Saturday, April 20, 2024

Festival fever at Savannah


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Tomorrow is Crop Over Race Day at the Garrison Savannah, when the races are named after popular events, such as the Pic-O-De-Crop contest.
The sixth day of the Barbados Turf Club’s second racing season will see 85 horses competing in eight races for purses totalling $105 500.
Also entered on the card are this year’s Sandy Lane Gold Cup winner Aristodemus and Sandy Lane Spa Sprint Stakes and Trophy winner Shared Adventure. They are carded to meet in the main attraction, the Crop Over Festival Handicap, over 1 100 metres. Eight two-year-old juveniles are also due to make their racing debut.
Six fillies and two colts – all West Indian bred – will line up in the first race, the Junior Kadooment Condition Race over the minimum trip of 1 000 metres at 1:45 pm.
From a breeding perspective, Kariba Rose, the daughter of Carpe Diem out of Valdance Creek, stands out. She is also the half-sister of the speedy Slip Stream. This filly is owned by Neville Isdell and conditioned by Andrew Nunes.
On the training side of things, Victor Cheeseman, who won the first two-year-old race last year, has entered Princess Di by Toby’s Dream out of Extra Belle. She has been going exceptionally well at exercise and hails from a stable that has recently attracted attention having housed this year’s Triple Crown hopeful in the filly, Nekitta. Both horses are owned by Lewin Godding.
Another entrant of interest is the G. Devere Davis-owned Joshua, a colt by Janak out of China Silk and trained by Boston John.
The 1 800 metres Pic-Of-De-Crop Handicap has the makings of an interesting affair, not only for the interest that the doubly entered Khartoum (117) will bring to it with his antics associated with going around the paddock bend; but also the fact that of the nine entered only one has serious stamina limitations, that being Something Happenin.  
Last year’s upset Derby winner Bandera Belle, who is yet to re-enter winner’s enclosure, takes the top impost of 130 pounds.
Once she runs near to her best she should be involved in the finish. Open Secret, taking 123 pounds, and Midnight Touch, with 117, are among the best closers in this field but on present form both will need to get their act together.
Should Khartoum go here, his performance would be scrutinized as to whether he will be a factor in the upcoming Derby.
At around 5:25 p.m. the Bridgetown Market Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 42-65 and also open to horses rated 41 and below over 1 100 metres, will bring the card to a close. Top weight in this efvent goes to the out-of-form Rock Forever, listed to take 133 pounds.
It does not appear too much of a daunting assignment for her with the draw to her advantage. Her form should make an upward curve. Golden Moment, Between The Sheiks and Danny Crane will all share 131 pounds and must be watched.


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