Gold Cup lands in Barbados
The most coveted and prestigious trophy in Barbados’ horse racing landed at the Grantley Adams International Airport just after 3 p.m. this afternoon.
The Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup was brought into the island via British Airways and the arrival party was greeted by acting Minister of Sports Ronald Jones, Sandy Lane general manager Randall Wilkie and British Airways Captain, Paul Murphy.
Also present at the small welcoming ceremony was the director of the Barbados Turf Club, Lord Michael Taylor who during his address urged the acting sports minister to make night racing a reality in Barbados.
“We at the Barbados Turf Club see our product as a major contributor to the island’s appeal as a premier tourists destination. We want to continue that and therefore urge the minister to support our plans to provide what would be another first in the Caribbean islands and that is night racing,” Taylor said, while adding that they not only wished to provide night time entertainment on a spectacular scale but also wanted to enhance and promote the site in the heart of the heritage area with its many special buildings, historical museum and archives.
The Barbados Turf Club has once again partnered with Sandy Lane for the 34th running of the Gold Cup which attracts persons from across the Caribbean as well as jockeys from the United Kingdom and Canada.
Minster Jones acknowledged Lord Taylor comments about night racing and said it was something which should occupy the Government’s attention.
“We don’t only want the sunlight hours but the hours where artificial electricity is generated to bring even more of what the horse racing fraternity has to bring to historic Bridgetown and its Garrison,” Jones said.
The Gold Cup is on March 7.