Mar 21, 2017 Sports
It may be carrying the name of a famous city, but imported from the USA in 2014, Lady Budapest of the Bactowar stable at Bush Lot, Corentyne, Berbice is making a name for itself in Guyana.
The animal once again it its trade mark way produced a stunning finish to take top honours in the feature D and lower one mile event when the Kennard Memorial Turf Club held their annual Phagwah Horserace meet.
The event, which was held on Sunday at the Club’s Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne, Berbice track, saw Lady Budapest ridden by Jamaican Brian Blake showing that, its recent double victories were no fluke as it thumped a top class field to win the $900,000 money and DDL trophy.
As the animals were out of the starting gates in an event break and Honey Flow and Just Call Me Boss were out front as the race picked up speed early.
There was some bumping as the 10 horse field jostled for position early. Favorite Spit Fire was bumped early and was thrown off its stride. By then the race was going at tremendous speed as the animals were at full flight. As the horses continued to throttle away into the far turn it was still anyone’s race. However, as the animals hit the homestretch it was Lady Budapest with Blake taking charge that ran from down in the pack to take the lead and distance itself for an easy eight lengths triumph.
Good Will Boy of the Jagdeo stable finished second with Honey Flow of the Nand Persaud Stable third and Keep on Swinging of the Jumbo Jet Stable fourth.
Release the Beast with Randolph Richmond riding of The Jumbo Jet Stable ate up the field in the E and Lower non-winners event for 2016 and 2017 and F and lower animals. Brake Sky ran a brave race as it secured second ahead of Got To Go and Climate Change.
There was a dead heat in the H one and lower event, as not even the camera could have separated the front running T and T of the Nand Persaud Stable and the fast finishing Isn’t She Charming of the Jumbo Jet stable. The fast finishing Cat Messiah finished third ahead of It’s my Turn and Firing Line.
The I3 and Three Year old Guyana bred event saw Seven Dust ridden by Colin Ross winning from Party Time, Mary Ann with Puppy Tail wagging for fourth.
The Shariff Stable was in winner’s row as Mischievous Maker with the Trinidadian Nicholas Patrick in the saddles ran away with the Guyana Bred maiden race from Miss Anjalie, Saria and King Stanley.
The J3 event saw Red Jet with Prem “Light Weight” Chandra blazing to victory with Miss Olympic copping second ahead of Plane Land and Red Region.
Veteran Rider Leroy Cort, who has not been in a saddle for a long time, threw back the years as he took to the saddle abode Slim Shady to ride away easily with the L Class Open race. The other places were occupied by Royal Son Confusion and Secret Thinker.
The L class non winners match up saw Flow Joe piloted by Kevin Paul winning from Lil Dude, Easy Lion and Royal Blaze.
The Nand Persaud Stable rode away with the champion stable accolade. Mohendra Persaud was the champion trainer. The top jockey on show was Prem Chandra with Randolph Richmond the runner up. (Samuel Whyte)
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