Mar 15, 2016 Sports
Nand Persaud makes grand return to Horseracing after over 20 years
The newly imported Golden Blue Echo of the Nand Persaud Karibee Rice Racing stable glittered massively as it reverberated around the beautiful Kennard Memorial Turf Club on Sunday as it destroyed the field for a royal entry into the horseracing arena in Guyana.
The occasion was the KMTC annual Horserace meet held at the entities Bush Lot Farm Corentyne, Berbice racetrack.
Imported into the country recently from Canada and running its first race on Guyana’s soil, the animal classified D1 and running with a top weight of 126 pounds was a class above the rest.
Owned and trained by Mohin Persaud with jockey Ajai, the racehorse dished out a gate to pole beating on its rivals. The horse showed speed and stamina and was rarely challenged as they left the starting gates on an even break in the feature D1 and lower one mile event.
It’s a rarity to hear of horses being imported from Canada, but the owners made sure they knew what they were up to. Golden Blue Echo with one win from four starts in Canada showed why the owners made the effort in making the bold move in importing it from Canada. It showed no adverse signs in running in a strange land as it took the lead going up the back stretch as they picked up speed.
The animals were travelling at terrific sped when Spit Fire and Lady Budapest came up to challenge. Spit Fire was holding strong around the far turn into the homestretch. But as they hit the straight Golden Blue Echo was spurred on by Ajai and obliged as it galloped with consummate ease for the big win. The victory was worth $700,000 and trophy compliments of DDL.
Lady Budapest eased into second ahead of Spit Fire and Strom Mark.
Speaking to the media after the event, Persaud stated that it has been over two decades that they were out of horseracing. But is seems just like the other day with the royal return and stunning victory by Golden Blue Echo. He said that he always love horse racing but because of time they were out of the game. Now with some time available he is back with a bang. He is looking forward to Guyana Cup Fever and other big events and expects the results to be the same.
Weekend End Surprise ridden by Kevin Paul created a surprise as it won the H class 6 Furlongs event ahead of Bird Man, Princess Maya and Jumbo Gift.
Massiquita Dr of the Crawford stable with Ajai continued its good form as it took care of business in the event for J and K class horses. Party Time, Liquid Lion and Little were tamed.
Plane land with Randolph Richmond touched down first in the other J and K class event ahead of Red Region, Sunday Silence and Confusion.
The 14 year old veteran Smarty Light of the Ron Velloza stable with Randolph Richmond in the stirrups shone brightly as it outsmarted its opponents with a blistering run down the homestretch to take the L1 and lower 5Furlongs race. Occupying the other places were Blue Lightning, Royal Stallion and Quincy.
The L2 and lower event was won by Street Thinker with Y. Drepaul of the Khan Stable from Blue Lightning, Confusion and Black Bush Baby.
The top jockey award went to Randolph Richmond with Amaranth Kertipaul being adjudged the champion trainer. (Samuel Whyte)
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