The Kennard Memorial Turf Club (KMTC) is noted for organizing action packed horse race Meets and turfites are expected to come out in their numbers this Sunday, May 18, when those organizers host a Pre-Independence event that will feature some of the country’s top thoroughbreds competing for huge monetary prizes.
While the action on the track is eagerly anticipated, turfites cannot enjoy these races devoid of the input of the corporate community. As such, it is through obligation and commitment that the management of the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) has once again acquiesced to another sponsorship deal to offset the huge expenses associated with the organizational costs.
Consequently, President of the KMTC, Justice Cecil Kennard visited the Main St office of the sponsor where Chief Executive Officer, Omadatt Samaroo, handed over a cheque in excess of $150,000 for the winner of the J 3 and W/A race over 5 furlongs. Shortly after the cheque exchanged hands Mr. Samaroo explained that while his organization supports all sports activities, the relevant organizations are required to satisfy the rigid criteria of his organization.
Among these are the hosting of Board meetings and legal registration with a functional board. Mr. Samaroo also pointed out that the proceeds of the event being sponsored must also be utilized towards the upgrading of the respective infrastructure with the communities and other stakeholders being the beneficiaries.
“We’ve noted that the KMTC has satisfied the criteria and as such we had no problem in acquiescing to their request for sponsorship,” pronounced Mr. Samaroo. He also noted that the KMTC has recently staged a lunch and award ceremony at the Bushlot Farm headquarters where the principals of that organization recognized the input of those organizations and individuals that have contributed to the development of the sport.
Mr. Kennard was appreciative of the support rendered and told Mr. Samaroo just that. He reiterated the importance of the sponsors as an important cog towards the development of the sport. He acknowledged Mr. Samaroo’s commendations and said that the aforementioned function was arranged to demonstrate gratitude to sponsors for the support rendered over the years. Mr. Kennard said that all systems are in place and the weather forecast has suggested favourable conditions on race day.
Several other races are carded for that day including the event between the 3 and 4 years old horses over a distance of 6 furlongs where the winning jockey carts off $300,000 and the second place finisher receiving half that amount. There will also be four other races in the GI and Lower, J1 and Lower, D1 and Lower and the I and Lower.
Activities will be conducted under the auspices of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority and all rules and conditions are applicable.
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