Top creoles Apostle and Show Me The Money, and two others in Zoom and Kendal Moon, are among 12 horses expected to line up for the Group 1 The Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy scheduled to run off at the Garrison Savannah tomorrow Boxing Day at 4.10 p.m.
The race, which is one of two feature races on the day’s nine-race card, offers a purse of $50,000 – plus subscriptions totalling $26,900 – will be run over a distance of 1,570 metres.
The other eight horses entered are all imported, so it will be interesting to see how the four creoles mentioned above acquit themselves against such opponents.
The Victor Chandler Stakes and Trophy is one of two big horse races in the Barbados Turf Club’s annual racing calendar, the other one being the highly prestigious Gold Cup which runs off on the first Saturday of March every year.
Show Me The Money won the 2011 Gold Cup, but was subsequently disqualified and the race then went to the second-place finisher Zoom. However, Apostle has never won a Gold Cup despite placing a number of times in the prestigious event. Obviously, one reason for Apostle not winning the Gold Cup is its distance of 1,800 metres, although he has won at the distance before but not against company as exalted as that which usually takes part in the Gold Cup.
Tomorrow’s distance of 1,570 metres would be more to Apostle’s advantage, also the fact that he has won the race already. Apostle, the brute of a front runner he is, can be expected to set a torrid early pace and that Show Me The Money will go along with him in the early stages.
Zoom and Kendal Moon however do not have that early speed, so their jockeys will be biding their time and will no doubt bring them with a late final burst inside the final furlong or so.
But the race is not only between these four creoles, they can expect stiff competition from the imports such as Discreetwon, winner of his last three races; Shared Adventure, who won two of his last three races and placed second in the other; and the improving Aristodemus, who won two of his last three races, with his most recent win being last race day when he blew away a slightly poorer field than the one he will meet on Wednesday.
As far as the trainers are concerned, Liz Deane, the lone female trainer in Barbados, has the most wins in the race – three to be exact – and she will be looking to land her fourth via the Sir David Seale-owned Aristodemus, a runaway winner of his race last race day.
Deane’s three previous wins in the race came via Duc D Fer in 2006; Who’s Wavering in 2007; and John Brian who dead-heated with Areyoutalkintome in 2009.
Of the jockeys in tomorrow’s race, Anderson Trotman and Rico Walcott have won the day’s feature on more than one occasion. Walcott will be aboard the Andy Ward-trained Show Me The Money, while Trotman will partner Aristodemus.†