Friday, April 12, 2024

Marshall Classic on Saturday


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The Barbados Turf Club (BTC) will pay tribute to legendary trainer Bill Marshall tomorrow.
The third day of the BTC’s final season is the W.C. “Bill” Marshall DSFC SCM Creole Classic and will have eight races on the card, starting at 1:15 p.m. at the Garrison Savannah.
The feature race, fittingly named after Barbados’ most decorative trainer, has attracted eight West Indian-bred two-year-old competitors vying for a $46 750 purse over 1 570 metres.
Among the field are three winners – Nekitta and Cavanak, who both carry 118 pounds, and Khartoum with 123 pounds.
Trained by Victor Cheeseman, Nekitta won her second start when she took the Mervin Harvey Trophy Condition race over 1 000 metres. She has been very consistent always giving the impression that she will appreciate the extra distance. This is her opportunity to confirm her fans’ expectations.
Cavanak was a surprise winner in her maiden start, romping home in the New Castle Trophy Condition race over 1 100 metres. Her victory was not only impressive but done in a pleasing manner.
Khartom will probably enjoy the favourite’s tag in this event, having recorded the only win by a two-year-old over this distance. He impressively saw his way to the winners’ enclosure in the Officers And Flag Bearers Condition race.
Of the others, High Tide, Janak’s Gold and Devil’s Kandy are also capable of landing the top prize.
Revs should run high in the Blast Of Storm Handicap for three-year-old horses rated 52-75 and also open to horses rated 51 and below over 1 100 metres. The informed Lune De Barachois takes the top weight of 133 pounds. She is really enjoying her career and her form is pleasing.
However, the real interest of the race will surround the comeback of Chimichurri, who returns from a lengthy layoff. He was among the top juveniles last year before an injury setback.
Run For Your Money, despite being asked to shoulder 131 pounds, must stand a very good chance, having been no lower that third in his last two efforts. Stablemate Rickoshey (132) disappointed in his last two starts after finding place positions in each leg of this year Triple Crown classics.
It would be extremely pleasing if he could finally reward his connections and justify the handicappers powerful rating.
Golden Moment (121), Byhookorbycreek (126) and Between The Sheiks (125) can all challenge for a slice of the pie.
Race 3 for West Indian-bred three-year-old non-winners of two over 1 800 metres will be a test of stamina.
Rickoshey packs top weight of 126 pounds, but the lone standout here is Open Secret (120). She was third in this year’s United Barbados Derby, finishing ahead of Rickoshey. She is the one to beat here.
Roars (116) was a major disappointment throughout the Triple Crown classics. He should find this field much easier to handle.
With the others all lightly weighted and enduring horrendous form, this could be the ideal time for Something Happening, Heavenly Angel and Memory Lane to offer their connections a glimmer of hope.


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