Fleurette the one to beat
The Suzanne Miller-owned smart three-year-old filly Fleurette heads a small field of six in Saturday’s Grandstand Posse And Bubba’s Sports Bar Trial going 1570 meters.
Fleurette won her most recent start on January 14 in the Michael Parravicino Memorial Breeders Stakes And Trophy defeating the useful colt Zip Code. The Victor Cheeseman-trained animal will be looking for two stakes in a row, but standing in her way could be the talented 3-year-old colt Black Rock. Black Rock, owned by Suzanne’s husband Luther G Miller III and trained by Jonathan Simpson is coming off a second place finish on January 14 going the sprint trip of 1100 meters.
Black Rock’s last win on Boxing Day saw him come from an unbelievable 20 lengths in last position before snatching the lead and getting home by three and a quarter lengths from Zip Code in the Boxing Day Nursery Trophy. This will be the first time that the colts and fillies will be racing together as they were separate races for the different sexes last year.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY trainer Victor Cheeseman said he would be looking for back-to-back wins in this race after winning with Northern Star last year. The champion trainer for the last four years, Cheeseman spoke highly about Fleurette. “Any time you have a filly with this much talent and hype around it, you have to enjoy it.”
Horse number 4, Butterfly, trained by Edward Walcott Jr. and owned by Gay Smith, is coming off a fourth place finish in the Michael Parravicino Memorial Breeders Stakes And Trophy. Before that effort he had defeated Zip Code on December 17 in the Santa Clause Allotted Weights race. One notable absentee will be Zip Code who has had five starts and five second-placed finishes.
Horse number 9 De Girlz Dem Sugar from the Robert Peirce stable, has three starts to date breaking his maiden in his last start on January 2. This improving colt who had ran 10th of 12 on November 19 then to return to finish 4th on December 17 to Butterfly, could be one to watch. De Girls Dem Sugar will be ridden by young improving apprentice Delano Lopez .
Horse number 2 Celebrity Star is returning from a bit of a lay-off, having not raced since December 26. The sister to 2016 Derby winner Northern Star is yet to break her maiden. Rounding off the field will be Mascara from the Gay Smith stable. Mascara had broken her maiden on January 14 and will be looking to upset the top heavy-hitters Fleurette and Black Rock, the only stakes- winning animals in the field.
The Grandstand Posse And Bubba’s Sports Bar Trial will be raced at 4.35 p.m.
Race number 7, the Grandstand Posse Blue Sails Trophy going 1570 meters, looks like a mini Gold Cup. With some of the 2017 Sandy Lane contenders entered, this could be a very exciting race and one not to be missed. Horse number 7 Daunting David who finished fourth in the Gold Cup prep race the Coolmore Stakes on Errol Barrow Day, should be favourite among punters.
Indiano jones who had ran sixth in the Coolmore, looks much fitter after a month lay-off and could be the one to spoil Daunting David’s chances. The speedy Ninepointsixnine who was named after Usain Bolt’s 9.69 world record in the 100m, will be looking to make an upset once again.
Ninepointsixnine had upset favourite Northern Star on January 2 in the Happy New Year Trophy going 10 furlongs. With his early rocket speed the six-year-old gelding will be one to watch. Horse number 4 Knight Rider who had made a return to races on January 14 having not raced since 2015, will be back again. In that January 14 effort over the sprint trip of 1100 meters he had placed fifth of six horses but looks much fitter this time around. Bandit, Janak’s Gold and Marcus Antonius who had not raced since last year’s Sandy Lane Gold Cup round off the field.
Post time for the first race Saturday is 1 p.m. My selection for the feature race the Grandstand Posse Trial are Fleurette, Black Rock, Butterfly and De Girlz Dem Sugar in that order.