Champtress is returns to winning ways at Kennard Memorial
Sheriff stable takes top honours
It was Champtress, the American Bred racehorse, piloted by Yap ‘old Boy’ Drepaul that did the trick and break the jinx to be the first horse in a while to repeat as winner in a feature event, as it took pole position in the main event when the Kennard’s Memorial Turf Club of Bush Lot farm Corentyne successfully held their annual Post Emancipation horses race meet at the club’s track. Owned by Mr. Dennis DeRoop of the Simple Royal stable of Corentyne, the animal timed its move to perfection with an excellent run down the homestretch to capture the feature B class event and the coveted $1,000,000 and the beautiful Carib Beer trophy, compliments of Ansa McAl Guyana Limited in the 7 furlong event.
It was Dubai Dutches, Got to go and Gullium that did most of the front running as the animals ate up the track going at a blistering pace. Gullium took to the front running somewhere down the back stretch, but by the far turn Champtress had started to make its move on the leaders.
Into the home stretch it was Champtress skillfully ridden by Drepaul that was coming like a Rolls Royce on the inside and eased past the front runners to win by a neck from a fast finishing Tiger Prospect.
Tiger Prospect, a newly imported three year old from the USA and running out of the Elcock stables in its first run on Guyana soil, showed tremendous stamina and speed as it raced through for second. Trailing the pack for most of the race following a bad start, the animal came from last to second as Gullium held on for third ahead of Go to go. This is Drepaul fourth win in the last five feature events.
Majestic of the Sheriff racing stable of West Coast Berbice with Daniel “Buck man” Flores on the perch was simply brilliant as it took top honours in the E and lower event over 6Furlongs from Fresh Prospect and Top of the Line. The win was worth $350,000 and the Balram Starohan trophy.
Work Force of the Vibert Stable with Flores again on mount worked up a steady gallop to secure a gate to pole victory in the Three year old event for animals bred and born in Guyana and the West Indies and classified G and lower over 7furlongs to take away the $250,000 winners money and the Harry Saroop Trophy. The others that burned in the process were Bio Fuel, Face the Fire and Sweet Miss.
Royal Champion, owned, trained and ridden by Rupert Ramnauth, ran like a champion down the homestretch as it came through for a win in the G class 6 Furlong event and the El Dorado stakes and trophy compliments of Demerara Distillers Limited. Dream Girl came through for second as the La Ruffian and South Sea were adjudged joint third. The winner collected $2400, 000.
Settle in Seattle of The Sheriff Racing stable showed that it has settled enough as it chalked up a second win for animals of that entity when it carted off the Two year old 5Furlongs event for the animals bred in The West Indies. Ridden by Jockey Prem Chandra the animal eased away from the rest of the field on the homestretch to take the $200,000 top money and the Romney Ramnarine and Sons Trophy from Something Stylish and Rock Sonia.
De Lion owned trained and ridden by Nascimento roared to victory in the ‘I’ class 6 Furlong events and the $175,000 money and trophy compliments of Lucky Dollar General Stores. Royal Time, Extra Heat and Royal Salute were all humbled.
Miracle Silver of the Bhola Stable with Navin Alli on Board won the I3 5Furlong event. Royal Intention, Cash Connection and JD Junior completed the podium compliments of IPA group of Companies for the Clear Water trophy and the $140,000 first prize.
Black water was rough on its opponent as it easily won the J and L class 5Furlongs race compliments of Nand Persaud and company and Nalico/Nafico trophy and first prize of $100,000.
The champion jockey on show was Daniel Flores with Prem Chandra the runner up. Rupert Ramnauth’s Sheriff Stable was adjudged the top stable on show. The top performers were presented with the accolades by the organizers and the Trophy Stall, Bourda Market.
Over 60 horses participated in the day’s action. (Samuel Whyte)