Triple Crown chase begins with Guineas
There is plenty at stake today at the Garrison Savannah when the first jewel of the Barbados Triple Crown gets going with the Grade I – 64th Barbados Guineas for West Indian bred three-year olds over 1 570 metres.
Apart from a trophy and a purse totalling $54 750, the winner from among the 11 horses entered will gain an opportunity to secure for his connections a bonus of $100,000 which is put forward by the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association for the horse that can land the Triple Crown.
There have been three different Classic winners so far at today’s trip – In The Pink, John Vere and Princess Di, while there are another four horses which have won coming from the 7.8 starting point – Corvette, Nobel Intent, Voldermort and Aquatic Star. This race appears set for a blanket finish between John Vere, Princess Di and Nobel Intent.
The latter holds the best record of the trio at this trip, a win and two second place finishes from his three attempts. His front-running style makes him very potent and if he is allowed to dictate his own terms he may still get home.
Princess Di had a workmanlike, yet impressive win in the Fillies Guineas, and she will need to pull out a little more if she is to replicate that win and in the process turn the tables on Corvette and Nobel Intent, both of whom defeated her when they all last met at this trip.
John Vere, of the previously mentioned trio, has the least impressive record of a win and two unplaced efforts. However, the manner in which he ran by Nobel Intent to claim the Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopefull Breeders’ Stakes and Trophy makes him lethal.
It should be noted that Nobel Intent repaid John Vere on Gold Cup day winning by five lengths. Discarding that effort which lacked substance, John Vere gets my nod to win today’s Guineas.
In The Pink’s progression since her maiden win in the William C. “Bill” Marshall Memorial Creole Classic seems to have stalled. She has encountered defeat at the hands of Corvette, Nobel Intent and Princess Di thus indicating she will need to improve significantly plus he outside draw makes the task even more daunting.
Corvette has a reasonable record at this trip, but has thrown two lack luster efforts in his two previous loses to John Vere and Kariba Rose. For a win he must now run out of his skin.
Voldemort seeks a hat-trick, this race also happens to be his stiffest assignment, and he will be required to step up his game in order to take this Classic.
Aquatic Star was an impressive second last outing to Princess Di; any further improvement could see her in the hunt for a cheque. Stable history in this race is heavily stacked against Conway; a sudden change looks very improbable.
Belly Dancer a last out winner will need to move forward plenty in order to win, while Lavani and Super Cavalier can be considered outsiders.
Race 1: Kamazetta
Race 2: Who’s My Girl
Race 3: Janak’s Gold
Race 4: Run For Your Money
Race 5: Jasmine
Race 6: Daga
Race 7: Devil’s Khandy
Race 8 John Vere
Race 9: Kai