For more than two decades Demerara Distillers Ltd has supported the Kennard Memorial Turf Club (KMTC) in its bid to promote the sport of horse racing. Such support has enabled organizers of the latter entity to stage action packed race meets that in turn has impacted positively on the fraternity.
Once again, the Kennard Memorial Turf Club (KMTC) will showcase the nation’s top horses when that entity stages the Emancipation Horse Race Meeting at their Bushlot Farm, Corentyne Berbice facility this Sunday, August 3.
Yesterday afternoon, DDL continued to demonstrate faith in the organizers and one of their representatives, Trish Doodnauth, trooped to the Brickdam office of President of the KMTC where she handed over a cheque and trophy to offset the cost of the G1 & Lower race over a distance of 6 furlongs.
The cash donation will be distributed among the top finishers in this race and the winning jockey will receive the lion’s share of $320,000. The second place finisher will pocket half that amount while the 3rd and 4th place finishers will receive $80,000 and $40, 000 respectively.
The race will be sponsored under the Five O brand, a mild vodka with a lemon/lime flavour, and Ms. Doodnauth said that the product is very refreshing and would be sold at the venue on race day.
She praised the organizers for presenting great programmes in the past and said that she anticipates another well organized meet. “It is also important to note the level of professionalism displayed by the riders during these events which makes it a highly anticipated competition,” said Ms. Doodnauth moments after the gift had exchanged hands.
Mr. Kennard thanked his benefactor while reiterating the importance of corporate support for sports events. “DDL has supported us for quite a number of years and naturally I wish, on behalf of the KMTC to extend profound gratitude to those administrators while assuring them that their input is largely responsible for the sustenance of the sport,” Mr Kennard said.
Earlier in the week, Ansa McAl had agreed to sponsor the ‘A & Lower’ race over a distance of one mile where the winning jockey receives one million dollars and the second place finisher pocketing half that amount. The 3rd and 4th place finishers receive $250,000 and $125, 000 respectively.
A total of seven exciting races are scheduled for the day and the other events races on the card are the J3 Maiden over 5 furlongs, J1 & Lower over a similar distance, D3 & Lower, G1 & Lower and the I & Lower, all over a distance of 6 furlongs.
Horse owners are also reminded that all rules applicable to races under the auspices of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority (GHRA), are in force. Entries closed Monday 31 last and no late entry will be accommodated.
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