Oberoi wins Pinnacle Feeds Midsummer Classic
The Melrose Racing-owned Oberoi, who is by Rocamadour out of Leave It To Me, yesterday won the Pinnacle Feeds Midsummer Creole Classic (GR.!R.-Bar) for West Indian Bred three-year-olds, going 1800 metres, at the Garrison Savannah – the 14th day of the Barbados Turf Club’s 2017 racing season.
As starter Mark Batson sent them on their way it was Fleureete who took the early lead from Oberoi and the improving Legion.
Passing the stands for the first time, it was Fleurette, with Legion and Oberoi in close contention.
Midway up the back stretch it was the Philip Moseley and Leron Gibbs-owned, Legion, trained by Victor Cheeseman, with Anderson Trotman aboard, that picked up the running from Fleurette.
Turning for home, Rasheed Hughes, on the Robert Peirce-trained Oberoi, bred by Peter Odle, seemed to put in another gear and went on to win from Legion. Third was D’Girlz Dem Sugar, also trained by Peirce, with Jalon Samuel in the saddle; while the Victor Syndicate- owned, Javalier, also trained by Peirce, with Antonio Perch in the saddle finished fourth.
The supporting feature – the Pinnacle Feeds Areutalkintome Trophy Handicap, for three-year-olds and older rated 121 and below, going 1570 metres – was won by the Daniel & Martin Raizman-owned Infrared, trained by Richard Deane and well ridden by Rasheed Hughes, who took both feature races.
Hughes was the jockey of the day, landing three wins, while Ricky Walcott won two races.
Robert Peirce was the trainer of the day, saddling two winners, including the day’s feature race, where his charges finished first, third and fourth.
Racing continues next Saturday, July 1.