Refire, winner of The Saleh and Khatija and Mohamad Memorial trophy going 2200 meters or 11 furlongs on July 7, will face the Hopefield charge in Debonaire David again in the BTC’s Board of Directors Handicap feature race tomorrow going 1800 meters at the Garrison Savannah. The feature is seventh on the seven-race card and will run off at 5.40 p.m.
With a purse of $16 000, the small but very interesting five-horse field could go down to the wire as three of the five horses entered have run first or second in their last starts.
Refire owned by the Raizman Brothers, Dan and Martin, had broken the track record for 11 furlongs on July 7 in his last start taking 111 pounds. He defeated the useful creole mare Stolen who is not entered tomorrow.
On Saturday the Richard Deane-trained dark bay imported horse will take the top weight of 128 pounds at the trip he likes. Rasheed Hughes will ride Refire once again.
Debonaire David which placed second to Stolen going 7.8 furlongs in the TA Tommy Peirce event last race day, will be stretching out to 1800 meters which is the trip he won his first start in Barbados on May 26, the Alaska Pete Trophy, defeating Refire.
In that clash, Debonaire David took 118 pounds to Refire’s 128, the same weight he will be carrying tomorrow. The Liz Deane-trained Debonaire David who had won by a head in the Alaska Pete Handicap will be going up four pounds tomorrow taking 122 Pounds. Punters will now be looking to see if he can defeat Refire again now there is a five-pound difference and after only winning by a head while receiving 10 pounds in the Alaska Pete. Anderson Trotman will ride Debonaire David.
Horse number 1 Spartacus who had not raced since placing second to Debonaire David going 7.8 furlongs in the St Ann’s Handicap on June 9, could be in the shake-up once again. Spartacus went down into the second position by six and a half lengths in the St Ann’s which was a jaw-dropping display by the winner. The Margo Atkinson-owned horse carried 114 pounds in that 7.8 furlongs race in which Debonaire David took 115. He will carry the second top weight of 124 pounds in the BTC Board of Directors race. Apprentice Delano Lopez will ride.
Janak’s Gold, one of three locally bred horses in the race, will be looking to defeat the top two imports Refire and Debonaire David. The chestnut gelding ran a very disappointing race in the T A Tommy Peirce last race day finishing seventh of seven starters but just going down by six lengths to the winner Stolen.
The gelding by stallion Janak had placed third to Debonaire David in the St Ann’s taking 121 pounds and giving seven and eight pounds to Spartacus and Debonaire David respectively that day. Janak’s Gold is known for giant-killing acts, defeating top-rated horse Infrared in the past and could spring a surprise tomorrow. Lester Edwards will be aboard Janak’s Gold.
Rounding off the field is Summer Again the lowest rated horse in the race at 40 compared to his other five rivals who are all ranked from 92 to 98. Apprentice Erico Daneil from St Lucia will ride.
Post time for the first race on the seven-race card is 2.30 p.m. My selection – Refire, Debonaire David, Spartacus, Janak’s Gold.