Point to prove
All eyes are expected to be on Aristodemus when the four-year-old lines up in The Coolmore Home of Champions Stakes & Trophy – for Group 1 horses – at the Garrison Savannah on Saturday, third day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season for 2013.
The Sir David Seale-owned chestnut colt won his last two races like a true champion and those wins catapulted him into Gold Cup reckoning. His last win was in the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy over 1,570 metres on Boxing Day, and it was his fourth in his last six starts.
However, all of those wins were over 1,570 metres, whereas Saturday’s race will be over the Gold Cup distance of 1,800 metres, so this is why race fans will be paying special interest in him to see how he performs over the Gold Cup distance.
Aristodemus is one of two horses Sir David has for the Gold Cup, the other being Dancin David, winner of the 2011 Gold Cup. However, has had his fare share of troubles and as a result he has not been seen on the Garrison track for a considerable long time.
Nevertheless, stable connections indicate he has been doing well at his home track at Hopefield and they seem confident he will also be ready for the March 2 Gold Cup.
With respect to tomorrow’s race, although, Aristodemus is the short-price pre-race favourite, he can expect some stiff competition from DiscreetwonChargeItDaga, and Meteorite.
Meteorite and Charge It won their last races, while DiscreetwonDaga finished third and eighth respectively in their last start.
Of the four horses mentioned as Aristodemus’ biggest threats, Discreetwon appears to be the one most likely to prevent Sir David Seale’s animal from getting back into the winner’s enclosure tomorrow.
The Roger Parravicino-trained bay colt finished third behind Aristodemus over 1,570 metres on Boxing Day, but in his previous race on December 15, he defeated a useful field of animals over tomorrow’s distance of 1,800 metres. He also won over 1,800 metres on November 15 last year.
Daga, trained by Andy Ward, looks also capable of springing a surprise.
Despite not getting into the winner’s enclosure often, she is always there or thereabouts as is evidenced by her second-placed finishes behind Dancing David and Discreetwon on May 26 and November 17 respectively, last year. And it is interesting to note that both those races were over tomorrow’s distance of 1,800 metres.