Bandera Belle beats the odds

Bandera Belle beating Summer Time to the finish.

Bandera Belle, a 35 to 1 outsider piloted by Renaldo Cumberbatch, created a major upset in local horse-racing circles to win the 2012 United Insurance Barbados Derby over the weekend.

The connections of the 3-year-old bay- filly are still celebrating the victory in the 73rd annual running of the Derby, at the Garrison Savannah, and the winner’s cheque of $61 000.

The win was also the second in consecutive years for trainer Andrew Nunes, who won last year with filly Kendal Moon.

Once the 12-horse field broke from the starting gates for the 10-furlong event, Run For Your Money raced to the lead while second favourite Summer Time settled mid-pack, along with Bandera Belle and Open Secret.

Cumberbatch kept Bandera Belle off the early pace and was well positioned

in the final two furlongs when Jalon Samuel took over the lead on Summer Time. Bandera Belle made a surge for home in the last 50 metres, joining and then overtaking Summer Time in an exciting sprint to the finish. Second was Summer Time and third Open Secret.

Another upset win was recorded in the supporting feature, the T.A. “Tommy” Peirce Memorial Trophy Handicap when Erados, ridden by Dario Dalrymple, slammed the field in the final 70 metres for a memorable victory.

Jalon Samuel was the only jockey to ride two winners on the nine-race card on Derby day while trainer Richard Deane and Victor Cheeseman both saddled two winners.

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