Who So Ever takes feature event at RCMTC&SF CARICOM Day Horserace meet
By Samuel Whyte
It was a day full of excitement when the Ryan Crawford memorial Turf Club and Sports Facilities (RCMTC&SF) CARICOM Day one day horserace meet in collaboration with Banks DIH Limited was staged.
This was despite the inclement weather and heavy rain fall, which hours earlier had flooded the entire area and left the venue under inches of water. The going was heavy as the place was left soggy and the fact that the organizers were able to pull off a successful 10 event incident free meet was in itself an astonishing achievement.
In the end it was the bay Mare out of the USA, Who so Ever owned by Dennis DeRoop of the Simple Royal Stable and ridden by Raj Drepaul that took top honours in the feature event on a day where upsets were also a part of the story. The distances for a number of events were also adjusted due to the heavy going.
The Feature match up for B and lower horses was an exciting and close affair with the winner being decided by a whisker as it took home the $1M top money compliments of Banks DIH Limited and the Elcock family trophy.
The horses were out on an even break with Work Force doing most of the early running along with California Strike and Who So Ever and the chasing pack. Despite the heavy going the race was fast and furious with none of the horses letting up. Around the far turn the Message of the Elcock Stable was moving up with stable mate Mission King also making a move.
Into the homestretch the race was still an open contest with most of the horses bearing down on the finishing line. The end was contentious with the Message bouncing with both Who So Ever and Work Force and thrown into the rails and taking some time to recover by then Who So Ever was heading for the finishing line. However, Mission King with Trinidadian jockey Patrick in control on the outside was coming through like a shot from a gun. The animals virtually crossed the line together, but it was Who So Ever that did enough to win from Mission King with the Message recovering to claim third and Work Force fourth.
Work Force of the Vibert stable with Desmond in the saddle earlier won the E class event in another close finish from the fast finishing Dubai Duchess, with Stormy Lass and Swing Easy third and fourth. The win was worth $500,000 and the Elcock family trophy.
Newly imported Silent Lizze of The Elcock stable ridden by Patrick grabbed hold of the $500,000 and the Sunil Tickaram trophy as it upset the field to win its first race in Guyana in the event for Three year old animals Bred and born in Guyana and the West Indies ahead of Feels Like Gold, Rock Sona and Storm in a tea Cup.
The $250,000 and the Tickaram family trophy for the winner of the Two year old West Indies and Guyana Bred event was taken by Wild Grinder of The Singh Stable with Desmond on the perch. Flying Baby and True Gold occupied the other two spots.
Third World of the Quinn Stable ridden by Yap Drepaul returned to winners row as it carted off the $400,000 and the Aubrey Elcock trophy up for the taking in the event for three year old Guyana Bred horses with Joyful Victory and Watch My Shadow rounding out the money.
Mr Fazil Younas, Face the Fire with Nascimento in the saddle, blazed to victory in the G class event as it romped away with 400,000 and the Roopnauth Sewsankar trophy from a fast finishing Celebration Time, with Intriguing Account and Miss Regina being the other placers.
Party Time of the Ramnarine Stable with R. Drepaul the rider was the winner of the event for Two year old Guyana Bred animals, winning from Silent Night, Jasmine and Sumer Breeze. The win was worth $400,000 and the Suknandan family trophy.
Yap Drepaul guided Funny Sided of the Gray stable to victory in the H class race for the $300,000 money and the Digicel trophy. Dream Girl, Apostle and Wicked Intention finished down the order.
Apostle won the $180,000 and the Chico Singh trophy in the I2 event from Mona Lisa, Speed Vision and Try Again.
The JKL event was won by Its My Time ahead of Pick Pocket, Lucky Gamble and Wonder Flower.
Over 100 horses took part in the day’s activity which had a whopping $9M in cash trophies and other incentives up for grabs.
The champion Jockey award was taken by Raj Drepaul with the Elcock stable taking the championship award and Colin Elcock the Champion trainer trophy.