Dec 28, 2015 Sports
It was a repeat of things all over again as like in the previous race meet; the late Mohamed Shariff, Racing Stable took the feature event. As if doing it in remembrance of the late owner, in superstitious fashion this time it was Spit Fire that took its turn to roast the field and take the feature C class event when the Kennard Memorial Turf Club (KMTC) held their annual Boxing Day horserace meet on Sunday last. The venue was the KMTC track at Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne Berbice.
The feature C and lower 1-mile event lived up to all expectations and was a closely contested race throughout. In the end it was the highly touted Spit Fire ridden by the wily Colin Ross that did the trick as it held off a ding dong battle with the much improved Lady Budapest of the Bactowar Stable with Randolph Richmond in the saddle.
The Nine animals all had a chance at the coveted $1M winner’s money and the Kharag Memorial (Metro Office Supplies) trophy. As they left the starting gates in an even break, Diplomatic Cat along with Just Call Me Boss, Rosetta, Good Will Boy, Spit Fire and Lady Budapest, were the early front runners. The race started fast and fans quickly realized that it would be good contest. The animals were really stretching it out as the event picked up pace. Keep on Swinging and Good Will Boy, were joined by Lady Budapest up front. Lady Budapest and Good Will Boy then forged ahead in battle in a fierce one on one battle for the lead. As the animals neared the far turn, Ross began to take Spit Fire forward and the racehorse soon took over the lead. However, Lady Budapest with Richmond was not done yet and made another surge for the front as the animals hit the homestretch.
The pair came roaring down to the finish line with the two experienced jockeys giving it their all, but it was Spit Fire that was able to forge ahead to take the coveted trophy and prize money.
Keep on Swinging was adjudged third ahead of Good Will Boy after some deliberations.
Precise Gold of the Shariff stable with Ross again in the saddles made it two from two for that entity as it won the E and lower 6F event and the $500,000 first prize from Africanist, Chelsea and Right to Rule.
The H1 and lower 6F event was won by She’s So Special of the Jumbo Jet stable with Ramnauth on board holding off a fast finishing Cat Massiah of the Ghansham Singh stable as Cassie and Marry Ann rounded out the money. The win was worth $250,000 and a trophy.
Part Time of The DeMattos Stable with Prem Chandra riding came good as it won the $180,000 first prize and trophy in the J1 and lower 6F race from the Girl Is Mine and Affinity.
The ‘K’ class 5F event saw Plane Land of the Hansraj stable with Godfrey on its back taking off and landing safely as it took home the $120,000 first prize and trophy ahead of Golden Kiss, Red Region and Amazon Warrior.
Royal Stallion of the Simple Royal Stable won the ‘L’ Class race and ran away with the $100,000 money and trophy in the 5F event ahead of Blue Lighting, Secret Thinker and Mystic.
The G and lower race was not staged for known reasons.
Colin Ross was judged the champion jockey with Apadhu the runner up. They all received trophies compliments of the organizers. (Samuel Whyte)
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