The Crop Over festival has started and the Barbados Turf Club (BTC) will be celebrating today with the Crop Over Festival Race Day, the fifth day of the BTC’s second racing season at the Garrison Savannah.
The $16,000 Crop Over Festival Handicap for the top-rated horses is the feature race on the card going the sprint distance of 1100 meters, and looked like it would be a very hotly contested affair when entries closed on Wednesday at the BTC’s offices.
Indiano Jones, who was once trained by North American top trainer Mark Casse and once owned by John Oxley, will take on six other rivals.
Indiano Jones, now owned by Barbadian Lew Gooding, has won his last two starts going nine furlongs and more recently seven furlongs last race day in the Pinnacle Horse Feed Fabulous 50 Trophy, drops back to the sprint trip of 1100 meters.
Indiano Jones, the highest rated horse in the race at 119, will take top weight of 130 pounds. He has won five races in Barbados, three times last year, one of which came from the disqualification of top creole Sirius Black.
He will be giving out loads of weight, as much as 20 pounds to most of the field. Standing in his way could be the Hopefield charge of Dazzling David, a winner last time out on May 28 in the Wild Love Handicap over Vitality who is also entered in the field.
Lucky Adventure who won his first four races of the year, had a bad trip last time out and connections will be hoping for better luck this time, having finished last in the Wild Love Handicap. Lucky Adventure will take 110 pounds and is drawn at number five.
Hundreds of race fans will be coming out to see this exciting clash. Giovedi from the Jonathan Simpson stable will be finishing fast in the end. He will take along 122 pounds with stable jockey to owners Bill and Hayley Belvins, Reshawn Latchman in the saddle. Giovedi’s last win was on January 20 in the Palm Beach Condominium Handicap going 1100 meters beating the 2016 Spa Sprint winner I’m so groovy. The Crop Over Festival Trophy will run off at 4:55 p.m.
Race 5 going the longest trip at the Garrison of 11 furlongs [2200 meters] is the Saleh And Khatija Mohamed Memorial Trophy, a trophy presented by Mohammed Mohamed, horseman’s liaison racing division officer of the Barbados Turf Club in memory of his Parents. Daunting David drops back in class here after running second to Indiano Jones last race day in the Pinnacle Horse Feed Fabulous 50 Trophy and looks like the one to beat. Daunting David will take the top weight of 126 pounds. The Saleh And Khatija Mohamed Memorial Trophy will run off at 3.50 p.m.
Stephnie Goddard’s grey four-year old filly Snow Storm could be the one to stop Daunting David. Snow Storm won her last start going nine furlongs handing hot 3-year-old colt Infrared his first loss in four starts for the year going nine furlongs in the St Ann’s Garrison Handicap on June 11. Before that race she ran fourth to Infrared on May 28 in the Inchiban Handicap going 1570 meters. On April 28 she won the St Jude’s Handicap going 1570 meters, defeating Vitality making it two wins in her last three starts. She will take 108 pounds.
Janak’s Gold who won the Betting Booth Staff Trophy on May 16, defeating Lucky Adventure going 7.8 furlongs, looks like he can go close and will be taking the light weight of 116 pounds.
Donicodidit who had a pair of disappointing races of late can spring a surprise. An in and out runner, Donicodidit last won on April 16 in the Garrison Savannah Handicap defeating Janak’s Gold into second position and handing Lucky Adventure his first defeat of the year, finishing fourth. After that he returned to races on May 16 being defeated by Janak’s Gold and Lucky adventure, two horses he had beaten before he ran fifth of five runners in the Betting Booth Staff Trophy.
On June 11 Donicodidit ran another dismal race finishing fourth of four in the St Ann’s Handicap which was won by Snow Storm. Donicodidit, an unpredictable horse, will have punters scratching their heads and wondering which mood will he turn up in. Summer Again, Prince Hector and Nekitta make up the rest of the field.
Post time for the eight-race card is 1.45 p.m. (KL)