Turfites promised entertainment in 6th annual Guyana Cup Horserace Meeting
Horseracing fans are gearing up for lots of fun and excitement when the officials of Jumbo Jet Auto Sales present the 6th Annual Guyana Cup Horserace Meeting at the Port Mourant Race Track, Corentyne Berbice, on Sunday August 26.
Sponsorship has been the major bugbear in the effective staging of these activities and the organizers have sought such support from the corporate community. Yesterday afternoon, two organizations responded positively and donated cash and prizes towards the meet.
Coordinator of the event, Melissa Chattergoon, accompanied by her assistant, Compton Sancho and Public Relations and Media Specialist, Ajay Baksh visited the Trophy Stall, Bourda Market where Ramesh Sunich donated a trophy for the champion jockey.
Shortly afterwards, the organizing group visited the offices of Hand in Hand Insurance Company Ltd where a member of staff, Mark Samaroo, handed over a cheque of an undisclosed amount to Ms Chattergoon.
The coordinator was especially grateful for the gift and expressed such sentiments to her benefactors. Marketing coordinator of Hand in Hand, Andrea Jodhan Khan said that her company is pleased to be of assistance in keeping with its mandate to support local sports.
Mr. Sunich expressed similar sentiments even as he wished the organizers well. Mr. Sancho acknowledged the kind gestures of the two business entities and assured them that their contribution would assist greatly in the success of the meet.
Meanwhile, the organizers have assured turfites that all systems are in place for an action packed day of horseracing. There will be eleven exiting races among horses that are bred in North America and the Caribbean vying for over thirty million dollars in cash and other prizes. Ms Chattergoon has beseeched the support of the public even as she envisaged the excitement in store. She urged the non-traditional fans to be a part of the day’s activities which would also include lots of family oriented events, while the popular Slingerz sound system would provide delectable music.
Mr. Sancho has been an integral part of the sport and has been organizing events for over three decades. He said that indeed the sport has improved immensely ever since the late Harold Tulsi, another horserace enthusiast, had increased the winning stakes to one million dollars. “Presently, horses are competing for prizes well over that amount which is an indication of the strides made in the sport,” he intimated.
The feature attraction, the ‘A & Lower over a distance of 1400m, carries a first prize of 3 million dollars with a second prize of half that amount. The third and fourth place finishers will win $750,000 and $375,000 respectively. Then there is the race among the 3 years old horses over a similar distance where the winner receives 2 million dollars. The 2nd to 4th place finishers receive $1,000,000, $500,000 and $250,000 respectively.
The two years old animals will compete over a distance of 1000m and the winner rides off with one million dollars. The second place finisher will get $500,000, while the 3rd and 4th places receive $250,000 and $125,000 respectively. The other races on for the day are the E & Lower, F & Lower, G & Lower, 3 years Old Open, 2 years old Open, H & Lower, 13 & Lower and the Division 1, 2 & 3 event.
Several top notched thoroughbreds will be on show including Jet Set Go, Whosoever, Swing Easy, Night Crescendo, Gotto Go and Awesome Warrior among others. Horse owners are required to lodge a 50% non refundable deposit not later than Monday August 20. Entries can be uplifted from Chandu Ramkissoon (624-9063/232-0633) or Chris Jagdeo (624-6123/322-0369). Additional information could also be had from any of the above mentioned individuals.