Guyana Cup a resounding success
Amidst an exciting atmosphere the 8th Annual Guyana Cup horserace meet held on Sunday
last at the Port Mourant Turf Club, Corentyne Berbice lived up to most of its pre-race hype and billing and indeed it was an activity to talk about. It was the occasion when CP Got Even imported from the USA by the Colin Elcock/Poonai Stable and trained by Elcock with Paul Delph on the hunch gave its owners four million reasons to celebrate with the biggest win of its life.
The record crowd was pumped with patrons taking up every conceivable available place including the fences and rails and areas set aside for officials. Even President Donald Ramoutar and some of his ministers and advisors could not resist being caught up in the excitement.
The main event, the feature C1 and lower event with its $4M purse and Guyana Cup on offer saw most of Guyana’s Top runners assembled. Off they went in the 1800M event with the speedy Appealing Harvest leading the field with two times defending champion Elle’s Vision on its heels as they went out at a fierce pace and the rest of the field jostling for position. They were going at a searing pace down the back stretch. The inform Treacle came up around the far turn and positioned itself among the front runners with CP Got Even under Delph’s guidance positioning among the pack.
As the horses entered the homestretch, with the race still wide open it was then that CP Got Even went into overdrive and with Delph giving it full reign and the racehorse took off like jet, cantering home in 1minute 55:56s to take the $4M and the Guyana Cup compliments of Banks DIH and the Jumbo Jet family. Treacle finished second ahead of Princess She is Not with double defending champion Elle’s Vision beaten into fourth.
Pre-race favourite Unsettled of the Inshan Bacchus Racing stable with jockey Randolph Richmond on the perch settled down first and took its time before racing away from the field to take the $2M and trophy in the 3year old 1500M Derby event ahead of Settling Jet, Release the Beast and Quiet Dancer.
Storm Bird of the Inshan Bacchus stable again with Richmond on the perch made it two wins for that entity. The animal was unstoppable as it stormed to its third victory in four starts to take the 2 Year-Old West Indian Bred race and the $1.5M and trophy up for the taking from Midnight Blue, with Its My Choice and Settling Star finished in a dead heat.
Right to Rule of the Jagdeo stables, with Trinidadian Nicholas Patrick riding, took charge of the E and lower 1500M event as it raced away with the $800,000 winners’ money and trophy as Settle in Seattle had to settle for second ahead of Princess Alisha and Captain Crook.
It was no dream story but excellent finishing by Trinidadian Jockey Razack as Damascus Dream of the Shariff stable produced a blistering finish to win the G1 and lower 1200M race, the $600,000 and trophy ahead of Joyful Victory, Captain Crook and Rosetta.
There was nothing devilish in the two year old 1000M event for Guyana Bred horses as Devil Woman of the Satayand Sankar stable with Rad Drepaul in control made a successful entry to the racing arena, winning the $600,000 and trophy from Slim Shady, Secret Escapeand Amazon Warrior.
I Will Get Another, owned, trained and ridden by Winston Appadu got hold of the $350,000 winners money and trophy as it won the I and lower 1200M event ahead of Party Time, Easy To Win and Savion.
Affinity of the Nascimento stable with Ramnauth on the perch continued it duel in the J class event with another close win from Smarty Light with The Road is Mine and Swift Way the other placers. The win was worth $250,000 over 1200M.
The Inshan Bacchus Stable raced away with the champion stable award, with Randolph Richmond claiming another champion jockey reward. Jockey Paul Delph received a beautiful trophy from overseas based Guyanese Aubrey ‘Pat’ Elcock for winning the feature event abode CP Got Even.
An assured, youthful and smiling Nasurdeen “Jumbo Jet” Mohamed junior is confident that changes will be made and systems will be put in place to accommodate the event in the future as it threatens to outgrow the venue.
Slingers Sound System supplied musical vibes to the likeness and enjoyment of fans throughout the day. The police led by acting Commander, Senior Superintendent Marlon Chapman, who was on location and ably assisted by Assistant Superintendent Persaud, Inspectors Henry and Joaquin did an herculean job in the highly successful and incident free day of racing.
Commentators Campton Sancho and Ammernauth must also be commended for carrying running commentary in sometimes trying conditions.
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