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No firm favourite for Derby


No firm favourite for Derby

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THE SUBSCRIPTION LIST for the Massy United Insurance Barbados Derby has been closed and there is no firm favourite leading up to the big race on August 6.

The Derby promises to be an extremely open affair with at least 13 horses being nominated after the third and final subscription closed last Friday for the third jewel of the Barbados triple crown.

“I usually can pick out one horse, but this season you are looking at four or five horses with good chances,” said Mohommed Mohamad, horseman liason officer at the Barbados Turf Club.

“I can honestly say this will be an open affair. Steven Allan (once fit), Daddy’s Wish, Northern Star, Sadler’s Dream and Stolen all with an even chance of winning, so to name a favourite is just too close to call.”

The other nominees are for the 2 000 metres or ten furlong race are Banja, Maussane, Silver Bullet, Big Red, Brighton Belle, Poetry In Motion, Siavonga and Kangaroo Jack.

The in-form Steven Allan has been scratched for the second jewel of the triple crown next week Saturday because of injury after winning the Guineas last month. However, he is still entered in the Derby and will be monitored closely.

Massy United Insurance has committed to a purse of $68 000 for the Barbados Derby, with a winner’s purse of $37 400. (PR)