Trainer Eddie Belle said he was confident in Rising Star and the five-year-old horse did not disappoint, making it two wins in a row as he galloped away from his other three rivals in the BTC Directors’ Handicap at the Garrison Savannah on Saturday. He now looks to be the star attraction among the top-rated horses.
On a gloomy day with heavy rain fall just before the feature race, the Richard Deane-trained Terrain broke quickly to the lead and was joined by Trini Aviator who took the lead away coming down the stands for the first time. 2019 Sandy Lane Gold Cup winner Celestial Storm was tracking in third and Terrain’s stablemate Zagan was tucked in in fourth and Rising Star last of the quintet in the early stages.
Trini Aviator who had defeated Terrian last race day went the first 1 1/4 in a slow 25.0 on the soft turf and the 1/2 in 52.4.
At the two-furlong marker just like his last win Rising Star circled the track like a whirlwind, showing a terrific turn of speed and leaving his rivals for dead once again. He won by 12 1/4 lengths from second placed Celestial Storm who many fans thought would have eaten this field for lunch in her favourite soft going.
Terrain ran on to be third getting the better of Trini Aviator this time around who had to settle for fourth and a long way back was Zagan. The final time was a very slow 157.0 which was understandable in the slow going as they had also gone six furlongs in 116 and a mile in 144.0.
There was drama after the race as Rising Star was galloping back to the winners’ circle. Champion rider Rasheed Hughes could not get him to stop and the horse threw his rider to the ground in the process and jumped the rails just opposite George Washington House.
Rising Star’s overall condition was unknown at the end of the evening but his vet tended to minor cuts as he returned to the paddock.
Hughes won three of the four races that were ran to be the leading rider on the day. No trainer had a double on the day as Victor Cheeseman, Kenny John, Eddie Belle and Richard Deane each saddled a winner.
Races were abandoned after race 4 as stewards made a decision for the safety of jockeys based on the conditions occasioned by the rain. The next race day will be August 28th Guineas Day, the first leg of the Barbados Triple Crown.