Digicel lends support to Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club meet
Several of the nation’s top horses are scheduled to showcase their skills when the Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club (RCMTC) stages an exhilarating day of horseraces at the club’s Alness, Corentyne racetrack on Sunday November 1.
Already, telephone conglomerates, Digicel have acquiesced to a sponsorship deal to offset expenses for the co-feature race among the 3 years old. Yesterday morning, Marketing/Communications Manager, Alea McDonald fulfilled this commitment when she handed over a cheque to the tune of $200,000 to representative of the RCMTC, Quacy Morgan. Several media representatives as well as McDonald’s colleagues were on hand to witness the occasion.
The young executive assured the gathering that Digicel is always ready and able to render corporate support to organizations that promote local sports events.
Earlier in the week, beverage giants, Banks DIH Limited had made a contribution of some $600,000 for the ‘C’ Class main event over a distance of 1300m.
The winner of this race would cart off half of the sponsorship prize along with the coveted Banks DIH trophy while second place finisher takes home $150,000. Jockeys finishing in the third and fourth positions win $75,000 and $38,000 respectively.
Indeed Turfites could expect a day of top races since most of the country’s top horses would be on show for cash prizes and trophies valued at more than $2.5M.
The Digicel sponsored event would see horses bred in Guyana and the West Indies going great guns over 1700m.
Rhythm Stars International Sound System, have also joined the sponsorship crew and would be providing the music to add the spirit to the occasion.
Among the horses on show are, Miss Republic, Irish Gel, The Message, Sweet Caramel, Jumbo Joy, Great Memories, Bad News, Top on the Line, Night Crescendo, Lady of my Dreams, Mattarazzi, Sweet Romance, Zyonetta, Peaceful, Fresh Prospect, Miss Bounty, Alphabet, and Face the Music, among others.
The organizers have also disclosed that they are awaiting word from several other corporate entities towards their sponsorship package. Horseracing fans can also expect exciting competition in the event that features the two years olds.
Horses that are Guyana and West Indies bred would pit their skills over 1300m and the winning jockey rides off with a purse of $175,000.
The ‘F Class’ division covers 1700m and is also expected to be very competitive. The winner earns $140,000 while the G Class 1100m gallop will see some of the top animals in the sport competing for the a first prize of $100,000 while participants of the ‘H Class’ category would be vying for a first prize of $90,000 over a distance of $1200m.
The other events listed for the day’s programme are: the ‘I and Lower’ over 1400m for a first prize of $80,000 and the ‘Unclassified Division 2 & 3’ match up where the winner carts off $60,000.
Meanwhile, coordinator of the event, Colin Elcock said that the track is in perfect condition and Turfites can expect a day replete with exciting races.
The word from the Met office suggests excellent weather conditions and the horseracing magnate envisages a day where numerous records would be broken.
Entries close tomorrow and jockeys and horse owners interested in registering are asked to contact the following persons at their telephone numbers: Inshanally Habibullah (623-4495, 648-6522 and 623-5453), Lillian Crawford (331-0048), Lionel Moonsammy (328-7253) or Bobby Vaughn (333-0290 & 333-0301).
Persons may also wish to register at the office, # 13 Village Hermitage No 19 Road, East Coast Berbice. The first race starts at 13.00 hrs sharp.