By Samuel Whyte
While entries were expected to be close last Saturday the organizers were still being bombarded with volumes of calls, emails, messages and other requests as horses owners, trainers and other connections tried desperately to be on board for the much anticipated Guyana Cup 2014.
The Summer Buster $25M Guyana Cup horseracing spectacle and entertainment activity, which is organized by The Jumbo Jet Auto Sales and racing stables along with Banks DIH Limited and other sponsors, is slated for next Sunday 24th August 2014.
According to the organizers, so far over 100 of Guyana best horses have taken entry for the much anticipated multimillion dollars horserace meet.
Most of the major stables are on board with multiple entries. The Jumbo Jet and Chattergoon Racing have over 15 entries, while the Shariff Stable will comes in next with eight. Others on board includes the Elcock/Poonai, Jagdeo, Vibert, Habibulla, Crawford, Simple Royal, Sooklall, Nascimento, Saul, Dookie, Nigh Eyes, Jagroop Persaud, David, Singh stables, Veloza, Leary Robinson and Ross Racing stables among.
The Inshan Bacchus Stable at Bush Lot West Coast Berbice has the likes of Unsettled, City Tune, Storm Bird and Ameera’s Joy available to compete. Speaking to the media Mr. Bacchus stated that training is going very well and his horses are in good form and he is confident of pulling off a few wins.
He is certain that the inform Unsettled and Storm Bird will be among the money and is almost certain that they will win their respected events. Unsettled will compete in the Three Year old Derby, while Storm Bird, which has taken the racing arena by storm, will be racing in the Two year old West Indies Bred event.
Mr. Bacchus stated that his stable is an independent entity and is not aligned to any race clubs. However is not too pleased with the way things are in Guyana, citing too much bickering and in fighting. He said that organisors are doing what they feel like. He is eager for the legislation to be passed and is calling for fairness especially on race day at the Guyana Cup.
Nine races are carded for the day and a number of newly imported horses 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 riders some of whom are already in the country will be on show. The feature C1 and lower event with a winning prize of $4M and the Guyana Cup Trophy available for the winner, has an overall prize package of $7.5M over 1800M.
In the Co-feature 1600M event for 3 yr old horses, bred and born in Guyana and the West Indies, the winner collects $2M and trophy. There is the Two year old West Indies Bred event with $1.5M and trophy over 1000M on offer.
The E class and lower 1400M event with $800,000 top prize and trophy. There is the G1 and lower 1200M event which has $600,000 and trophy at stake. The two year old Guyana bred horses will battle for $600,000 and trophy over 1000M.
The H& lower 1000M race guarantees the winning horse a purse of $450,000 and trophy, while the ‘I’ and lower 1000M event has a pole position taking of $350,000 and trophy and the J and lower 1200M race is for $250,000 plus trophy.
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.
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.
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. Race time is 12:30 hrs.
The coordinator is Nasrudeen (Jumbo Jet) Mohamed Junior.
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