Looks like a Noble victory
Come Saturday, August 9, Barbados could witness its next possible Triple Crown winner in the name of Noble Intent.
That’s because the John D. Chandler-owned and trained son of Good Intent out of Pentellenoble courageously held off a determined charge by In The Pink with Reshawn Latchman aboard to land the Barbados Midsummer Creole Classic over 1 800 metres.
Noble Intent, who benefited from a patient and confident ride by jockey Anderson Trotman, added the second jewel of the Barbados Triple Crown to go along with his first leg success in the Barbados Guineas.
Predictable at the opening of this race for West Indian-bred three-year-old (allotted weight), Noble Intent led, carving out early fractions of 25.1 for the quarter mile, 49.3 after the half mile and completed three quarter of the journey in a reasonable 1:14.3.
Following him were Lavani, Even Stephens and In The Pink, those positions were only altered when Even Stephens fell away as Noble Intent, despite being joined by Lavani, brought up the mile in 1:39.2/5. As they came into the homestretch it was clearly a three-horse affair in Noble Intent, Lavani and In The Pink as one length separated them.
Deep inside the final furlong with Noble intent giving his all, In The Pink was then switched to the inside rail to deliver her final effort after her failed attempt to split horses entering the home turn.
Lavani simply had nothing left approaching the finish line and it was left to Noble Intent and In The Pink. The line came in the nick of time for Noble Intent to keep the Triple Crown series alive. Jasmine, a back marker for most of the race, closed well in the latter half of the race to take third place under the urgings of Antonio Perch. Lavani ran out of steam under jockey Antonio Whitehall, but was still good enough to secure the fourth spot.
The day’s supporting feature event, the Caribbean Horse Cradle Stakes and Trophy Condition Race over 1 000 metres for West Indian-bred two-year-olds presented a runaway victory for the Stephen Walcott, Peter Norrie and Marina Corbin-owned Halle Rose.
The daughter of Thady Quill out of Sky Beauty won by a massive 12 ¾ lengths under rider Antonio Whitehall she was quick from the gates and was never caught.
The much anticipated clash between overwhelming favourites Just A Fashion and Shared Adventure did briefly materialise, but only for a quarter of a mile that battle comfortably went to Just A Fashion.
After a peppered three quarter mile in 1:11. 1/5 seconds Giovedi under Reshawn Latchman popped the big question which he got no response from the others and proceeded to annihilate the field by 10 ¼ unanswered lengths.