Watched by a sizable Jubilee Independence Crowd that included Guyana’s Director of Sport Christopher Jones and Suriname Ambassador to Guyana, Nisa Kurban-Baboe, the Four Horse Men promotion 50th Anniversary
Independence Horserace meet held on Sunday last at the Port Mourant Turf Club came off successfully despite the inclement weather.
At the end of the day it was the Jumbo Jet stable that stood out as it won five of the eight races held on the day with new sensation Kings Knight leading the way with another telling victory in the feature C and lower event.
The win for the American bred horse was its second in as many starts since coming to Guyana a few months ago. If turfites thought the win in its first race, though convincing, was a fluke the victory this time was even more telling as it took charge from the half way mark to win by about eight lengths.
The sun was out in all its glory; however the track in parts was soggy due to heavy overnight rain. But despite the hindrance Kings Knight ridden by Trinidadian jockey Ryad Alli was convincing in winning the event as it trotted home all by itself.
The race was changed from its original 1900M distance to 1400M due to the track which, according to the organizers was communicated to the horse owners. Before the race got underway, CP Got Even, pulled out of the event due to some late injuries.
The horses were off to a level break with Princess She Not, Golden Blue Echo and Plum Plum setting a merry gallop early. The pace was intense and soon the horses were going at full throttle. Princess She Not was leading the charge as the animals were going at a searing pace down the back stretch.
As they hit the far turn, Kings Knight was beginning to make its move to the front. It as
a neck and neck duel between the two front runners until Kings Knight decided to change gear and accelerated down the home stretch for the easy win and the $1.2M and the 50th Independence Anniversary trophy which was handed over by Director of Sports Christopher Jones. Princess She Not held on for second as Jack in My Style came through for third ahead of Golden Blue Echo.
Release the Beast of the Jumbo Jet stable with Colin Ross in charge was once again on the rampage as it ripped it opponents apart, making a meal of the competition for a gate to pole win in the D, E and F class race. The win was worth $600,000 as Campador and Because I Say So had no say. The Surinamese horse Wise Secret was soundly beaten and did not place.
The G and lower event saw Its My Choice of the Jumbo Jet stable with Ross on the mount winning the West Indies Bred 3year old event and the $350,000 money and trophy from Wichie Poo and Firing Line.
Red Rocket of the Jumbo Jet stable and ridden by Ally took off early and held off a fast finishing Cat Messiah in a close battle to win the H2 and lower race and $300,000 as Bird Man and Sweet Return closed out the placings.
She is in Control of the Pluck stable with Ross in the saddle took control early and raced away for the win and the $250,000 money in the Three year old Guyana Bred event as Miss Kristina and Run Happy could do no better.
It was another surgical performance for Massapequa Dr of the Crawford stable as it once again dissected the field to win the I3 and lower event. Affinity, Liquid Lion and Plane land were those that had a rough touchdown.
Red Region of the Baker stable with Wills, lit up the place as it carted off the J3 and K class race ahead of Amazon Warrior and Red Jet.
Replace the Heat of the Gray stable with Kevin Paul was too hot to handle in the L and lower event, shutting out Blue Lightning, Quincy and Something Special.
The top jockey was Colin Ross with Trinidadian Riad Ally the runner up. The Champion stable was Jumbo Jet. They received accolades from Overseas and Guyanese sponsors including Ghansham Singh of G Singh Engineering of West Berbice.
The police led by Deputy Superintendent Marlon Taylor were commended for doing a splendid job in maintaining order at the venue. (Samuel Whyte)
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