Saturday, April 13, 2024

Dancin David returns


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Sandy Lane Gold Cup champion Dancin David will be the centre of attention when the Barbados Turf Club’s Hall Of Fame Race Day runs off at the Garrison Savannah tomorrow, beginning at 1:45 p.m.
The fourth day of the first racing season will see the Sir David Seale-owned, Liz Deane-trained horse making a comeback after an injury sustained in last year’s Amstel Cup over 2 000 metres.
He will race from the outside box, No. 8, in the feature, the E. Keith Walcott QC Memorial Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 110-125 over 1 570 metres.
One race likely to create a stir is the Harry Hunn Memorial Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 70-90 and also open to horses rated 69 and below over 2 000 metres.
Top weight goes to the out of form Blue Diamond Racing-owned Captain Sully, which is down to carry 130 pounds.
The main focus, however, will lie squarely on the performances of Island Memories (120), Summer Time (113) and Local Speed (117), all of whom are entered for next month’s Tanglewood Stakes & Trophy at the identical distance.
Indian Officer, shouldering 127 pounds, appears to be the real danger in this race while Grace Chapel, handicapped at 117 pounds, should give a good account.
Race 3, the Daring Dan Condition Race over 1 100 metres, has the makings of an interesting sprint event. This race for three-year-old and also open to West Indian-bred four-year-old horses rated 42-65 will see triple winner Rahy Stormello and Shared Decision sharing the top weight of 128 pounds.
The latter ran very impressively in his only outing when he finished a game second to Flying South in the Realtors Limited Trophy Condition Race at tomorrow’s trip.
Rahy Stormello finished second to Seattle Sunshine in the Boxing Day Juvenile Open Condition Race. However, he was awarded the race after Seattle Sunshine failed a urine sample.
The weights do favour Seattle Sunshine again and one can expect another good account from this entrant.
Miss Fandando, down to carry 123 pounds, has been showing improvement with every start.
A full field of 12 runners will bring the afternoon’s racing programme to a close in the Allan G. Seale Memorial Handicap competing over 1 570 metres.
The weight toppers here are Sir David Seale’s out of form mare Missed Storm and Mr Brains-owned Between The Sheiks. Both will shoulder 130 pounds.
The latter has been no lower than third in his last three outings, including a win in the Diamonds International/Vene D’Amour (Handicap) over 1 100 metres for horses rated 42-65.
Dunwiddaat is next in at the weights with 128 pounds with similar form to Between The Sheiks in his last three races; except that his win has come at this 1 570 metres trip.
The weights are fairly evenly distributed and it brings several horses into the equation. Among them are Vandross (127), Spellbound (128), Byhookorbycreek (127) and Mrs B (126).


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