Jagdeo, Singh and Jumbo Jet and Shariff stables outstanding
By Samuel Whyte
It was Elle’s Vision of the Jagdeo stable that came back after an almost one year rest to whip the field in a gate to post triumph to claim the feature B class event and retain championship honours at the Guyana Cup horserace meet Sunday. Cat Messiah of the Gansham Stable scored a double win to be crowned champion horse as the curtains came down on the event organised by the Jumbo Jet Family in collaboration with the Port Mourant Turf Club at the Port Mourant Turf Club.
With Cooperate Guyana throwing in its support, the activity lived up to most of its pre-race hype with some close finishes as the record holiday crowd had an entertaining day at the races.
It was a day full of action as the crowd spilled over on the track in some cases impeding progress. In the end it was Elle’s Vision running in only its third race with Trinidadian jockey Nicolas Patrick on the perch that was able to create a record and be the only animal to win the Guyana Cup twice and in succession.
The animal was flawless as it left the starting gates racing away in front, holding its own despite being briefly challenged along the way. By the half way mark the front runners were going at a searing gallop as some of the horses started to fade under the pressuring.
The packed arena by that time was on edge as the horses entered the homestretch with Elle’s, Vision up front with Patrick urging it on as it increased its lead with every step to charge to victory and race away with the coveted $3.5M winners money and the Guyana Cup compliments of Banks DIH Limited.
Classified C2 and imported from the USA and carrying a weight of 113, it was astonishing that the animal only had one race a few weeks ago between the last Guyana Cup and now and to come back after such a long layoff to win the 1500M event so easily, thus entering in the record books. The Jumbo Jet stable copped all the remaining places with Grande De Roja, Got to Go and Marathon Man rounding out the money.
Princess Alisha of the Jumbo Jet Racing Stable Shariff racing stable showed that it is the best three year old horse around as Jockey Colin Ross took the Co-feature three year old West Indies bred event for another convincing victory over Monsoon, It’s My Turn and Set For Fame to take the $2.5M top prize and trophy over seven and a half furlongs.
Horses of the Shariff racing stable occupied the top two positions in the D1 and lower six furlongs race as Settle in Seattle, back after a long layoff with Junior Sookhan in the saddles, won from Swing Easy to take the $2M winners money and trophy as Grande De Roja and Who is on the Case were the others that placed.
The $1.5M first prize and trophy up for grabs in the two year old West Indies bred 1000M race was won by Unsettled of the Kishan Bacchus stable with Navin in the saddles. The animal came through with a bolt of speed to go past Today is My day, Golden Key and Settling Jet all of the Jumbo Jet stable for its second win in three starts.
Treacle ridden by Randolph Richmond of the Deokie stable started the day right for another win as it took the E class 1400M event from Swing Easy, Home Bush Baby, Celebrating Love to run away with the $1M winners’ money and trophy.
The G31200M event for the $800,000 winnings and trophy was taken by Joyful Victory of the Jagdeo stable with Patrick on the mount. Quiet Strom and Windy War occupied the other two spots with Bridal Stone Corner and Red Cloud copping a dead heat for the fourth spot.
Top horse Cat Messiah of the G. Singh stable of No 6 Village West Coast Berbice was the top animal on show with two contrasting victories to come out champion horse on the day. In the hotly contested race for three years old over 1200M for Guyana bred horses the animal ridden by Ramnauth, Cat Messiah won by a whisker in a ding don battle with Silent Night of the Sheriff Stable to take the $600,000 and trophy with front runner She So Special third and Easy to win fourth. Cat Messiah then returned with Michael Semple to batter the field in the ‘I’ class 1200M race to take the $300,000 money and trophy from Mary Ann, De Gump and I want Revenge.
I want Revenge with Ross of the Jumbo Jet Stable then took revenge to win the JKL 1000M race worth $200,000 in a close race from, Smarty Light, Prince Bayaya and Mary Ann.
Jockeys Ross and Patrick secured two wins each, while the Jumbo Jet, Gansham Singh and Jagdeo stables scored two wins each to be among the top performers.
The police lead by Assistant Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan and Sergeant Semple were commended for their extra special efforts in making the day by and large an incident free one. Over 110 horses took part in the day’s activity. Coordinators Nazrudeen ‘Jumbo Jet’ Mohamed Senior and Junior were pleased with how things materials and promised bigger things next year.
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