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Fashion me a thriller at the Garrison

Lindon Yarde

Fashion me a thriller at the Garrison

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Fans will be in for an immediate treat when racing returns to the Garrison Savannah on the first day of the Barbados Turf Club’s third and final racing season on Saturday.

One of the main attractions on the Courtesy Breeders Classic and Juvenile Race Day will be the showdown between the classy and speedy Just A Fashion and the rampantly surging Daunting David.

One could not ask for a better start to the new season as two of the six horses forecast to take racing to the next level eyeball each other in what could be the beginning of many intriguing battles as the duo work their way toward the top tier.

This clash between the Richard Deane-trained, Aysha Syndicate-owned Just A Fashion in the green and purple silks and the Liz Deane-trained Daunting David in the Hopefield Stable’s black and red silks can bear many titles going forward and lure the crowds back to the Savannah.

In their only previous meeting, Just A Fashion, who took 126 pounds then, seven more pounds than his opponent Daunting David, inflicted a five-and-a-quarter lengths beating.

For this clash in the Nicodemus Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 115-97 and also open to horses rated 96 and below over 1 570 metres, Just A Fashion, which shoulders 126 pounds, has seven wins and two second place efforts from ten career starts.

On the other hand, Daunting David, the recipient of 15 pounds, has three victories, a second, third and a fourth place in six starts.

In Just A Fashion’s favour is the fact that he has won twice before with his ascribed weight and four times at the trip. After notching up six consecutive victories that streak ended at the hands of Giovedi before his worst track performance saw him finishing ahead of only one horse while toiling some seven-and-three-quarter lengths behind the eventual winner Marcus Antonius, a stable mate of Daunting David.

It should also be noted on that occasion, Just A Fashion had ventured in unusual territory travelling 1 800 metres. His best win would have to be the Mother’s Day Handicap against horses rated 100-82 over 1 570 metres.

For the second time around, Daunting David will approach his assignment with all guns blazing having rattled up a hat trick of victories.

Of those wins, two have been at Saturday’s trip, none more impressive than when he toppled the top rated horses 140-122 in the T. A.  “Tommy” Peirce Memorial Trophy Condition Race by a margin of three-and-three-quarter lengths.

While fans eagerly anticipate this return clash of huge potential, the major question will be whether Just A Fashion is 15 pounds better than Daunting David. The answer beckons in Race 8 at 3:35 p.m.

By the way, it is not a two-horse event as seven others are entered with Little Man Arran, Jakesam and Gold Mine considered the best of the rest.

The day’s nine-race card, which runs off at 12:30 p.m., has attracted 104 entrants, competing for a total purse of just over $150 000.