Noble Intent heads a field of 12 horses listed to contest the 2014 Massy United Insurance Derby at the Garrison Savannah on August 9.
Already the winner of two of the three races making up the Triple Crown in local horse-racing, Noble Intent could secure a place in history if he is successful in landing the prestigious Derby, the long-standing 75-year-old classic race for creole horses.
During a media conference at the Barbados Turf Club today to officially hand over the coveted Derby Silver Cup from sponsors to race administrators, chief executive of the Barbados Turf Club, Rosette Pierce said record cash prizes were at stake.
Pierce, disclosed that the total purse for the United Insurance Barbados Derby was in excess of $130,000 and the winner would grab a cash prize of $74,000, which will be a record pay-out for the event.
Noble Intent previously whipped the opposition in recent months in the Barbados Guineas and the Barbados Midsummer Classic and will have veteran Anderson Trotman astride, in seeking to add the 2014 Derby and a triple-crown bonus of $100,000.
Chief executive of sponsors Massy United Insurance, Howard Hall, told the media that this year’s event was also very significant for his company as it marked 30 years of unbroken sponsorship of the Barbados Derby.
“This is a very important occasion for us as sponsors and we are extremely proud to have been associated with the Barbados Derby for so many years and to count ourselves among the longest serving partners of the Barbados Turf Club and horse-racing in Barbados.”
In keeping with the recent rebranding of Massy operations in the region, Hall reported that the Barbados Derby would be the first occasion that the new brand will be showcased in such a big way and sponsors were going the extra-mile to stage an exciting day, with special moments and memories for patrons, owners, trainers, jockeys and grooms.
“You can say that Derby Day this year will also be a triple crown of celebrations for us . . . as we celebrate 75 years of the , 30 years of our sponsorship and the company’s new brand,” Hall said.
Both Sir David Seale, president of the BTC and Lord Michael Taylor, a BTC director, thanked Massy United Insurance for their sponsorship over the years and for their contribution to racing.
Nine races will be contested on Massy United Insurance Race Day on August 9, with race No.7 being the feature Barbados Derby classic for West-Indian bred three-year-olds.
The list of starters for the Derby are Jasmine, Ninepoint Six-Nine Aquatic Star, In The Pink Noble Intent Joshua Dance Daddy Dance John Vere Kamazetta Corvette Voldermort and Lavani. The reserve is Super Lady.