2016 horse of the year Northern Star and 2017 Sandy Lane Gold Cup winner Dorsett will clash Saturday in The Saleh and KhatJa Mohamed Memorial Trophy race number 6. The two top mounts headline a field of five other animals going the longest trip at the Garrison Savannah of 2200 meters.
Horse number 1 Northern Star, the first horse in history to win the Derby, Breeders Stakes and Tanglewood, will take the light weight of 108 pounds and will have jockey Antonio Perch in the saddle for the second time since his very first start as a two-year-old.
Northern Star will be facing his toughest test to date after winning the Tanglewood Stakes on Gold Cup Day and the Pavilion Court Handicap on April 1. In the Pavilion Court, the son of the now deceased sire Carpe Diem took the second top weight of 126 pounds winning with ease from the useful creole Spartacus. Northern Star has won two of his three starts this year having his only defeat on January 2 in the Happy New Year Trophy where he finished third to Ninepointsixnine who he will face again on Saturday.
Double Sandy Lane Gold Cup winner Dorsett will be having his fourth start this year. After running second in the Coolmore Stakes And Trophy on Errol Barrow Day to talented mare Neketta, then winning the Gold Cup on March 4, he then returned on April 17 in the Street Vendor Handicap finishing a dismal off the board fifth place to Janak’s Gold going 1570 meters.
Dorsett will have something to prove Saturday; that he is not just a Sandy Lane Gold Cup horse. The Steve and Alan Madoo-owned animal will take the top weight of 126 pounds giving as much as 18 pounds to the Massy United Derby winner Northern Star. Jalon Samuel will be aboard Dorsett who became the third horse in history to win the Gold Cup more than once.
The In-form four-year-old filly Stolen, a winner last time out on June 10 in the St Ann’s Garrison Handicap going 1800 meters over Spartacus, has been in great form this year. The full sister to 2009 triple crown winner Areutalkintome had run third in the 2016 Massy United Derby to Northern Star and has improved tremendously since then winning three races this year. Top jockey Rickey Walcott will ride the Jean Marc-owned and trained four-year-old filly.
Last year’s defending champion of the Saleh and KhatiJa Mohamed Memorial Trophy Daunting David was awarded the race after the failed urine sample of Inwon and will be looking to pass the pole first this time around. The Sir David Seale-owned five-year-old horse has not won since upsetting crack sprinters Lucky Adventure and Wild Cat Tea on December 10 in the BTC Board Directors Handicap going the sprint trip of 1100 meters. The bay son of Aragorn is fresh from a third place last race day behind the in-form Infrared and Janak’s Gold in the Pinnacle Feeds Areutalkintome Trophy. In the Areutalkintome trophy, Daunting David took 117 pounds but will be dropped down to 111 pounds and will have regular partner Anderson Trotman aboard. Trotman is hunting down the record of top retired jockey Venice Richard’s record of 509 wins overall at the Garrison Savannah. Trotman stands at 504 wins so far. The rest of the field are Ninepointsixnine, Inwon and Marcus Antonius. Post time for the Saleh and Khatja Mohamed Memorial trophy is 4.55 p.m.
Race 7, the Pan Pun De Sand Handicap going 1800 meters, is the second superfecta race on the seven-race card and it looks like a brain crusher. Horse number 11 Noflyzone appears the one to beat having three second-place finishes in her last three starts. She could be the one punters will be relying on. In her last effort on April 1 in the George Washington House Handicap, the four-year daughter of champion sire Janak was beaten by horse number five Verden and will be looking to turn the tables on him this time around Saturday. Noflyzone’s last win came last year on December 10 over Devil’s Khandy going Saturday’s trip of 1800 meters and this could set up for another good clash between the two.
Horse number one Devil’s Khandy will be making a return to races having not run for 105 days. Coming off a win on March 18 in the Frank Harper Memorial Handicap going 1800 meters, she defeated half of the field she will face Saturday in that effort. In that race horse number 10 Daring David had finished second when he took the top weight of 127 but will be dropping down to 117 this time around. Useful mare Chatterbox had placed third in the Frank Harper Memorial and was 5 to two favourite in the betting in that race. Horse number 7 Hercules had finished fifth in the Frank Harper when he took the joint top weight of 127 pounds, however, he takes 119 pounds and could be the danger horse. Memory Lane, Kula than Most, Summer Again and Ernesta Elaine round off the field.
Post time for Saturday’s first race is 2.15 p.m.