Miss Republic conquers all to win Guyana Cup feature clash
Crawford stable takes top honours, Jagdeo stable also impressive
By Samuel Whyte
It’s a case of name and nature as Mr. Colin Elcock’s top mare Miss Republic conquered them all, blazing the trail to take the feature C class event and the coveted $1.2M top prize and the Banks DIH Guyana Cup classic trophy.
The animal took the top honours when the Jumbo Jet Auto Sales and Stables in Collaboration with The Rising Sun Turf Club successfully held it Fourth Annual Guyana Cup horserace meet last Sunday at the Rising Sun Turf, Arima Park, West Coast Berbice.
The arena was packed, with the sun out in all its glory as the more than 100 horses’ battled for top honours and the more than $10M in cash and trophies and other prizes up for grabs.
The main event over a distance of 1600M saw Pinch the Cash followed by Miss Republic, Marathon Man and Home Bush Baby in a bunch leading the way with the others not far behind. With the track heavy and on the slower side, the experience of the jockeys were called into play. With Daniel Flores on mount Miss Republic and Jamaican Andron Findlay astride Pinch De Cash, the two animals continued to battle for the lead. However as the animals hit the straight for home it was Flores that spurred Miss Republic, as the animal into overdrive cantering to victory by some six lengths and claim the hefty takings. Pinch De Cash, Laura lee in Flight and Night Crescendo were the others placing.
There were much excitement and controversy in the co-feature, the 3yr old event for Guyana and West indies bred horses in the Zenyatta memorial Classic also over 1600M. The event was dubbed as a grudge match between Sabrina’s Princess of the Jagdeo stable Peaceful and Celebration Time of the Elcock stable and Jen’s pride of the Rumours Stable, all top runners in the division.
With the slow going there was a constant battle along the way as the animals fought for the lead. Sabrina’s Princess with Rupert Ramnauth in control took up the running and held on to the lead. As the animals cantered for home, second place Stormy Lass of the Habibullah stables with May in the stirrups tried to pass on the inside but was blocked as Ramnauth headed for the finishing post and the hefty $1M and trophy.
Mr. Kris Jagdeo’s bay colt Better than Gold made it two wins for the connections of that entity as it romped to victory in the Jumbo Jet Auto Sales and Cummings Electrical sponsored event for two year old animals bred and born in Guyana and West Indies.
The animal continues to get better as it chalked up another win in convincing fashion. With jockey Rupert Ramnauth in charge the animal led from gate to pole and was never challenged as it destroyed the field for one of the most convincing wins on the day’s card to take the $800,000 first prize and trophy. Irish Girl and Sabrina’s Joy had a torrid time in finishing second and third in the 1100M event.
Wicked Intentions of the Cort stables with Mahendra Sukhoo on the mount was in a no nonsense mood as it destroyed the opposition for its third success in winning the two year old event with a gate to pole for horses bred and born in Guyana also over 1100M. $400,000 was the winnings as Water Wave, Apostle and Northern Junior were the others that placed.
Night Crescendo of the Crawford stable shone brightly on the bright and sunny day as it took top honours in the E class event with a blistering home run to take the $600,000 top prize compliments of the Norman Singh Turf Club and the Guyana Tourism Authority trophy. Ridden by Flores, Night Crescendo with a fresh burst of speed was able to outdistance itself from the Gap and Fresh Prospect as they finished in that order.
There was much controversy in the Digicel sponsored G class event. South Sea ridden by Kevin Paul running out of the Chattergoon stable was declared the winner and copped the $400,000 winner’s money and Digicel Trophy after the Gap was disqualified for running out of its class. Stylish Line, Pixie Fire and Dubai Duchess were thus given higher placing.
It was a second win for Connections of the Crawford stable in as many starts as Amy Jane came through with a blistering gallop to past its opponents to take the $300,000 top prize compliments of Imperial Manufacturers. Casino Royal, Finishing Touch and Baby Boy finished down the order.
It was a royal day for the connections of the Matthews stable as the Diplomat seared to two victories from two starts. Running in the ‘I class contest the animal had the better of Dream Girl, Savion and Lyana as it carted off the $200,000 purse.
In the division 1, 2, 3 event it won the $100,000 top money from Sporting Time, Try Again and Milley.
The I3 and lower race for winners of one race and lower saw Mona Lisa of the Crawford stable rounding out a fine day for the connections of that entity, with its third and championship honours. Mona Lisa with Sukhoo in charge was able to race to victory with a come from behind win and take the $150,000 purse and trophy compliments of Yellow Mining. Sun Razor, Savion and Royal Time were clipped into submission.
At the end of the day’s proceedings the Crawford Stable was adjudged champion stable with their three wins. Champion jockey honours went to Daniel Flores. Trainer senior Council Marcel Crawford was adjudged champion trainer. They were all presented with trophies compliments of Ramesh Sunich of the Trophy Stall, Bourda market.
It was a sublime day for the organizers and patrons at large as those on hand had a thoroughly enjoyable day at the races.