just A Fashion now after a beaver trick, shoulders the top impost of 126 pounds with stablemate Wild Cat Tea.
No matter how you look at this race Just A fashion has stamped his class and authority in every manner when previously asked. One should be aware of the unknown Strikawar, who will be having his first outing on the Savannah. The two locally bred creoles enteries Conway and Jasmine are winners but in their own company.
Hadiya, under new management, makes a return to the track after a bit of a lay-off. Apart from carrying the top weight of 130 pounds she will race in the silks of Gerald Forde with Tristan Forde in her corner as trainer.
The event to which I am referring is the Antonio Corbin Memorial Trophy Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 45-65 and also open to horses rated 44 and below going over 1 100 metres.
Forde went one for one when Uncle Jerry gave him his first win, after which both have developed an allergic reaction to the winner’s enclosure.
Broken Vow, Sugar Loaf Peak and Wild Orchid are all winners of recent races and shoulders 127 and 126 pounds, respectively. Chachapoya shouldering 113 pounds could find a place despite her form having suddenly deserted her for one reason or another.