Kendal Moon will be going after her third win of the year when she lines up in the 46th Anniversary of Independence Handicap at the Garrison Savannah on Saturday, second day of the Barbados Turf Club’s third and final racing season of the year.
The Andrew Nunes-trained four-year-old filly has won two races so far this year after landing the much sought after United Insurance Derby last year for popular owner Sir Charles Williams.
Her first victory this year came on January 2 when apprentice Jonathan Grant piloted her to an easy two-lengths win over a field of 11 other opponents – including a number of imports – over 1570 metres. She returned on March 3 (Gold Cup day) to win a similar race over 2000 metres with Antonio Whitehall aboard. Prior to that win, she had finished fourth behind Zoom also over 2000 metres on January 21.
She will be taking along the third top weight of 122 pounds on Saturday but this should not prevent her from winning as she won with only two pounds less on Gold Cup day. Her stiffest opposition should come from stablemate Lady Quill; Little Man Arran; Discreet Won and A.P. Vincero.
Lady Quill, with Kenny John aboard, won over Saturday’s distance of 1570 metres on the last day of the second racing season in September. She took along 123 pounds on that occasion but she is up in class now and will carry only 110 pounds on Saturday.
The Johnathan Simpson-trained Little Man Arran looks probably the horse to beat having won relatively easy over 1800 metres on the tenth day of the last racing season. Kenny John, who partnered him then, will be aboard again come Saturday. Also in his favour is the fact he will be taking along 125 pounds, five pounds fewer than what he carried when he won his last race.
A.P. Vincero, which is trained by Victor Cheeseman, finished second in his last two starts and trainer Victor Cheeseman will be hoping the three-year-old colt would find the winner’s enclosure on Saturday. He finished second behind Little Man Arran over 1800 metres on September 8, and second behind Dance The Distance over 1,000 metres on November 3. He was partnered by Anderson Trotman on both occasions but apprentice Antonio Perch will be aboard come Saturday.
Discreetwon’s last win was on August 1 and it came over 1800 metres with Trotman in the saddle. He took along 117 pounds on that occasion and he defeated the second-placed Lady Quill, also in Saturday’s line-up, by half length. He will be ridden by Reshaun Latchman on this occasion and must be in with a chance as well. (TE)