Northern Star to show pedigree

The 2016 horse of the year Northern Star heads a field of five for tomorrow’s Barbados Thoroughbred Breeders Association Breeders Sprint in memory of Francis Cozier. The $20 000, 1100 meter sprint contest will also have nominations totalling $5,652.00.

The Victor Cheeseman-owned and trained chestnut colt has an impressive record winning ten races from 14 starts from seven furlongs to 11 furlongs. However, he has not won at tomorrow’s trip which he has only contested once, that being his time start on November 21, 2015, when he finished fourth.

Northern Star tipped to shine tomorrow.

If the speedy colt wins tomorrow he will follow in the footsteps of his stable mate Sirius Black, last year’s Breeders Sprint champion who has won at all the distances he has contested. Northern Star will take the joint top weight of 132 pounds and will have Jalon Samuel astride. Samuel has won three of four times on the classy animal and knows him well. The 2016 Massy United Derby champion will be running out of gate 1 from which he won his last race drawn 1.

The 2016 champion seven-year-old mare Nekitta will also feature. She ran second to Northern Star in their only encounter on November 19 last year in the Bryden Stokes Limited Breeders Classic going the longer trip of 1800 meters. The classy mare has won at Saturday’s distance in the past and this could be in her favour. Ricky Walcott will have the riding assignment on Nekitta once again. She will take 127 pounds and has drawn gate 2.

Horse number 5 Poetry In Motion, the second entry from the Victor Cheeseman barn, has been in great form this year winning four races and being denied a hat-trick in her last start. She could be the danger horse. The four-year-old filly, a half sister to 2015 Derby winner Poetic Licence, had stopped local crack sprinter Pay As You Go and imported three-year-old filly Celestial Storm from taking hat-tricks on April 1 in The Right Excellent Bussa Handicap going 1100 meters. Poetry In Motion will take 127 pounds and will have Rasheed Hughes in the saddle. Knight Rider and Vapour Trail round off the five-horse field. 

Post time for the Barbados Breeders Association Breeders Sprint will be 4.50 p.m.

Race 4 the Kabul Handicap will be run at 1800 meters and is named after a great creole who had won the Breeders Sprint three successive occasions. Originally an eight-horse race, there were two withdrawals in the inform Banja and Voldemort. Horse number 2 Spartacus looks like the one to beat, winning last time out on July 15 going 1800 meters. He defeated Princess Tiana who has not taken entry this time and the third place Donicodidit who he will face again tomorrow.

His main challenge will surely be four-year-old filly Stolen who defeated him when they last clashed on June 10 in the St Ann’s Handicap going 1800 meters. In that encounter, Stolen was given four pounds by Spartacus who took 114 pounds. Tomorrow will see the two take level weights with Stolen down to take 131 pounds but a seven-pound claim from apprentice N Austin will see the two take level weights for an exciting clash. Spartacus will have jockey Anderson Trotman in the saddle.

Leading imported three-year-old USA-bred filly Celestial Storm will be tackling the older horses for the second time in her career. The daughter of Get Stormy had placed third to the older horses Poetry In Motion and Pay As You Go on April 1, 2017, in the Bussa Handicap going the short trip of 1100 meters and taking 125 pounds. However, she has been handicapped by the Barbados Turf Club at 115 pounds and could be a danger. Donicodidit, Won Grand and Refire round off the field. The Kabul Handicap will run off at 3.45 p.m.

Post time for Saturday’s seven-race card is 2.15 p.m.

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