Top horse racing trainer Victor Cheeseman is supremely confident of a four-peat in the upcoming Massy United Insurance Barbados Derby at the Garrison Savannah on August 1 bank holiday.
Cheeseman has entered filly Fleurette who won the Barbados Guineas and colt Legion for the 33rd running of the race which for the first time in two years will see two Trinidadian entrants in Nisky’s Boy and Alruna.
“I did it in 2014 with Voldermort, Poetic Licence in 2015 and Northern Star last year and I can tell you that I feel even more confident this time around,” said Cheeseman, when asked about his chances.
The veteran trainer has equalled the record of three straight wins by Val Gale which was created from 1951 to 1953 and given the right conditions, he believes either of his charges stands a chance.
“Fleurette is fit and is working really well, it’s just a matter of how she completes the race. Legion is going from strength to strength and is going very good and I am hoping for a firm track,” he said.
Meanwhile, Springfield Farms’ Edward Walcott, who is training Amber Rose and Butterfly said that the big incentive of having the leading Barbados entrant travel to Trinidad for the Massy United Insurance Derby race on August 31st excited him.
“We are trying different stuff and Amber (Rose) at first was hard to get around but we have done a good job with her against older horses, so I am confident. I think the great initiative to win this Derby and get your horse in Trinidad running in their Derby is super,” Walcott said.
For the Massy United Insurance Barbados Derby the winner takes home a purse of $37 400 and a trophy.
The horses entered with their post positions in brackets are: (1) Fleurette, (2) Carbon Copy, (3) Javalier, (4) Legion, (5) Black Rock, (6) Amber Rose, (7) D’Girlz Dem Sugar, (8) Alruna (T&T), (9) Oberoi), (10) Zip Code, (11) Nisky’s Boy (T&T) and (12) Butterfly.