American bred Major Marvel, with champion Barbadian jockey Patrick Husbands in the saddle, has won the coveted 2014 Sandy Lane Gold Cup race in convincing style.
The 8-year-old, owned by American Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, was one of three imported horses, which led the pack in the final furlong and home to victory at the Garrison Savannah.
“This is a grammy for me,” said Husbands, who is based in Canada and has previously won aboard Major Marvel at Woodbine.
Thrilled to be first American to come to Barbados and win the Gold Cup, which is in it’s 33rd year, Mr Ramsey, said, “This is the start of our international tour.”
He said he did not have any immediate plans for his winning horse.
However, he was full of praise for both his local and international trainers as well as Husbands whom he described as a “legend down here”, adding, “hats off to him.”
Second was Nominee and third was Dashing David.