Going for gold
Trainer Elizabeth Deane will be going after her third Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup victory when the prestigious race runs off at the Garrison Savannah on Saturday.
Liz, as she is more familiarly known within horse racing circles, trained her first Gold Cup winner when the Aysha Syndicate-owned Whiskey For Me landed the 2007 race.
She got her second winner last year via the Sir David Seale-owned Dancin David, which will be one of two horses representing her in this year’s race. The other horse she will be saddling is Aristodemus, also owned by Sir David.
Trainer Edward Walcott Jr. will be represented by three horses in the race, namely Zoom, Erados and Meteorite, all creoles.
Walcott has one Gold Cup win against his name, and this was with creole Zoom, which won the 2011 event.
The other trainer with three horses entered in the race is Johnathan Simpson, and these are Graeme Hill (first reserve), Little Man Arran (second reserve), and Giovedi.
The most successful Gold Cup trainer to date is the late William “Bill” Marshall, who had seven Gold Cup winners during his illustrious career.
His first Gold Cup winner came via Tinkers Image in 1984, but he had to wait another ten years before he landed another such winner. Alto Jane provided him with a second winner in 1994, and he repeated again in 1995 with Asian Jane.
However, the best was yet to come for Marshall as he dominated the race between the years 2000 to 2003. He landed four successive winners starting with a hat-trick by Blast Of Storm (2000 to 2002), and he completed his foursome with the 2003 winner, Thady Quill.
The trainer with the second most Gold Cup wins is the late Arthur “Scobie” Breasley, whose charges won four races. These were Sandford Prince (1989, 1991 and 1992 ), and Chou Chou Royale (1993).
Another interesting component of the Gold Cup is trainer Anderson Ward, who will be represented by creole Show Me The Money and the imported Daga.
If either of Ward’s animals were to win the race, he will create Gold Cup history by becoming the first person to ride a Gold Cup winner and train one as well.
During his illustrious career in the saddle, Ward booted home three Gold Cup winners in Peace Envoy (1999), Pure Temptation (2008), and Daylight Express (2009).
The only other trainer with more than one horse in the rest is Andrew Nunes, who will be represented by creoles Kendal Moon and Apostle.