Fleurette proves her worth
Trainer Victor Cheeseman has kept saying Fleurette is one of the best creole three-year-old fillies he has ever trained.
And as if to prove him right, Fleurette made it two wins in a row for the year when she made all the running in the Grandstand Posse And Bubba Sports Bar Trial on Saturday at the Garrison Savannah to stay unbeaten for the year.
Sent off as the two to one favourite in the betting, the speedy daughter of Zwick was taken to the lead by jockey Anderson Trotman and was quickly joined by Black Rock with jockey Rickey Walcott astride. Walcott won on Fleurette in her last major win on January 14.
Approaching the three-furlong marker, Fleurette’s jockey was sitting chilly and Black Rock’s Jockey was working hard for all his worth but could not keep up with the top three year old so far this year. Butterfly was circling the field as Black Rock was going the wrong direction to the back of the field. At the finish Fleurette went on to win by five and a quarter lengths, sending a signal that she will be the one for the three-year-old classics. Butterfly held on for second with Celebrity Star running on for third and The Girlz Dem Sugar holding on for fourth.
Cheeseman had ran first and third in the $30 000 event and made it back-to-back years of winning after winning with Northern Star last year. Winning owner Suzanne Miller got bragging rights on her husband Luther G MillerIII when his Black Rock ran a disappointing fifth of sixth starters. Winning jockey Anderson Trotman made it 499 wins in his career in Barbados and just needs eight more wins to join the great Chally Jones as the all-time winning rider. Trotman won three races on the card, including race three on Prince Hector to start the ball rolling; race six on Maussanne; then winning the day’s feature on Fleurette to be the leading rider of the weekend.
Owner Sir David Seale won two races – race three with Prince Hector and race seven with Marcus Antonius. His wife Lady Seale won the last race when jockey Whitehall piloted Sebastian to victory. Trainer Liz Dean won three races on the day to be the most successful trainer.
The ride of the day was Jockey Reshawn Latchman’s effort on Marcus Antonius in race seven. Marcus Antonius who had not raced since last year’s Sandy Lane Gold Gup, fought off his stable mate Daunting David with a strong hand ride from Latchman running on for victory.
Looking at the three-year old classics coming up which will start with the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Guineas in April, Fleurette looks like the early favourite. Black Rock still can’t be ignored from that one bad effort and horses like Miss Megyn who has three wins from four starts and who race fans can’t wait to see going over the trip. Zip Code who has had five starts and five second places could land at any time and the improving Celebrity Star this year will be very exciting.
Racing continues on March 4 with the Sandy Lane Gold Cup.