Saturday, April 13, 2024

Speed to burn


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Today concludes the Barbados Turf Club’s second racing season at the Garrison Savannah and it will be all about speed.
Seven of the nine races are sprints over 1 100 metres for The End Of The Season Raceday, featuring the Final Handicap, the showdown between Shared Adventure and Seattle Sunshine at 5:15 p.m.
There are two exceptions on the card, the first being race four, The September Condition Race for three-year-olds over 1 570 metres, and race seven, the Maiden Handicap.
In race four, Miss Fandando and Sirius Black, seeking a hat-trick of wins, look to be the major players. However, one can expect keen competition from the Blue Diamond Racing pair of Cabin Boy and High Tide.
The pressure of picking sprint winners will be relieved when The Maiden Handicap for three-year-old maidens goes a route of 1 800 metres.
Blue Diamond Racing’s Furious is the standout.
The lack of any real speed could easily leave the gates open for Northern Sheriff to fill that void, thus advancing his victory quest. Scouting for a horse that would run from off the pace in this field is almost non-existent, but the duo of Easter Monday and Sylvia Helen, steady one-pacers at best, could achieve the task.
Returning to the fast lane, race three, The Maintenance Break Handicap for three-years and older horses rated 67-90, may very well be about closing out the race rather than winning from the start.
Run Alke Run and Slip Stream should battle it out for the lead leaving the gates.
While the former has a habit of running out of steam, the latter may be just ripe for the challenge and prove a tough candidate. Captain Sully is a worthy contender.
Chachapoya repaid loyal investors recently at the handsome dividends of 12-and seven-to-one odds.
Her hat-trick quest won’t come easy as the likes of Boo, Between The Sheiks, Devil Woman and Whatadeal are all looking to finish the season with a victory.
The Winning Down Handicap for three-years and older horses rated 27-50 is the race that could allow it.
Moving along to The Added Handicap for three-years and older horses rated 12-35, Greeley Gone West should not have a problem disposing of this field. He has already won this season and now against this rock-bottom crowd, he shines like a beacon. Verden, Cane Cutter and Forest Fire should all feature.
The Penultimate Handicap for three-years and older horses rated 47-70 is anybody’s race. Rock Forever, Golden Moment, Danny Crane, Desert Orchid and Snow White are all leading contenders.
A speed duel is almost certain to unfold once the above quintet goes for the lead. Expect Victor Ludorum and Late Bid to emerge at the death.
My Picks
Race 1: Joshua
Race 2: Glamorous
Race 3: Slip Stream
Race 4: Cabin Boy
Race 5: Devil’s Khandy
Race 6: Verden
Race 7: Easter Monday
Race 8: Desert Orchid
Race 9: Shared Adventure

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