Victor says ‘cheese’
Champion trainer Victor Cheeseman dominated the first day of the Barbados Turf Club’s third racing season – the Courtesy Breeders Classic & Juvenile Raceday yesterday at the Garrison Savannah.
Cheeseman won four races and had two near-misses.
One of those blemishes came in the feature event: the Courtesy Breeders Classic (WFA) – Powered by Hyundai, a grade IR event for Barbados-bred three-year-olds and older horses over 1 800 metres.
His charge Sirius Black failed to justify favouritism as he could not hold off a determined and resurgent Vanity Affair.
Cheeseman’s other second-place finish came via even money favourite Voldemort.
His four winners were Luckyluckyme, Poetic Licence, Halle Rose and Zaltarr.
In the day’s feature, Vanity Affair landed her seventh career success, She led for the majority of the trip, although briefly surrendering her position in the final furlong to Sirius Black, who stalked her throughout.
Zoom swept from the back of the pack straight into contention before entering the homestretch. Inside the final half of a furlong, Sirius Black failed to hold his slender advantage and under the vigorous urging of jockey Anderson Trotman, Vanity Affair got back up to snatch the win by a short head.
That performance in the saddle by Trotman earned him the Bubba’s Sunday Buffet And Breakfast Ride Of The Day.
The win was doubly special for part-owner Mark “Bird” Armstrong as it gave him his first success as a trainer.
Zoom, under Jalon Samuel, took the third place while fourth went to Janak’s Gold with Reshawn Latchman up.
Earlier, the first of the two feature races saw filly Halle Rose leaving no doubt whatsoever as to who is the best locally-bred juvenile.
The heavily-backed favourite tracked the early leader Island Woman from the starting gates before gradually improving her position down the backstretch. She effortlessly sailed into the homestretch without any challengers, keeping her unbeaten record intact.
Howulikedisname tried desperately to mount a challenge but had to settle for second under Trotman. The pair of Double Jeopardy and jockey Jalon Samuel gained third place, with fourth going to Island Woman partnered by Reshawn Latchman.
At the start the day, Cheeseman’s charge Luckyluckyme – owned by Luther G. Miller and Suzanne Miller – easily made it career win No. 3 by taking the Happy Wanderer Condition Race over 1 100 metres.
That was followed by Poetic Licence’s success for owners Bills Inco-operated in the Cruise Missile Allotted Weights over 1 000 metres. Both horses were partnered by jockey Rickey Walcott.
Cheeseman’s final winner was Zaltarr, ridden by Antonio Perch, for new owner Eric Lewis who collected his first win as an owner in his first try. The event in question was Division A of the Hi Girl Handicap over 1 570 metres for horses rated 50-32.
Aysha Syndicate’s Just A Fashion under Jalon Samuel won the Nicodemus Handicap for horses rated 115-97 over 1 570 metres.