Sunday, April 21, 2024

Three cheers for Trotman

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Jockey Anderson Trotman used the Paying Tribute To The Heritage Of The Garrison Savannah Area Raceday to give patrons a timely reminder of why he is an eight-time national champion by landing a hat-trick at the Garrison Savannah today.

Part of the Trotman triple included somewhat of an upset in the feature race – the Garrison Savannah Handicap over 1 570 metres – aboard Arrowhead for owner Gay Smith and trainer Edward Walcott Jr. 

The winner went off as one of the outsiders behind stablemate and favourite Butterfly, who arrived late on the scene and was forced to settle for third place.

Arrowhead was put to the lead and never looked back, as he brought stalker Refire under pressure from the start.  Bearing the heavy impost of 131 pounds, Refire made a gallant effort but got no closer than within one and half lengths of the winner. Won Grand, who was on the pace earlier, faded to fourth place in the race for horses rated 85-67 and lower.

Trotman’s success started from the off when he made all the running in the Barbados Museum and Historical Society Condition Race over 1 570 metres with Patsy Springer’s three-year-old filly Don’t Doubt Doris.

The Bush Hill Handicap saw Trotman at his best, as he temporarily went for the lead aboard the David Seale’s Spa Sprint runner No Not Again at the start. Going toward the three-furlong marker, the pair surrendered the lead to Ceroc, who made an early move for the top prize. Trotman’s patience was vindicated as he brought No Not Again with a resurgent effort that catapulted them across the winning line.

The card was delayed by an hour and a half when Sebcoe and jockey Jarelle Beckles fell in the homestretch in the fourth race when challenging for top honours.

Sebcoe may have suffered minor damage, if any, while up to press time reports on Beckles indicated that he escaped any major injuries. He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

There were a couple of wins for owners Gay Smith and Sir David Seale along with trainers Walcott, Liz Deane and Greg Goddard.

Smith’s other win came through three-year-old gelding Top Kat who took the Stafford House (AWR) over 1 570 metres.

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