Big three to do battle
The Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Breeders’ Stakes & Trophy Race Day comes off tomorrow at the Garrison Savannah starting at 12:30 p.m. with ten races on the second day of the first racing season.
Centre of attention on the second day of the first racing season is another clash of the heavyweights Apostle, Show Me The Money and Zoom.
The three will square off in the BTBA Stakes & Trophy Condition race for Barbados-bred four-year-olds and older over 2 000 metres.
The Elias Haloute and Sir Charles Williams-owned Apostle, after his victory over the top-rated horses in the Val Gale Cup over 1 800 metres, had the tables turned on him by Show Me The Money in the T.A Tommy Pierce Memorial Handicap over 1 570 metres.
The son of Bandsman-Peace Token participated in the Caribbean Nations Racing Challenge where he came up empty-handed. He now returns to his favourite hunting ground and is expected to make his presence felt.
Show Me The Money, now the star of Blue Diamonds Stable with two victories from his last three starts, will be seeking bragging rights for the forthcoming Gold Cup.
Zoom, who enjoyed his best ever year last year – winning four races – now gets his best shot at the top two as he is the recipient of ten pounds.
He has more often than not failed to turn back his more popular rivals, and even at this weight advantage, the task ahead appears a massive undertaking.
Derby winners Leave It To Me and Kendal Moon, especially the latter, will fancy their chances of causing an upset.
The excitement following the running of the feature race is expected to spill over into the Ichi Ban Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 105-130 and also open to horses rated 104 and below over 1 100 metres.
Eight-year-old mare Bouncebak shoulders 133 pounds on her return from a short lay-off. Although she returns in good form, she has her work cut out against younger rivals.
Greeley Gone West toppled the top-rated horses in the Bushy Park Trophy Handicap at this trip when taking an identical weight.
One can expect another big effort from him.
Purr Class returns to her favourite distance and should give a good account here.
Peaceful Envoy ran well last effort back from a lay-off and could be tumbling down on the speedsters in the end.
Who’s To Say, Dark Knight, Preach To Me, and Janaki are all at the bottom end of the weight scale and this should bring them right into the equation.