Trainer Victor Cheeseman and owners Bill Inc. are going after a record-equalling third straight Massy United Derby, when the 2016 running of the last leg of the triple crown runs off at the Garrison Savannah on August 6.
At a media briefing Thursday at the Incitatus Members Lounge at the Barbados Turf Club, trainers and owners gathered as sponsors Massy United handed over the sponsorship cheque of $58 000 to the Turf Club
Cheeseman teamed up with owners Bill inc to win the last two runnings of the Derby with Voldemort finishing first in 2014 and Poetic Licence in 2015. And he is looking forward to putting his name in the record books in a few days’ time.
Late owner Cyril Barnard is the only owner to win a hat-trick of the big race, first in 1951 with Best Wishes, 1952 with Bright Light and Faerie Queene completed the hat-trick in 1953.
Poetic Licence, last year’s winner and half sister to Poetry In Motion, which is owned by Bill Inc. has been entered. The last time half siblings won the Derby was in 1989 when the great Coo Bird sped to victory. Then his half-brother Ginger Dove rocketed his way to Derby success the very next year. Poetry In Motion will be ridden this year by apprentice Shane Collymore, son of retired jockey Jeffery Brown who incidentally was the jockey of Ginger Dove when he won the Derby in 1990.
Cheeseman will also have favourite Northern Star entered, a mount which he owns, bred and trains .The only other person to pull off this magnificent feat was John D Chandler who won the Derby with Belledune in 1943, a mount he owned, bred and trained.
Trainer Naz Issa will have the classy Daddy’s Wish entered. She has won five races, placed two seconds and a third from eight starts and looks like the main spoiler to favourite Northern Star’s Derby-winning hopes. After she had a battle to the line to run second to Northern star in the Pinnacle Feeds Midsummer Classic. Today trainer Naz Issa told the media briefing that Daddy’s Wish was back to full fitness after she had been out from racing most of the year due to Injury. Issa indicated that jockey Anderson Trotman was also back from injury and would be in the saddle on Derby day taking over from the now Injured Rickey Walcott who had a fall on July 9.
Walcott who won the Derby for the last two years had been hoping to match the triple tally of top veteran jockey Eric Holder who had won a hat-trick of derbies with Best Wishes, Bright Light and Faerie Queene from 1951 to 1953. Top retired rider Chally Jones is the only other jockey to match that when he won in the years 1969 to 1971.
2016 Gold cup wining trainer Robert Peirce, will have the talented Steven Allan back, as the winner of the first leg of the triple crown Barbados Guineas. He had missed the second leg Pinnacle Feeds Midsummer Classic due to Injury.
Peirce told Barbados TODAY that his charge was back to full fitness and would be ridden by 2016 Gold Cup-winning jockey Jalon Samuel. He also said his other charge Banja was coming along fine and would be ridden by Antonio Perch.
Jonathan Simpson is looking for his first win in the Derby as a trainer. He has two runners entered in Saddlers Dream and Brighton Belle. Simpson said Saddlers Dream had been bitten by a centipede but with medication, was now back to full health and was going well at morning gallops. The easy-going trainer said his second charge Brighton Belle which had handed in her maiden certificate on July 9, was doing very well also.
Jamaican born trainer Andrew Nunes, a three- time winner of the Barbados Derby with Apostle in 2007, Kendel Moon in 2011 and Bandera Bella in 2012, will have two charges in the 2016 Massy United Derby line-up in Siavonga and Kangaroo Jack. Nunes told Barbados TODAY that leading rider in Barbados and apprentice Rasheed Hughes would be aboard Siavonga for the Derby and he was please with his progress.
Siavonga had beaten the imported two-year-olds last year. Nunes said his other entry Kangaroo Jack was doing well, and he was pleased with his form. The rest of the 2016 Derby field is made up of Sliver Bullet and Stolen in the 11-horse field.
The supporting feature race is the T A Tommy Peirce Memorial Trophy going 1570 meters for the top class animals. It has a crack entry of nine horses, among the best entries that has come out since Gold Cup 2016. Indiano Jones, winner of the last two races for the top class mounts, heads the exciting field. Indiano Jones had won the Aston Martin Handicap over Just A Fashion on May 29. He then followed it up on June 25 in the Pinnacle Horse Feed Fabulous 05 Trophy. He will be looking for a hat-trick come Derby day.
Just A Fashion was the only other horse to defeat the top class rides twice this year when he won the Coolmore Stakes And Trophy and the Spa Ferry Cup. Just A Fashion looks a picture and will have Antonio Bishop in the saddle. Top class creole Sirius Black will be back after a lay-off having not run for 70 days. The Blacka which he has been nick-named, will have Shane Collymore in the saddle and is a honest horse which always runs in the first four. The $20 000 showdown will also see the 2016 Gold Cup winner Dorsett who has been going great guns at morning gallops and is looking to win his second race in Barbados from three starts. The rest of the field is made up of Lucky Adventure, Daunting David, Giovedi, Dazzling David and Janak’s Gold.
Post time for the first race 12.30 p.m.