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Gold Cup put back indefinitely

Nick Maitland

Gold Cup put back indefinitely
Rosette Peirce on the job at the 2017 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup. (FILE)

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For the first time in almost 40 years, horse racing’s Barbados Gold Cup has not been contested on the first Saturday in March.

The prestigious event and the accompanying pomp and pageantry usually make for the biggest day on the local horse racing calendar. However, due to the continued threat of COVID-19 and the suspension of sporting events, this year’s Sandy Lane Gold Cup has been postponed indefinitely.

Chief executive officer of the Barbados Turf Club (BTC), Rosette Peirce, expressed her disappointment at the BTC’s inability to host the annual showpiece as well as the impact of the ten-week layoff so far for this year.

“To be blunt, this is heart-wrenching,” she lamented. “This is what we do – our passion – and what we live for.” (NM)

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