Horseracing of the highest caliber will return to the Port Mourant Turf Club on August 1 when The Four Horse Man Promotion in collaboration with the Ryan Crawford Turf Club will stage a grand One-Day horserace meeting there.
The meeting is being held in celebration of the Port Mourant Turf Club’s one hundredth anniversary and to place emphasis on local content. Veteran horse racer and owner of the Elcock Stables, Colin Elcock, informed recently that the organisers are borrowing a page out of the book of sister CARICOM state Jamaica.
Elcock explained that Jamaica has placed emphasis on locally bred animals.
“This upcoming meeting will set the stage for locally bred horses to compete for just as much or more than imported animals. We think that it is the appropriate thing to do at an appropriate time,” Elcock said. Over three million dollars in cash and prizes will be up for grabs at the event which comprises seven races.
The Three-Year-Old Guyana Bred is over a distance of six and one half furlongs and carries a first prize of three hundred thousand dollars. The Two-Year-Old Guyana Bred race will be run over a distance of five furlongs with the winner guaranteed two hundred and twenty thousand dollars. In addition, the H and Lower has a first prize of two hundred and twenty thousand dollars and takes the animals on a six and one half furlongs journey.
According to Elcock, the organisers will use occasion to honour past members of the Port Mourant Turf Club. “Those persons, both living and deceased, who made sterling contributions to the club and horse racing in Guyana will be honoured,” Elcock added.
So far Banks DIH Limited, Delmur Shipping, Punai’s Pharmacy, Deqwan Auto Sales, Murals Logistic Agency, Ryan Crawford, Aubrey Elcock and Rajendra Punai SC are the sponsors. Entries for the meeting close on Monday July 29th.
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