Mar 03, 2015 Sports
It is billed as ‘Clash of the Titans’ and already turfites are gearing up for riveting action when ‘Four Horsemen Promotion Group’ stages a day of exciting horse racing at the Port Mourant Turf Club, Sunday March 22nd.
Already, more than 30 of the country’s best horses are registered to participate in eight races with over $7M at stake and an action packed day of racing is anticipated. All eyes will be on Treacle, Curfew Tower and C.P Got Even; these three thoroughbreds were the talk of the town the last time they met at the Rising Sun Turf Club at that entity’s New Year’s meet.
Horserace lovers will remember that Treacle avenged an earlier loss to both Curfew Tower and C.P Got Even when they clashed at the Guyana Cup Rematch after Treacle had blazed down the left handed track.
She is the only West Indian Bred animal among the Titans and ironically, is the only horse to have beaten Score’s Even in a devastating performance, winning two races on that day in what the pundits regard as one of the best performances on a race track for some time.
The debate is raging, can ‘Treacle’ replicate that performance or will ‘Score’s Even’ be able to even the score? Then there are ‘Curfew Tower’ and ‘C.P Got Even,’ will they retain a spot on the podium? Or could the new brigade, led by Spit Fire and Tiz a Holiday, light the track afire and create an upset? These questions will only be answered on race day.
Meanwhile, in the absence of the long awaited horse racing legislation, the promoter is putting the modalities in place to return the sport to a semblance of its former self and there will be strict adherence to the rules and regulations.
As such, imported horses will either be rated or classified and horse owners are also reminded that lots will be drawn a few days prior to race day. The horses will be in the parade ring and paddock for a specified time and will leave that area according to their lot.
Further, horses will be required to enter the starting gates according to their lots and these rules are subjected to minor infractions. The promoters are also advised to have systems in place to ensure that races commence on time.
The feature ‘A & Lower’ event goes over a distance of 1600M for a purse of $1.2M and the Clash of the Titans Cup while a $400,000 first place prize and trophy is at stake for the three year old event for West Indies Bred horses over 1200M.
The four year-old event, also over 1400 meters, will feature those horses classified D3 maidens and non-earners over the last six months, for a winning purse of $300,000. The G1 & Lower race over 1200M fetches the winner $320,000 and trophy while the winner of the three year-old Guyana bred and I& Lower over 1200M event will take home $300,000 and trophy.
The G 3 Maiden and H & Lower race over a similar distance has a winning purse of $300,000 and trophy while the J1 & Lower event over 1100M attracts a first place prize of $240,000 and trophy; the J3 and lower over 1100M will see the winner riding off with $200,000 and 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 Trophy Stall and the organizers. The event will be held under the rules of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority. The next promotion organized by the group is fixed for August 2, 2015 at the same venue.
Interested persons my contact Rajendra at 618 7278, Fazal (657 7010), Colin (624 2723), Donald or Zaleena Lawrie on 225 4530. Race time is 12:30hrs.
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