Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Feature race open affair


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It could be a testing time for punters today trying to find a winner in the feature St Anne’s Garrison Handicap over 1 570 metres at the Garrison Savannah.
A full complement of 12 runners will compete in this race for three-year-old and older horses rated 75-100, which is also open to horses 74 and below on the first day of the Barbados Turf Club’s second racing season.
The principals here, Ring Time, Little Man Arran and Indanger, were all runners in this year’s Gold Cup and have proven an expensive investment for punters as they have struggled for form.
The lesser rated horses have been exhibiting decent form, but their progression has not been at a particularly rapid rate; hence the aforementioned trio should be effective in this modest contest. Another interesting aspect of this race will be the track conditions, which may have some cut as a result of weekly rains.
Erados was an extremely impressive winner of the Dene Court Luxury Villa Trophy Handicap for horses rated 68-90 over today’s distance shouldering 130 pounds and has been generally consistent this year and could improve more.
Ring Time, who has endured a 20-month losing streak, hits the board on the odd occasion but is hard to fancy. Little Man Arran has found his introduction to the top class horses a rough assignment and should relish this step down.
Captain Sully was a respectable fourth in the Kendal Moon Trophy Handicap for horses rated 118-140. On his day he would make light work of this company but will need the going to be in his favour.
Island Memories has not put a foot wrong for his 2012 campaign recording a pair of wins, a second and a third-place finish. He will be one of the leading players especially if there is some cut in the conditions. Charge It has not shown inspiring form but will still be a dark horse with his weight.
Indanger started his comeback in 2012 with two memorable efforts. He was second to Kendal Moon in a race for horses rated 88-110 over 1 570 metres, followed by a third-place finish in this year’s Coolmore “Home Of Champions” Stakes And Trophy against top-rated horses over 1 800 metres.
His Gold Cup flop can be put down to the soft conditions that prevailed. However, after his last run he appears out of excuses. Victor Ludorum takes a step up in class and has no realistic claims once the more streetwise horses return to form.
Sea Gypsy’s 14-month losing streak is not as bad as it sounds and the good news is that she has not gone under by more than eight lengths to any winner in that period. Istanbul put in a gallant effort only to be denied on the line. He should build on that performance, and conditions will dictate how close he gets.
Zaltarr, once a dominant sprinter at his level, has suddenly been exposed to route races. He is suited to this trip, but the weatherman dictates his chances, while after three great efforts, Fusaichi Ridge’s form has gone into decline.
My Picks:
Race 1: Indian Soul
Race 2: Run For Your Money
Race 3: Divine Destiny
Race 4: Irish Thunder
Race 5: Reward Me
Race 6: Just U And Me
Race 7: Sea Gypsy
Race 8: Horizon

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