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Trainers and jockeys ready for Gold Cup
By Petra Gooding
With just a week to go before the 32nd running of the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup, all the trainers and jockeys are optimistic about each of their chances in the most prestigious race in the Caribbean.
Andrew Nunes, trainer of Apostle and Kendal Moon thinks that this is a wide open race and hopefully the conditions will suit Apostle, who does not like a soft track.
“I think the competition is about the same as last year. Last year the conditions didn’t suit him because he doesn’t like a soft track, so hopefully we would get conditions that would suit him this year. The draw doesn’t seem to bother him, wherever he draws he gets out well enough. He is looking as good as he ever does,” said Nunes.
As for Kendal Moon, Nunes noted that she adapts well to any conditions and should give a good account of herself.
Nunes has given the job to pilot Apostle to Antonio ‘Swagga’ Whitehall, who will be making his Sandy Lane Gold Cup debut. Whitehall has shown that he is more than capable of winning major races and can count the Tanglewoods Stakes and Trophy on Kendal Moon, the Fillies Guineas with Vapour Trail and the Breeders’ Classic with Apostle among his conquests.
“I don’t feel nervous. This is my first Gold Cup and I hope everything goes as planned. It is quite exciting for me and will be quite challenging for me,” said Whitehall.
Trainer Anderson Ward has two entrants in Daga and Show Me The Money in next Saturday’s race and he is glad with the condition both horses are in at the moment. Daga is coming off a big win in the Coolmore Stakes and Trophy a few weeks ago and will be piloted by Kyle Carter.
Show Me The Money was the first horse past the post in the 2011 edition of the race with Jalon Samuel. That year, the pair was disqualified after a review of the tape showed Samuel impeding the progress of Apostle.
Rico Walcott will be in the saddle on Show Me The Money, who has pulled post-position draw No. 1 for the third year in a row. However Ward is not threatened by the thought of his horse being drawn on the rails.
“That is a perfect pick for me; he has got some speed and he will get out handily from there. I wouldn’t ask for a better draw for Show Me The Money,” said Ward.
Trainer Edward Walcott is in charge of Zoom, Erados and Metorite, but he admitted that one of the three will run in the Tanglewoods Stakes and Trophy. Walcott noted that all three horses have been training pretty well in the lead-up to the Gold Cup, but admitted that they had a bit of a scare with Zoom late last year.
“Erados has been doing really well for us over this last year; ran with the top class horses here and proved himself by beating them twice over seven and ten furlongs. So he has a chance at the Gold Cup. Metorite is a little less known, he is Zoom’s half-brother and he has the ability to be up front and close to the horses in the race, so give him a chance and see what happens,” said Walcott.
The post-position draw for the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup, along with the parishes each entrant will represent, is as follows:
1. Show Me The Money – St. Michael
2. Discreetwon – St. James
3. Kendal Moon – St. Joseph
4. Modimo (Reserve 3)
5. Erados – St. Philip
6. Meteorite – Bridgetown
7. Apostle – St. Peter
8. Daga – St. Lucy
9. Giovedi – St. Thomas
10. Just Call Me Roger – St. Andrew
11. Aristodemus – St. John
12. Graeme Hill (Reserve 1)
13. Dancin David – Christ Church
14. Little Man Arran (Reserve 2)
15. Zoom – St. George