With this being a special occasion in observation of the 50th Independence anniversary of Guyana. The organizers of the, 50th Independence Anniversary Horserace meet, which is touted to be one of the biggest sporting events on the Independence Anniversary calendar and one of the biggest Horserace events for the year so far, has made some adjustments to the event to make it even bigger.
They have decided to rework the programme set for Sunday 22nd May at the Port Mourant Turf Club Corentyne Berbice to cater for each and every horse owner and racehorses in the country making it a true independent event.
The “Four horse’s men promotion” group, in a release stated that after they looked at the last few race meets and seeing the turnout at those event, they realized that some horses were being left out. So after in-depth consultation they have decided to rework the programme to cater for more horses.
According to coordinator Colin Elcock, despite the rains the track is in good condition and the race will definitely go ahead.
The event is a signature affair for the Independence anniversary calendar and apart from corporate sponsors both in Guyana and overseas, the Government of Guyana is expected to play a big part in the event.
The feature event remains for horses classified A’ and lower with a sumptuous first prize of $1.5M and the 50th Independence Anniversary Cup from a total package of close to $2.8M available. The event will go over a grueling 1900M.
The other events listed are the 1400M event for D3 and lower horses that have earned $100,000 within the last 6 months, E and F class and Lower horses for the $750,000 and trophy.
There is now an event for Horses classified G and lower and West Indies bred over 1200M that fetches the winner $350,000 and trophy.
The H class race is now for H2 horses over 1000M for an increased package of $300,000 and trophy.
The three year old event is now for three year old Guyana bred horses and West Indies bred non winners over $100,000 which also have in increased package of $250,000 and trophy over 1000M.
Horses classified I3 and lower will race for a winner’s purse of $200,000 and trophy over 1200M.
The horses classified J3 and K and lower will be competing for winner’s take of $ 175,000 and trophy with the distance being 1200M.
The final event is for horses classified K and L and lower over 1000M and has a pole position taking of $150,000 and trophy.
Among the local sponsors on board so far are Banks DIH Limited, Peter Lewis and Sons Associated Construction Company Limited, Trophy Stall, Delmur Company Limited, South Land Company Limited, P and P Investments Limited, Latchman Mohabir and Attorney at Law R.N Poonai.
Meanwhile, preparations continue at the venue. All the top horses in the country are expected to be a part of the day’s activity.
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
Interested persons can make contact with Bobby Vaughn 624-6788, 2235097, 227 7061, 333-0290, 333-0301, Fazal 657 7010, Ramnauth 337-5311 or Campton Sancho on 690-0569 for entry and other details.
The coordinator is Colin Elcock. Race time will be 12:30hrs. (Samuel Whyte)
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