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‘Shared’ facing stiff test

Lindon Yarde

‘Shared’ facing stiff test

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THE?MIGHTY?Shared Adventure will look to add the Grandstand Posse Plate Handicap to his résumé when he takes on nine worthy opponents on the final day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season next Monday at the Garrison Savannah.
Eight races will be contested on the second edition of the Grandstand Posse Raceday which starts at 1:45 p.m. While Race 6 is not the feature event it will command all interest, as this event for three-year-old and older horses rated 120-140 and also open to those rated 119 and below over 1 100 metres, is loaded with this island’s best speedsters.
In Areutalkintome, Shared Adventure and Vitality you have the last three winners of the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint. There is added flavour with runners Lune de Barachois and Seattle Sunshine, who were the last ones to have finished in front of Shared Adventure in a sprint race.
As usual, Shared Adventure, the H&M-owned Horse Of The Year, will be giving away weight to all the other entrants, ranging from 30 pounds to a minimum of nine pounds to his nearest rival Areutalkintome.
Shared Adventure has overcome such obstacles in the past, but what make this a must see race is the fact that he will now have to show his mettle from the outside post.
He returned to winning ways last start when he scampered home in the day’s featured race named after him over the top-rated horses over 1 570 metres. It will not be an easy assignment but his class speaks volumes.
Looking at the opposition for a possible winner, few names pop up. Ever since Seattle Sunshine had her first clash with Shared Adventure she has lost her acquaintance with winner’s enclosure.
She seemed on track to a possible re-entry when she left the gates running at similar weights and Shared Adventure just could not get by her. Also in Seattle Sunshine’s favour is rider Ricky Walcott, who has won with her before. Unfortunately he is now coming off an injury.
Iamsogroovy has the speed at this weight and will fire early but her concern is lack of class and how much she will have left in the tank.
Run For Your Money is another fire jack at these weights but he will need to break free and hold on.
Lune De Barachois, though lacking speed, cannot be ignored as she ran past Seattle Sunshine and Shared Adventure for a surprise win. It must be noted that the conditions had some give, which played to her strength.
Areutalkintome is known for his speed and according to how the race unfolds, it will determine whether he returns to winning ways. On the front end it will be extremely hot but he is a classy horse, who has to be respected.
Spa winner Vitality is versatile but will get a stern examination from the classier Shared Adventure and Areutalkintome to see whether he is good or was just better than the rest on March 8.