Derby winners T&T bound
Voldemort and Poetic Licence set to race end of the month
The last two Massy United Insurance Derby winners are set to make an impact in Trinidad and Tobago.
Bills Inc., a partnership of George Elias, Philip Moseley and Geoffrey Bynoe, with the help of sponsors Massy United Insurance, will send 2014 Massy United Insurance Barbados Derby winner Voldemort and 2015 winner Poetic Licence to race on the Massy Independence Day card at Santa Rosa Park in Arima.
Voldemort will contest the feature race, The Grade 1 Independence Cup, over 1800m on turf and Poetic Licence races in the supporting feature, The Grade 2 Gleneagle Fillies Guineas over 1750m on the main track.
Both Derby winners are under the care and guidance of champion trainer, Victor Cheeseman and Canadian-based top jockey Patrick Husbands has been contracted to ride both horses on the August 31 Massy Independence Day.
“Voldemort has been training in the anticlockwise direction to get accustomed to what happens in Trinidad and I expect good things from him,” said Cheeseman.
“The turf in Trinidad is a bit coarse but Voldemort is a champion and the competition he faces will bring out the best in him, so it will be an exciting time,” explained Cheeseman, who will be making the trip to Trinidad as well.
Poetic Licence who won the Massy United Derby this year takes on the top 3-year-old fillies in Trinidad over 1750 metres on the main track. It will be her first race on dirt and this is expected to serve her well as she stays on in Trinidad to contest the 2015 Trinidad Derby over 2000m on dirt on September 24 –– Republic Day.
“She tends to like the sand track. She has been training anticlockwise too and she will be getting a little more exposure to the conditions there, so I am not worried about her expected performance at all,” said Cheeseman.
Meanwhile, partner in Bills Inc., Geoffrey Bynoe, who will be accompanying the animals to Trinidad, expressed his excitement about the prospects of his two horses.
“Very excited for both of them. Any rivalry between Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago is always very spirited and I think fans will be in for a treat when they see them competing. We believe Poetic Licence will be fine going left-handed and on dirt. Her running style suggests that, so we are very hopeful of good results from her two races. We are hoping for some rain for Voldemort. While he may appear to be overmatched in the Independence Cup, he appreciates softer turf and if we get his ideal conditions, I believe that he will be dangerous and have an outstanding chance,” he said.
Massy United Insurance has been extremely instrumental in assisting with the transportation of the horses to Trinidad and Tobago and senior marketing specialist Karen Richards said it was part of their commitment to the development of the sport in Barbados and Trinidad.
“We have witnessed how well these animals have done here in Barbados and we are happy to help in providing the opportunity for them to run overseas,” said Richards.