Infrared and Celestial Storm will have an epic face-off in a field of seven in the Final handicap, the feature race on the last day of the second horseracing season for 2018. They will be going the sprint 1100 meters trip this Saturday in a race with a purse of $18 500. It is the final race on the nine-race card for the top rated horses ranked 140 and below and runs off at 5.30p.m.
A massive crowd is expected to witness the best sprint field to assemble since this year’s Sandy Lane Spa Sprint. The extraordinary Sandy Lane Spa Sprint-winning grey filly Celestial Storm who has only been defeated once this year in five starts going 1100 meters, will be looking to keep her 90 per cent record. Drawn in gate 1, the Roger Parravicino-trained four-year-old USA-imported filly has run the fastest times going 1100 meters this year including a pair of one minute, four second times.
Horse number 1 Celestial Storm will take 115 pounds and will be a force to be reckoned with once again. St Lucian apprentice Eric Daniel will ride.
The field of seven is filled with talent as all the horses have placed in their last starts and the event is building up as a mouth-watering clash. Horse number 6 Infrared is the only horse to defeat Celestial Strom this year when he bested her on April 2 in the Grandstand Fire Queen Trophy Handicap.
Infrared has been very consistent having placed in the top 4 in all his starts this year. The tough-looking chestnut will take the top weight of 130 pounds. Rasheed Hughes will ride once again.
Trainer Richard Deane told Barbados TODAY Infrared was feeling better than ever and would be a hard nut to crack on race day. The lovely chestnut who placed third in the Sandy Lane Gold Cup this year is closing on Celestial Storm in prize money for 2018 as they are both contending for the prize of champion imported horse in Barbados this year.
Jean-Marc Cozier’s locally bred five-year-old filly Stolen who won the Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders Sprint Stakes on August 25 will be going after a hat-trick of wins. The daughter of inform broodmare Bossa Nova had won the Tommy Pierce Handicap on August 1 going 1570 to set up her bid for a hat-trick. Stolen, the lone locally bred filly in the race will take 117 pounds and could be the one to defeat the top two imports.
Stolen is the ninth highest money earner in Barbados for 2018 behind Celestial Storm and Infrared in fifth and sixth respectively. The classy mare has run the second fastest time over 1100 meters this year when she ran one minute five seconds flat in her last start. Rickey Walcott will ride.
The Romell Lovell-trained Radial Flyer was going after a hat-trick of wins last race day but was defeated by the light weighted Sea Gold but could be a danger at the weights.
Radial Flyer has won two races from four starts since coming to Barbados. The compact bay will take 110 pounds coming down from 123 last race day. Ron Ali from Trinidad and Tobago gets the riding assignment.
Forsaken One, Wild Cat Tea and Debonaire David complete the field. Post time for the first race is 1.15 p.m.