By Samuel Whyte
Major players have come onboard for the 8th Annual Guyana Cup horserace meet organised by the Jumbo Jet establishment, which is rolling out $25M in prizes for the successful competitors.
The event is set for Sunday 24th August and is being staged in collaboration with the Port Mourant Turf Club.
The Guyana Cup since its introduction some eight years ago has been setting an unprecedented pace for other sponsors to follow with some massive injection of funds by the Jumbo Jet establishment and other cooperate sponsors. Once again the organizers have come up with some unprecedented amounts with the winnings in both cash and kind being by far the largest in the country.
Nine races are carded for the day and already close to 60 of the country’s best horses have taken entry. A number of new imports are expected to take to the track in their quest for the big money on offer. A number of jockeys from overseas including, Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad, USA and Barbados along with a number of overseas based Guyanese riders will be making the trek home to be a part of the event, with some already in the country.
Most of the top Horses in the country have already signed up for the feature C1 and lower event which has a mouth watering winning prize of $4M and the Guyana Cup Trophy available for the winner from a package of $7.5M in total over 1800M. The other placers in that event will also be handsomely rewarded.
In the Co-feature 1600M event for 3 yr old horses, bred and born in Guyana and the West Indies, the organizers have put up a mouthwatering $2M and trophy.
The Two year old event for West Indies Bred horses which has its first prize tagged at $1.5M and trophy will be run over 1000M.
The E class and lower 1400M event will see the winner racing away with the $800,000 top prize and trophy. The G1 and lower race is a 1200M event where the winning horse will run away with $600,000 and trophy.
The second two year old event is for Guyana bred horses and has a $600,000 price tag along with trophy for the top runner over 1000M.
The H& lower 1000M race guarantees the winning horse a purse of $450,000 and trophy. The ‘I’ and lower race also goes over 1000M with the pole position takings being tagged at $350,000 and trophy. The final race has $250,000 plus trophy at stake for the winner of the J and event in another 1200M affair.
The top Jockey along with the runner up, the top stable and champion trainer will all be presented with trophies and other incentives compliments of the organizers.
Entries closed on Saturday August 16th. The organisers have also put together some interesting incentives for lucky patrons and participants that will be unveiled.
Apart from the riveting horseracing action expected on the track there will also be a lot of added attractions for both adults and kids. There will also be giveaways for the lucky and early patrons and horse owners.
The event will be held under the rules of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority.
For further information contact can be made with Chandu Ramkissoon (624-9063 or 232-0633), Kris Jagdeo (624-6123; 322-0369), Rajendra (Jim –Jo) 618-7278, Ramnauth 337-5311, Romel Jagroop (624-1798) and Campton Sancho 690-0569. The coordinator is Nazrudeen (Jumbo Jet) Mohamed. Race time is 12:00 hrs.
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