by David Morris
With the 33rd running of the Sandy Lane Gold Cup quickly approaching, the proverbial warning shots are being fired across the bow.
A few days ago David Murray, co-owner of Shared Adventure, publicly remarked: “Come Saturday and everyone will see what
Now, similar confidence is emanating from the mouth of David Yearwood, the trainer of Areutalkintome.
“If Shared Adventure or any other wants to come up front with my horse, let them come,” he told Barbados TODAY during an interview at the Garrison Savannah this week where he was watching his horse being put through its paces.
The mount, the speedy eight-year-old progeny of Zwick and Bossa Nova, was being taken through its early morning routine by regular exercise jockey Paul Jones who seemed to be having his hands full keeping the exceptional horse under control.
As Yearwood lovingly admired the graceful Areutalkintome on the sand track, he remarked: “Today, I am sending him two quiet rounds. One will be a trot and the other he will then canter.”
The trainer who is relatively young in the field of conditioning horses, having been only associated with it officially for the past three years, conveyed his gratitude to the Joseph family for giving him the opportunity to condition and train such “a wonderful horse” to which he said he was devoted.
Quizzed about the readiness of his horse for the richest race in the region, Yearwood indicated that plans were on stream and “all systems are go”. He also made it clear that “Areutalkintome has been working well and the others will have to come good if they want to beat me”.
Yearwood described the 2009 Derby winner as a very “intelligent animal” and noted that somehow Areutalkintome always seemed to know when a big race was near and consequently “ups a gear and goes about his preparations in a businesslike manner”.
Asked if Areutalkintome took on the other speedsters in the Gold Cup too early could lead to over-exertion and his possible downfall in the big race, the trainer replied: “Areutalkintome, by nature, has always been a front-running horse.”
He further remarked that Rico Walcott, who will be in the saddle, was also a good front-riding tactician, and all the variables would be taken into consideration.
Yearwood pointedly and confidently referred to the fact that his horse not only had speed, but also the stamina and fighting spirit “to bring him home”.