Sunday, April 21, 2024

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The ninth day of the Barbados Turf Club’s second race season – the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Race Day – is set to roll off at 1:45 p.m. at the Garrison Savannah tomorrow.
The day will see horses competing in eight races with the main attraction being the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Sprint Stakes & Trophy, a Grade III event for Barbadian-bred horses three years old and older over 1 100 metres.
This race has attracted a mere six entrants headed by 2011 Gold Cup winner Zoom. Shouldering the top weight of 132 pounds simply doesn’t seem enough to stop the Gay Smith-owned gelding from getting the victory.
At level weight with sex allowance being the difference, it looks a tough assignment for his five rivals.
Completing this field are Must Be The Money (132 pounds), who scampered home in the Early Detection Best Protection Trophy Handicap for horses rated 60-85 over 1 100 metres. He will need to be at his best in order to celebrate a repeat success.
Slip Stream (127 pounds) will need the going to be on top and may well be a few gallops short.
Vitality (132 pounds) has given races his all in recent times but has had to settle for a place position and appears on a similar course.
Golden Moment, carrying 127 pounds, has dropped in form badly, while Kingdora, shouldering 132 pounds, has given glimpses of returning to the winner’s enclosure but horses with younger legs have showed no mercy on him.
All of these look set to make it a great race for second position.
Race 2, the Divine Messenger Condition Race for two- and three-year-old maidens over 1 100 metres, will hold special interest if only because of the racing debut of the imported two-year-olds.
Talk around the track centres around Shared Decision, owned by H and M, that will be in action for the first time.
Top weight in this race goes to Dr Dean Springer’s colt Valueforyourmoney at 128 pounds. The horse has been away from the track for some time and could be welcomed back by a young brigade of fire.
Three-year-old non-winners will contest the Tiarah Handicap over 1 100 metres that will see Cavaichi taking the top weight of 133 pounds. The results of this event should make his elusive local victory a thing of the past.
A.P. Vincero will carry 124 pounds and while his form has been reasonable, he has been off the track for a little while so fitness concerns will be an issue.
Discreetwon won his last start, the Emancipation Day Handicap, over 1 800 metres and has also scored over this trip. He is one of the strong contenders.

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