Jan 06, 2016 Sports
On a good day for horseracing a number of outstanding performances were
recorded in an exciting day of racing.
In the end when the dust settled it was Red Region classified L of the Charles Baker Stable of Chelsea, Mahaica, East Coast, Demerara that upstaged its more illustrious rivals to take championship honours to be crown champion horse at the Inaugural Mohammed “Nankoo” Shariff Memorial meet.
The event which was staged on Sunday last at the Rising Sun Turf Club, Arima Park West Coast Berbice was held in collaboration with the Inshan Bacchus Trucking Service and Mining Company, Banks DIH Limited and Trophy Stall.
Red Region owned and trained by Baker and ridden by the veteran Jockey Prem “Light Weight” Chandra was in top form as it shone brightly to destroy its opponents and take its first champion horse status.
A locally bred animal, it first conquered the field to take the L class 1100M event and the $100,000 first prize from Blue Lightning, Fit to Fight and Turn about.
Moving up in class as it return in the K class 1100M event with Chandra again in the stirrups, victory was easier against the bigger animals as it dusted the field to race away with the $150,000 prize money and trophy.
In the feature event, Just Call Me Boss of the Jagdeo Stable with Trinidadian Jockey
Nicholas Patrick on the mount showed them who is boss as it took the feature D and lower 1400M event, its second consecutive race at the venue.
The horses were off to a good start and going at terrific speed all along then into the backstretch as Diplomatic Cat of the Bacchus stable with Trinidadian Padmore came up to challenge and took the lead momentarily.
Pre-race favourite, Spit Fire of the Shariff Stable with Colin Ross, had a bad start as it raced out of the gate behind. Having a lot of catching up to do, Ross was moving Spit Fire along at a searing pace and eventually caught up with the rest of the field along the far turn and came into contention down the homestretch.
By then Just call Me Boss had regained the lead and as the two animals came thundering down the homestretch there were some amount of bumping but Just Call Me Boss had enough to race over the finishing line as Spit Fire came charging back to take second. The Bacchus duo of Diplomatic Cat and Unsettled took the other two placings.
Precise Gold ridden by Ross of the Shariff stable is quickly becoming a horse to watch as it easily won its second consecutive event in taking care of business in the E and lower event. Front runner Storm Bird settled for second ahead of Appealing Harvest and Big Man Boss. The win was worth $400,000 and trophy.
Settling Star continued the good showing of the Shariff Racing Stable. With Ross again riding the animal came through with a spirited run down the homestretch to win the G and lower 1400M race in a close finish from Its My Choice with stable mate Campador riding in third.
Quiet Storm of the Mohabir stable with jockey Ajai Sansaran had a good day as it won from gate to police in the H2 and lower 1400M race. Cat Messiah, Weekend Surprise and Princess Maya were the others that place. The winning take was $220,000 and trophy.
Affinity of the De Mattos stable and ridden by Yap Drepaul was in winners row in the J and lower 1100M race as it won the $180,000 first prize and trophy ahead of De Gump, Massaquita Dr. and Red Jet.
The Shariff stable took the champion stable honours with Colin Ross being adjudged the top jockey ahead of Prem Chandra. Red Region for its two wins was the top horse. (Samuel Whyte)
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