Sirius Black the one to watch
The Harmony General Insurance Breeders Sprint in memory of past Barbados Turf Club president Francis Cozier, headlines Saturday’s anticipated action-packed programme at the Garrison Savannah.
It will be Harmony General Insurance’s second year sponsoring this race having done so last year.
Sirius Black, the 2015 leading creole and horse of the year, will be defending his Breeders sprint win from last year. His worst outing for 2016 was a fourth place against the top class horses on May 28 in the Aston Martin Handicap. But he had a strong second place finish last race day on Massy United Derby day in the T. A Tommy Peirce Handicap with a second place to Lucky Adventure. Sirius Black is drawn in Gate 1 and will be ridden by ace jockey Jalon Samuel
Sirius Black, who won the Tanglewood Stakes on Sandy Lane Gold CupDay this year, will carry 132 pounds. Lavani, who had placed second to Sirius Black in the 2015 edition of the Harmony General sprint is back from a long lay-off having not raced for 96 days. The five-year-old mare from the Boston John barn will take 127 pounds from Gate 5 and will be flying in the end.
The 2015 Massy United Derby winner Poetic Licence is entered and this will be her second start for 2016. The chestnut daughter of Kit Fisto looks much fitter and connections are confident she will run a good race. Shane Collymore will be aboard the talented runner who will take 127 pounds.
The exciting sprinter Markos who narrowly won the 2014 breeders sprint over The Price Is Right is drawn on the outside in number 6 in the six-horse field. The speedy creole has not been showing his true form to date but once fully fit will be hard to peg back.
Run For Your Money, trained by golden boy Robert Peirce, had a decent third last race day in the Massy United Insurance West Mall Trophy to Forsaken One. The 2014 second place finisher to Vitality in the Spa Sprint Grade 1, the sprinting supremacy event of Barbados, has been consistent in his last three starts placing third, second and fourth.
Vitality rounds off the six-horse field sprint showdown. The eight-year-old son of Zwick who became the second creole to win the Spa Sprint in 2014 and the second offspring of his sire to win that race, can spring a surprise on the day .
The Kabul Trophy named after top creole horse Kabul who won 18 races and the only horse in history to win a hat-trick of Breeders sprints, is the highest rated race on the card for the 100 to 82 rated horses going nine furlongs. Infrared is by far the one to beat having won his first four races for 2016.
Rasheed Hughes, the leading rider in Barbados this year, and who rode out his apprentice claim last race day, will ride the three-year-old son of Discreetly Mine and will take 119 pounds.
Snow Storm, one of the three Anderson Ward-trained horses in the race and the only horse to defeat Infrared this year, is back at the trip she had won over Infrared. She could produce a shocker and will have 119 pounds. Infrared got back revenge on July 23 going 7.8 furlongs when the pair last met in the Season Of Emancipation Handicap. Snow Storm had finished fourth in the six-horse field then.
Nekitta, the 2013 Barbados Guineas winner and Midsummer Classic winner taking two legs off the triple crown that year, is the highest rated horse in the race at 98 and will take the top weight of 128 pounds. She had last ran fourth on July 9 in the Saleh And Khatija Mohammed Memoria lHandicap going 11 furlongs off a long lay off. Donicodidit, the 2015 Midsummer Classic winner who stopped Poetic Licence from winning the triple crown, had placed fifth to Infared in the Season of Emancipation Handicap .
Donicodidit will take 118 pounds and can produce fireworks on his day. Wheyshewent and Little Man Arran round off the field.
My top four for the Harmony General Breeders Sprint are Sirius Black, Lavani, Poetic Licence and Run For Your Money.
Post time for the eight race card is 2 p.m.