The eight Annual Guyana Cup 2014 horserace meet is less than a week away and the hype is already boiling over for the event organized by the Jumbo Jet Family, one of Guyana’s leading Auto dealers and Racing stables.
With over 100 horses entered, all the major stables are rounding off preparations for the much anticipated activity set for Sunday 24th August at the Port Mourant Turf Club.
Visits to a number of stables including the Inshan Bacchus and Shariff racing stables show the owners, trainers, grooms and other connections busy carrying the animals through their paces.
Owner of the Shariff Racing Stables at No. 4 and No. 6 West Coast Berbice, Mohamed ‘Nankoo’ Shariff is certain that he will be the man standing at the end of the event. The Shariff Racing Stable has a number of animals in training, but will be putting eight on duty on race day. Among them are the fit again Settle In Seattle, Swing Easy, Compador, Settling Star, Shooting Star, Silent Night, Damascus Dream, Secret Circle, Goldikova and the newly imported Princess She Is Not, out of Kentucky USA.
Shariff, like Bacchus stated that his stable is also an independent entity and is not aligned to any race clubs. He too wants fairness on race day and is also anxious for the legislation to be passed so that horseracing can be returned to some standard like before.
The day’s programme has nine races on the cards with a number of newly imported horses expected to take to the track in their quest for the big money on offer.
So far all the events are almost full with many reserves waiting in the wings to participate. The feature C1 and lower event looms large with $4M and the Guyana Cup Trophy for the winner from a package of $7.5M covering 1800M.
The 3yr old Derby fetches a sumptuous $2M and trophy. The Two year old West Indies Bred event has $1.5M and trophy for the champion. The E class and lower 1400M event’s winning take is $800,000 and trophy. Winner of the G1 and lower 1200M gallop runs away with $600,000 and trophy, while two year old horses bred and born in Guyana have a $600,000 winning prize and trophy to aim for.
Those competing in the H and lower race are guaranteed a winning purse of $450,000 and trophy. The ‘I’ and lower has a pole position taking of $350,000 and trophy, with the final event for horses classified J and lower for a winning pocket of $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.
There will also be lots of added attractions including giveaways for both adults and kids including trampoline and rides with Banks DIH and Slingers Entertainment Sound Systems proving their own entertainment packages.
There will also be free programmes and parking for vehicles.
For further information, contact can be made with Chandu Ramkissoon on (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 Nasrudeen (Jumbo Jet) Mohamed Junior. Race time is 12:30hrs. (Samuel Whyte)
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