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Vitality the horse to beat

sportshorseracinggarrisonsavannahDespite having to shoulder the top impost of 133 pounds, Vitality still looks like the horse to beat in The Inyouvations Handicap  when the Barbados Turf Club’s Racing Fraternity Race Day runs off at the Garrison Savannah tomorrow.

The Anderson Ward-trained animal will be partnered by the stable’s regular jockey Jalon Samuel in the 1,100 metres event, and having not been in the winners’ enclosure recently the five-year-old should turn up at attractive odds.

Ward has another runner in the event, and that is the well-weighted Run Alke Run, who has been handicapped at 113 pounds and who will be partnered by Jonathan Grant. Run Alke Run has not been in any great form of late and consequently his chances of winning appear quite remote.

The horse they will all have to beat appears to be the Roger Parravicino-trained Seattle Sunshine, winner of four of its last six races, including a hat-trick in its last three starts. Included among its wins was the Cave Shepherd & Company Limited Handicap, also over tomorrow’s distance of 1,100 metres. She was partnered by Ricky Walcott in that event, and he will be aboard again tomorrow.

Seattle Sunshine is one of two three-year-olds in the race, the other one being the Richard Deane-trained Miss Fandando, to be ridden by Jaral Beckles.

Trainer Victor Cheeseman, like Ward, will be represented by two horses in the race, namely Lune De Barachois and A.P. Vincero. The former will be piloted by the youthful Dario Bynoe, and the latter by the reigning champion jockey, Anderson Trotman.

The day’s other feature race is The Barbados Turf Club’s Members Handicap for three-years-old and older horses going 1,800 metres. This race appears to be much more competitive than the Inyouvations Trophy Handicap, because any of the ten horses entered appear capable of winning it.

Among the ten are the Ward-trained Captain Sully and Island Memories, the Andy Nunes-trained pair of Cinnamon Jane and Lady Quill and the Jonathan Simpson-trained pair of GraemeHill and Little Man Arran.

Captain Sully and Intrepid Dancer — trained by Liz Deane — won their last race and will most likely be in the mix-up in the run for the finish line, while Cinnamon Jane, Lady Quill and Indanger are all capable of making a race for it. (TE)

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