With the 2013 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup just over two months away, imported chestnut colt Aristodemus brought himself into Gold Cup reckoning with an emphatic win at the Garrison Savannah on Boxing Day.
Competing in The Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy for three-years-old and older horses going over a distance of 1,570 metres, the Sir David Seale-owned, Liz Deane-trained animal demolished 11 other opponents and in so doing sent out a strong and clear message to all possible contenders “Gold Cup here I come”.
Extremely well ridden by Anderson Trotman, it was Aristodemus’ fourth win in his last six starts, and probably his most impressive as he easily put away the cr?me de la cr?me of horses in Barbados.†
Aristodemus was ridden very patiently by Trotman, as the early fractions were set by Shared Adventure, with Purr Class and Kendal Moon in quick pursuit.
Trotman bided his time on Aristodemus, keeping him in fourth position until the horses made their final turn into the homestretch. At that stage he asked the three-year-old chestnut colt a question, and he replied instantly. Aristodemus quickened immediately, took up the running halfway down the homestretch and went on to an easy two-and-a-half lengths victory.
Forty-to-one outsider Purr Class, with R.A. Cumberbatch aboard, finished a surprising second while Discreetwon, ridden by Jalon Samuel, placed third and Shared Adventure weakened into fourth position.
The day’s other main race, the Diamonds International/Crown of Light Stakes & Trophy Challenge for West Indian bred two-year-olds, was won with similar ease by Nekitta, owned by Lewin Gooding and trained by Victor Cheeseman.
Ridden by Antonio Whitehall in the 1570 metres event, Nekitta was kept in fourth position behind Cavanak, with top Barbadian jockey, the Woodbine-based Patrick Husbands aboard, High Tide and Koh-I-Noor.
With about two furlongs to go, Cavanak weakened under pressure and at this stage High Tide and Nekitta set sail for home. When they straightened up for home High Tide weakened and eventually finished fourth as Koh-I-Noor (Jalon Samuel) and Devil’s Khandy (Trotman) ran on to finish second and third respectively.
Two jockeys rode a double on the day. They were Reshaun Latchman and Jalon Samuel. Latchman’s wins came aboard Johnny Sad Boy in the Diamonds International/Safi Kalima Handicap (Division A) and Iamsogroovy in the Diamonds International/Day 2 Night Handicap; while Samuel’s victories were aboard Reward Me in the Diamonds International/Safi Kalima Handicap (Division B), and Hadiya in the Diamonds International/Gift (Condition Race).
Of the trainers, Roger Parravicino was the most successful as he saddled three winners on the day’s nine-race card. His wins came via Seattle Sunshine in the opening The Boxing Juvenile Open Condition Race; Hadiya; and Chatter Box in the day’s final event, the Diamonds International/Wonder Stud Handicap.The next race day will be Saturday, January 5, 2013.†††