Locally bred six-year-old mare Kendal Moon is expected to be in the Gold Cup race on March 8 representing the colours and large barn of owner Sir Charles Williams.
Barbados TODAY recently spoke with its trainer Andrew Nunes about the horse’s chances in the upcoming grand event. Nunes has been training horses for 30 years and is at present responsible for some 18 animals.
“Although it is expected to line up with the top class animals for the big race, she is also entered for the Tanglewood and a definitive decision will soon be made after strategic consultations with the owner,” Nunes said.
He declared that should she go in the Gold Cup, her chances were as good as any as she had been working very well. He opined that Kendal Moon should be handicapped at about 117 pounds.
“She has the early speed to go with them and she is also a run-on horse,” he explained.
Nunes spoke of the versatility of the horse, noting it had won from five to eleven furlongs. He also indicated that Chris Husbands was expected to partner the mare, which in addition to having won the prestigious 2011 United Insurance Derby, had also been victorious in the fillies race and the Midsummer Classic.
When quizzed about how the “people’s champion” (Apostle) was doing, he said that late last year the “grand old man’s” body language was that he wanted to get back on the track.
Preparations were then initiated for its return with a few gallops. However, Nunes who probably knows the horse better than anyone else, realised that although he was rearing to go, age and wear and tear had definitely taken
a toll on him.
Consequently, a joint decision was made with the owner. The horse had reached the stage to say goodbye to horse racing. It had brought much joy to the racing public and had caused many others much younger (and who had dared to go front with him) to say goodbye early in the prime of their careers.
So it was off to Broomefield to enjoy the ambience and fresh breeze of the north as well as the daily admiration and constant doting of its owner Sir Charles. Nunes was adamant that “the Apostle will not be disgraced.” (DM)