Margo Atkinson’s five-year-old bay horse Spartacus will be looking for his first stakes score in the Super Lotto Breeders Classic going the 1800 meters distance for locally bred animals at the Garrison Savannah tomorrow.
A ten-horse field flushed with talent that includes three Barbados Derby winners in the field will ensure that race fans are in for a sensational race. The Boston John-trained horse will be going after a hat-trick after winning the Right Excellent Bussa Handicap on July winning from Princess Tiana who will not be in the lineup tomorrow and 2014 Barbados Derby winner Voldemort who he will face again.
The consistent son of War Crime then returned on August 12 in the Kabul Trophy taking 124 pounds and winning by three lengths from the imported filly Celestial Storm and the 2014 United Derby winner Voldemort. Spartacus also defeated 2015 Barbados Derby runner-up and Breeders Classic champion Donicodidit into fourth place in the Kabul trophy and he is again entered. Spartacus has won his last two starts going Saturday’s 1800 meter trip and looks like a danger.
2016 Massy United Derby winner Northern Star and last year’s horse of the year, is one of the two horses this year to defeat the ever consistent Spartacus. The chestnut son of the now deceased sire Carpe Diem has won four out of five starts this year including his last four starts to date. The Victor Cheeseman-owned and trained classy runner is also the defending champion of the Breeders Classic winning last year when galloping home from the 2016 champion creole Nekitta who will also be in the line-up.
Horse Number 5 Nekitta, the 2016 champion creole of last year, could be one to watch being the second highest rated horse in the field at 120 to Northern Star’s 121. Nekitta is coming off two third-place finishes with the top-rated animals when placing third in the Final Handicap to the highest rated horse in Barbados Infrared on August 26 going 1800 meters. Then repeating the same place to Infrared last race day November 11 in the 51st Anniversary Handicap also going 1800 meters. Notable absentee from the field is 2013 Barbados Derby winner Knight Rider who had placed second last race day in the same encounter to Infrared. Nekitta has only won once this year on Errol Barrow Day in the Coolmore Stakes Home Of Champions over Sandy Lane Gold cup winner Dorsett going tomorrow’s Breeders Classic trip.
Also in the field is Harriet Brathwaite’s four-year-old bay colt Banja which is coming off two wins and a second place finish in his last race in the Pride Of Industry Handicap going the mile trip of 1570 meters. Banja had looked all over a winner but was caught on the line by 2014 Derby winner Voldemort in a thrilling finish breaking Banja’s three-win streak.
Classy four-year-old filly Stolen who is the second animal to beat one of the most improving horses in Barbados for 2017 Spartacus, will be looking to follow her brother Areutalkintome and win the Breeders Classic as he did in 2010 and 2013. The four-year-old filly by Zwick out of Bossa Nova placed second in her last start in the Maintenance Break Handicap to imported Refire going 1570 meters on August 26. Stolen had run a good race taking second place by a head from Donicodidit back in third. Stolen will take 123 pounds and can’t be ignored.
2017 Massy United Derby winner Butterfly makes It three Derby winners in the field. The Last time three Derby winners were entered in the Breeders Classic was back in 2013 when Areutalkintome, Knight Rider and Kendel Moon had finished first, second and fourth 2nd and 4th respectively. Butterfly is one of the two three-year-olds in the race meeting the older horses for the first time. Four Derby winners have won the Breeders Classic in the past, namely Coo Bird, Apostle, Areutalkintome and Northern star.
Oberoi from the Melrose Stable has not raced since finishing third in this year’s Massy united Derby. The three-year-old will be looking to turn the tables on this year’s Derby winner who also did not race since the Derby. Ninepointsixnine rounds off the exciting and mouth-watering field. The six-year-old is the only animal in the field to defeat the 2016 horse of the year Northern Star this year when he won the New Year trophy on January 2.