The Message destroyed its opponents in feature race, while Zip a De Do Dah, Zyonetta and Laura Lee in Flight also scored impressive wins when the Kennard Memorial Turf club successfully staged a grand Post Emancipation one day horserace meet at its track, Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne, Berbice.
Colin Elcock had plenty to shout about as his The Message showed class in destroying its opponents in winning the feature C class event. The Feature event, which was sponsored by DDL for the DDL trophy and ran over a distance of seven furlongs, saw six horses entering the starting gates. With some $320,000 at stake the animals were keen to show their ability.
Putting his disappointment behind after the Guyana Cup, Mr. Colin Elcock moved his trusted steed up in class to challenge for championship honours among the big guns. As its name suggests The Message continues to send searing signals that it is the horses to beat as it continued to pound out victory after victory at every meet with yet another devastating display.
The Message battled up front at the start of the race as the sprinters Sequins, Sir Balajee and the Gap opened up with a searing gallop. However as the animals neared the far turn Jockey Paul Delph decided to call on his mount and The Message like a shot from a gun, tore up the track into the turn and into the homestretch to dust its opponents.
Pinch the Cash of the Rumour’s racing stable got a pinch of the money in coming in ahead of Sir Balajee and Sequins in the next three respective positions.
Amidst the jubilation of winning some unscrupulous spectators wondered unto the track even before the race was completed. The authorities decided that they would fine the Elcock stable for the infringement. Elcock objected stating that the persons involved are not members of his entourage. The ensuing difference resulted in Elcock deciding that he would not participate in the presentation ceremony, citing many illegalities and irregular practice that is occurring unchecked in the sport and being condoned by the GHRA.
Meanwhile, a brilliant piece of riding by apprentice jockey Krishna Singh aboard Zip A De Do Dah of the Jumbo Jet stables saw the animal upstaging stablemate Top of the Line and Prixie Fire in the co-feature 3 year old event to take the $200,000 purse in the seven furlong event.
Zyonetta was unstoppable, speeding away with the 2 year old event in a devastating performance winning from gate to pole. The animal of the Jumbo Jet stable which was ridden by Prem Chandra is emerging as one to beat in the two year old category. The win in the 5 furlong race was worth $180,000. Miss Bounty, Little Spike and Monalisa were the others in the money.
Laura Lee in Flight of the Customs racing stable with Daniel Flores on the mount literally flew away from opponents to run unchallenged in winning the F and lower 6 furlong race and $180,000 first prize ahead of stable mate Sir Balajee, Finishing Touch could finish no better than third.
The G class match as anticipated was one of the most keenly contested event with Baby Boy holding off a fast finishing Face the Music to win by a nose. The 7 furlong race which had $140,000 as the prize money for the winner was hotly contested throughout as the leady changed hands constantly.
Jockey Paul Delph on board Face the Music belatedly called the horse to move forward. The animal responded immediately and surged like a rocket, but it was little too late as Prem Chandra on top of Baby Boy held on for the win.
Bad News ridden by Kumar Singh of the Leary Robinson stable made sure it was bad news indeed for its opponents in the I Class 6 furlong contest, winning from start to finish to claim the $120,000 prize ahead of Baby Boy, Custom Warrior and Funny Side.
Clear Victory with Daniel Floris in the stirrups romped to victory in the J and K class race to get the days proceeding rolling. The win was worth $95,000. Red Bull, Bounty Flyer and Ruffian had a rough time down the order as they rounded out the money.
Prem Chandra and Daniel Flores were adjudged the champion and runner up jockeys. The Jumbo Jet stable shook off its disappointment at the Guyana Cup to end as champion stable.
Head trainer of the Jumbo Jet stable Shamkumar ‘Short man’ Chattergoon was adjudged the top trainer on show. They all received trophies compliments of Ramesh Sunich of the trophy stall Bourda Market.
Crowd control at the day’s event improved tremendously and the media hoped that it will continue. Barring a few incidents of persons encroaching the track the day’s event was well organized and executed.
The Mahaicony Racing Club one day meet slated to be held on September 13 at the Arjune and Hamlet racetrack at branch road Mahaicony has been rescheduled to October 4.
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