Big bet

Sir David (left) accompanying Aristodemus into the enclosure last year.
Sir David (left) accompanying Aristodemus into the enclosure last year.

Sir David Seale, a former president of the Barbados Turf Club, will be going after his seventh Gold Cup victory when the 2013 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup runs off at the Garrison Savannah on Saturday.

Sir David will be represented by two horses in the 1,800 metres event, namely last year’s winner Dancin David and Aristodemus, and both appear to have an outstanding chance of landing the big prize.

Sir David will be looking to have back-to-back wins in the race, having won last year’s race with Dancin David. He landed his first Gold Cup win with Bentom in 1986; followed up with Sandford Prince in 1989; then registered a hat-trick of victories via Sandford Prince (1991 and 1992) and Chou Chou Royale (1993). He then had to wait another 19 years before he got another Gold Cup win with Dancin Brave last year.

Dancin Brave has been off the track for almost a year, so it is very unlikely that he would be ready to win a race as competitive as the Gold Cup come Saturday. This being the case therefore, it appears as if Sir David might have to depend on Aristodemus to give him his seventh Gold Cup victory.

The only other owner to have registered a hat-trick of Gold Cup wins so far is Sally Arbib, whose Blast Of Storm scored in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

However, one other owner also have three Gold Cup wins against her name, that being Gay Smith. She landed her first win in 2003 with Thady Quill, followed up with Sharp Impact in 2006, and then in 2011 Zoom provided her with her third win. Three owners have registered two Gold Cup wins. They are Paul Locke (Alto Jane -1994, Asian Jane – 1995); Eugene Melnyk (Kathir – 2004, Sterwins – 2010); and L.M. Taylor (Pure Temptation 2008, Daylight Express – 2009).†

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