President of the Barbados Turf Club Sir David Seale’s Forsaken One will be seeking three wins in a row at the Garrison Savannah tomorrow when he faces four others including his stablemate Daunting David in the J.A.K ‘Tony Archer’ Memorial Handicap going 1100 meters and with a purse of $18 500. Tomorrow’s event is the first race day of the New Year.
Forsaken One, a bay USA imported son by Forty Grams is fresh from winning on December 9 when defeating the Jamaican-bred gelding Sea Gold in the Season Greetings Handicap for horses rated 85 to 65 taking the top weight of 130 pounds. The Liz Deane-trained five-year-old started his sequence of wins by running away from stablemate Daunting David by two and a half lengths when stepping up to the 110 rated horses, winning the Horseracing Productions Trophy Handicap on November 25 while taking the lightest weight in the field of 110 pounds. Refire finished in third place and consistent sprinter mare Apparition was fourth.
Forsaken One will break from gate 4 after winning out of gate 3 in his last two starts. He will take 113 pounds and will be dangerous once again.
Dazzlin David also from the Sir David Seale barn had run sixth out of six in the Season Of Emancipation Handicap in his last start but has been withdrawn.
Second of Sir David’s double entry will be Daunting David. He was disappointing on Boxing Day in the Diamonds International Crown Of Light Stakes And Trophy going the mile trip of 1570 meters when finishing fifth out of five starters. He will be dropping back to the sprint trip of 1100 meters which was his last win on December 10, 2016, in the BTC Directors Handicap, a race in which he had taken the top weight of 130 pounds and had drawn gate 1 which will be the same scenario tomorrow. Connections will be hoping he can enter the winners’ enclosure once again.
Forsaken One and Daunting David’s primary competition should come from the seven-year-old mare Apparition who had dismissed Wild Cat Tea, Daunting David and Forsaken One in that order in the Season Of Emancipation Handicap going 1100 meters on July 15, 2017, in her last win with her regular rider Antonio Perch. The consistent mare had run unplaced for 16 consecutive starts from May 2016 until the TA Tommy Pierce Memorial on August 1’s Massy United DerbyDay which she had run off the board going 7.8 furlongs. The Boston John-trained mare will take 119 pounds on Saturday, four more pounds than when she last won and will be in the firing line once again.
Sandy Lane Spa Sprint winner of 2017 Wild Cat Tea has not won since winning the country’s premier sprint race on March 4. The Anderson Ward-trained speedster had last raced on November 25 in the Horseracing Productions Handicap finishing fifth of six horses. Wild Cat Tea has drawn gate 5 and will take the second top weight of 128 pounds minus 7 pounds with apprentice Dalano Lopez down to ride.
Post time for the J.A.K ”Tony” Archer Memorial Handicap is 5 p.m. and it is race 8 the final race of the programme. Archer was a horse owner in the 1960s who possessed the only twin horses to race in Barbados Big Blaze and Little Blaze. Twins are a rarity among horses.
Race 2 will be at 1.45 p.m. and is the Ferry Boat Handicap going the sprint trip of 1100 meters. This race looks like a star attraction with horse number 3 Fleurette the leading three-year-old of 2017 heading a field of seven. The filly by the inform stallion Zwick had nine starts in 2017 winning five with one of them being her last start on December 9 the Happy Holidays Handicap going the mile trip of 1570. She galloped home then from the useful War Music when taking the joint top weight of 126 pounds on that day.
However, she drops back to the sprint trip of 1100 meters where she was last defeated, finishing in fourth place on November 25 in the Instant Scratch Sale Ticket Graduates Sprint Cup behind stablemate the Victor Cheeseman- trained Watch That Birdie who ran away a winner. Fleurette will take the top weight of 130 pounds.
Horse number five in the six-horse field Javalier has the distinction of winning the final race of 2017 the Diamonds International Wonder Stud Handicap and showed a tremendous turn of speed to win from Schuss who is not entered tomorrow and Watch That Birdie. Javalier is handicapped at 126 pounds on Saturday going up nine pounds after winning on Boxing Day.
Four-year-old filly Watch That Birdie coming off a win and a second in her last starts will more than add spice to the exciting flavour of the Ferry Boat Handicap. Having 127 pounds and placing third behind Javalier who took 117, the weights are much closer this time around. Both will be carrying equal weight at 126 as Javalier has been given a 10 rating from his win last race day from 50 to 60, the same as Watch That Birdie.
Miss Megyn has been pencilled in by the Turf Club handicappers to take 118 pounds, one pound less than Boxing Day in her second-place effort to winner Sebcoe. Legion and Preach Boy round off the seven-horse field. The winner of this race could be vying for a place in the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint on Gold Cup Day. Post time for Saturday’s first race is 1:15 p.m.