A record number of horses have been entered in this year’s Sandy Lane Gold Cup.
This was disclosed this morning by president of the Barbados Turf Club, Sir David Seale, during the post position draw at the Incitatus Member Lounge, The Garrison Savannah.
“This is the first occasion that 11 horses will be competing in a race at the Garrison. We have made several checks and there is no record of a 11-card race ever being held at the Garrison before. It is fitting that the most prestigious race on the island has attracted such a large number of horses,” Sir David said.
The president stated that three horses from overseas had been entered in the race, namely Dashing David and Major Marvel from the United States along with Nominee from Trinidad and Tobago. Dashing David is a horse with some pedigree and has competed at the Gulf Stream Race Track in South Florida.
Sir David, a veteran horse owner, said he expected this year’s Sandy Lane Gold Cup to be a highly competitive and exciting one.
The drawing of post positions was supervised by Rawle Batson . The positions drawn are at number 1: Dashing David representing the parish of St. Joseph; No. 2 Knight Rider (St. Andrew); No. 3 AreUtalkintome ( St. Philip); No. 4 Major Marvel (St. Peter); No. 5 Daga, (St. George); No. 6 Discreetwon (St. Lucy); No. 7 Aristodemus ( Christ Church); No. 8 Indian Officer (St. James); No. 9 Shared Adventure (St. Thomas): No. 10 Jakesam (St Michael): and No. 11 Nominee
For the past three years the horse drawn at position number 11 has won the Sandy Gold Cup. This year Nominee has drawn that position.
A cheque for $200, 000 was presented by general manager of Sandy Lane Hotel Randall Wilkie to Rosette Peirce, the CEO/secretary
of the Barbados Turf Club.
Wilkie said that the west coast-based hotel was honoured to have been associated with the Gold Cup for the past 18 years.
“We at Sandy Lane are honoured to be the sponsors of the race for 18 of the 33 yeas that it has been taking place. I am looking forward to an exciting race day on March 8,” Wilkie said.
Peirce explained that the event was being held on March 8 to attract the many visitors who were expected to be in the island for the T20 matches between the West Indies and England.