The Steve & Allan Madoo owned, three-year-old bay colt, Steven Allan, trained by Robert Peirce and beautifully ridden by Jalon Samuel, won the 66th running of the Barbados Guinea’s (GR. 1R. - Bar) for West Indian Bred three-year-olds, going 1 570 metres.
Leaving the gates quickly, was Poetry In Motion, and Kangaroo Jack, with Banja in close contention.
Passing the stands for the first time the order remained the same but as they were turning the paddock bend to go up the back straight, Kangaroo Jack picked up the running, as Poetry In Motion went a little wide, while Banja went even wider, which sent favourite Norther Star very wide, and which left him with little or no chance of recovering to even hit the board.
Going to the four furlong pole, it was still Kangaroo Jack and Poetry In Motion leading, while the Jean-Marc Cozier, owned and trained, Stolen, with Rasheed Hughes in the saddle, was right with the leaders.
At the three furlong marker, Poetry In Motion, again picked up the running as Kangaroo Jack was dropping away, with Stolen closing in on Poetry In Motion.
As they straightened up for the run home, it was still Poetry In Motion leading, with Stolen breathing down her neck, and Jalon Samuel on the Rhum Inc bred, Steven Allan splitting horses to move into close contention.
With 100 metres to go, it became a battle between Stolen and Steven Allan, and at the wire it was Steven Allan that just got the better of Stolen. Finishing third was the Bill & Hayley Blevins-owned Sadler’s Dream, trained by Jonathan Simpson and ridden by Reshawn Latchman, while Poetry In Motion held on for fourth.
The win gave owners, Steven & Allan Madoo, trainer Robert Peirce and jockey Jalon Samuel their first Barbados Guineas win.
The supporting feature was the Zouk (Handicap) for three-year-olds and older rated 140 and below, sprinting 1 100 meters, this turned out to be very exciting, although only five horses faced the starter.
From the off, the H & M owned Shared Adventure, trained by Boston John and ridden by Jalon Samuel broke first, but Samuel was content to let Just A Fashion take over the lead until turning for home, when he then picked up the lead with Shared Adventure, who saw out his race beautifully to go on to win, from a fast finishing Sirius Black, owned by David Bynoe, Stephen Walcott and Marina Corbin, trained by Victor Cheeseman and ridden by Affrie Ward. The Bill & Hayley Blevins owned Giovedi, trained by Jonathan Simpson and ridden by Reshawn Latchman was third. Just A Fashion held on for fourth.
Of the jockeys, Jalon Samuel won two, which were the days feature race and the supporting feature. Reshawn Latchman also won two races as did Rasheed Hughes.
Trainer Andy Ward, had a hat-trick, saddling the winners of the first three races, while Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Dean saddled two winners.
Racing continues on June 16. (CH)