With some 60 of the country’s leading racehorses entered to compete, horseracing lovers are assured of an action packed day of exciting races when the Norman Singh Memorial Turf Club (NSMTC) stages its one-day meet at the Club’s Bel Air #6 Village, West Coast Berbice racetrack on Sunday.
Lucrative cash rewards and beautiful trophies worth some $4M are up for grabs and from the pre-race day hype, fans are promised a treat.
The main attraction on the eight-race programme brings together the C & Lower Class horses battling over a distance of 1600m in the Banks DIH sponsored event. A top prize of $350,000 is at stake and this event alone could see fans getting their money’s worth.
Among the entrants that have sparked interest among racing pundits include Tropical Passion, Great Memories, The Message, Jumbo Joy, Sequins, Annie’s Playmate, Laura Lee in Flight, Fire Power, Sweet Carmel, Judy’s Perfect and Illogical.
Sponsored by Dalip Trading, the 3-year- olds in the open category is the main supporting event featuring horses that are West Indian as well as Guyana bred competing for honours with the winner collecting a $200,000 purse. The 1600m gallop will see Coconut Boy continuing its rivalry with Royal Champion, Prixie Fire, Lady of my dreams, Top of the Line, Star Streak, War Path and Casino Royale are all in with a chance.
Horses would also match strides in the 2-year-old open over 1000m for a $200,000 purse, while the F and lower class would compete for a first prize of $150,000, over a distance of 1200m.
Other races are the G&H and Lower for a $130,000 prize over 1200m, while the I and Lower class battles over 1200m for a first place prize of $110,000. The Unclassified Division 1 & 2 competes over 1200m for a purse of $95,000. The final race of the day will witness horses in the Unclassified Div 3 battling over a distance of 1200m for a winner’s purse of $85,000.
Rehabilitation works at the Norman Singh facility according to Organising Secretary Compton Sancho are said to have been completed and both fans and the horses will enjoy comfort.
The track has been reported to be in excellent condition despite recent rainfall in the area and fast and explosive races are anticipated. Further information on the programme can be obtained from Sancho.
Jockeys and trainers are reminded that they must possess a valid GHRA licence in order to participate. Race time is 1:30pm.
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