Northern Star wins the Barbados Derby


By Kent Layne

Trainer Victor Cheeseman entered the record books yesterday when he won his third straight Barbados Derby with Northern Star in exciting fashion at the Garrison Savannah.

Cheeseman equalled the late Val Gale who was the only trainer to have taken a hat-trick of Derby wins from 1951 to 1953. Cheeseman also notched another record in the books as he bred, owns and trains Northern Star.

This has only been previously achieved by Sir John Chandler when he won the Derby with Belledune in 1943.

As starter Mark Batson sent the field away for the oldest classic in the world, it was Kangaroo Jack from the Andrew Nunes’ barn that broke away smartly under jockey Affrie Ward, cutting out the early fractions of 25.4 for two furlongs and 50.2 for the four furlongs. Three furlongs out and Jockey Antonio Bishop got down and started to hand ride Northern Star, the seven to five favourite, and he matched Kangaroo Jack in a fight for home with Northern Star winning the battle.

Bishop celebrated his second Derby win in today’s Massy event after he had previously won the 2013 classic with Knight Rider. And to put the icing on the cake his brother Affrie Ward placed second on Kangaroo Jack at big odds of 25 to 1. It was the first time two brothers as jockeys had finished first and second in the Derby – another record.



Derby-winning jockey Antonio Bishop.

The Derby was ran in a blistering two minutes, eight seconds which was four seconds off the track record. Stolen, a full sister to 2009 Derby winner Areutalkintome, ran third. Banja with Antonio Perch in the saddle finished fourth.


The 8 to 1 shot Daddy’s Wish, a winner of six of nine starts had to be pulled up by jockey Anderson Trotman as her old injury resurfaced and up to publication time no further news was available on her condition from her connections.

The superfecta for the Derby of $4,409.12 will be carried forward to next race day August 20 because there were no winners today. The trifecta on a $1 stake for the top three finishers paid $488.80In the co-feature event the T.A Tommy Peirce Memorial Trophy Condition Race going 7.8 furlongs, it was the young up and coming star Lucky Adventure, a four-year colt by Looking At Lucky, which produced a giant-killing act making all the running in a blistering time of one minute, 33.3 seconds, one second off the track record. Lucky Adventure was ridden by Rasheed Hughes and he had a wonderful day, winning five races on the card. He is no longer an apprentice rider after winning the full 60 races required by an apprentice to ride out one’s apprentice claim.

Hughes, the younger brother of Canada’s champion jockey Chris Husbands, broke Lucky Adventure on top of the highly rated horses Sirius Black and Just A Fashion and never looked back. Sirius Black placed a game second as he did last year in this same race to Lucky Adventure’s stable mate, the now retired Share Adventure. Dorsett, the 2016 Gold Cup winner ran a disappointing sixth of the eight starters. Indiano Jones, the 2015 Ansa McAl Stakes winner ran third and Daunting David finished fourth.

Delano Lopez, son of Simon Husbands and nephew of champion jockey Patrick Husbands, won the apprentices’ race astride Devil’s Khandy.

Derby day had a huge crowd once again who were entertained by the likes of Peter Ram, Mark Lorde and Biggie Irie. The Massy dancers also provided quite a spectacle for the many local and visiting patrons in attendance.

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