Zoom a top pick


Aston Martin could spring a surprise tomorrow.

ZOOM can return to the winner’s enclosure by taking The Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (BTBA) Bonaventure Garrison Turf Stakes & Trophy when it runs off at the Garrison Savannah tomorrow.

The Gay Smith-owned, Edward Walcott Jnr.-trained eight-year-old’s best performance to date was probably his third-place finish behind Dancin David in the March 3, 2012 Gold Cup. That race was over a distance of 1,800 metres, and although tomorrow’s race will be 200 metres longer, it shouldn’t be a disadvantage to the animal.

Zoom actually won at tomorrow’s distance of 2,000 metres on January 21 last year, when he got home by a neck over Show Me The Money, who is also entered in tomorrow’s race. Actually, in the 2011 Gold Cup which is run over 1,800 metres, Zoom finished second to Show Me The Money, who was subsequently disqualified and Zoom was awarded the race in the stewards room.

Zoom will be partnered by regular jockey Antonio Bishop, and this could be to his advantage because Bishop is very familiar with his running style.

Zoom’s biggest threats could be the same Show Me The Money, Kendal Moon, and Aston Martin. Of the three, Show Me The Money looks the most dangerous as this Anderson Ward-trained seven-year-old has relentless early speed, but despite this he has shown in all of his races over 1,570 metres that he has the ability to stay on as well.

Kendal Moon is another to keep a close eye on. Trained by Andrew Nunes and ridden by Anderson Trotman, this four-year-old disappointed somewhat on Boxing Day when he finished only fifth behind Aristodemus in the Grade 1 Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy over 1,570 metres. However, he won over tomorrow’s distance of 2,000 metres on March 3 (Gold Cup Day) last year, defeating the second-placed Island Memories by two-and-a-half lengths.

Aston Martin, which is trained by Victor Cheeseman, could also be good each-way value despite a relatively poor performance in his last start. In that race on December 26, he finished fifth behind LadyQuill in a 1,570 metres event for three and four-year-old horses.

Of the others, the Gay Smith-owned Erados could also spring a surprise. This seven-year-old gelding was unplaced in his last start but he is also trained by Edward Walcott Jnr., the trainer of one of the pre-race favourites in Zoom, and this being the case it is also possible that Erados could provide Walcott with a one-two.††

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