By Kent Layne
Raised in Canada owned by Legends of Racing Syndicate Rising star, returning from Injury, will aim for three consecutive wins in the Boxing Day Trophy Grade 1 event at the Garrison Savannah on Monday.
The Boxing Day Trophy is awarded for race 8 on the 10-race card which will take place at 4:40 p.m. with a purse of $ 35,000, covering 1,570 meters for children three years and older. This is a very exciting six horse field that brings together the best horses in Barbados. Three horses in the peloton won their last starts and the other three placed second, third and fourth respectively. It is very rare to see an entire peloton have classified in their last starts in a Grade 1 race and it shows that a small peloton can still be very competitive.
Trained by Eddie Belle, Rising Star is undefeated for 2021 and posted a formidable flurry from last to first to defeat the winner of the Sandy Lane Gold Cup 2019 Celestial storm on June 18 in The Welcome Back Handicap Trophy at 1570 meters, his first start this year.
The son of the Breeders Cup Classic 2004 winner Ghost Zapper and third place half-brother of the Canadian Sky Classic Looking for Albert, returned to racing on August 14, this time covering 1,800 meters in a carbon copy style of his previous victory, traveling from last to first while passing the pace makers. Ground and Aviator Trini. He widened a monstrous 12 1 4 gap and again put Celestial Storm in second place.
But there was drama after the race went as Rising Star threw jockey Rasheed Hughes to the ground and galloped off over the railings in front of George Washington House. This resulted in a large gash on Rising Star’s leg, with many believing he would not be seen racing for the remainder of 2021. But the good work of vet Dr Jonathan White proved these dubious Thomases wrong because he made some very good shots at the morning gallops in preparation. for tomorrow’s race card. Rising Star will be ridden by his regular partner Hughes and will carry 128 Ib out of Gate 1.
Terrain, a four-year-old colt owned by Martin and Dan Raizman, imported from the United States, will seek revenge on Rising Star as he finished third behind him on August 14, the last time he was defeated. . Since Rising Star’s absence, Terrain has been in the spotlight, defeating Celestial Storm with a header on September 18 from 1,570 yards away.
Terrain won its first major race on October 30, the T. A Tommy Peirce Memorial going in 1570 while doing the entire race. He held Trini Aviator in second place, Gandalf third and the 2019 Gold Cup winner fourth in a near-record time of 133.4. The animal trained by Richard Deane will have Rickey Walcott on the saddle carrying 128 Ib out of gate 6.
Fourth-placed horse in the 2020 Sandy Lane Gold Cup, Trini Aviator, is one of the beasts on the field to have two wins in his last three starts and could come as a surprise.
Owned by Terry Inniss and Dwight Hunte, Trini Aviator overtook Terrain on August 7 to win his first race since arriving from Trinidad.
Conditioned by Rommel Lovell, he finished fourth in Rising Star on August 14, then victorious on September 4 over 1100 meters, before completing an exceptional race to be a Field finalist at the T. A Tommy Peirce Memorial.
Trini Aviator, who is making a name for himself as a useful sprinter, was in the 1,100-meter winner’s circle again on November 27. Trini Aviator will have N’Rico Prescod in the saddle and carry 128 Ibs from gate 3.
2018 Barbados Derby winner Gandalf, who won the Boxing Day Feature the same year against Celestial Storm, became the fourth Derby winner to win the event at the age of three years later. Don Juan in 1987, Areutlkintome In 2009 and Night runner in 2013.
Celestial Storm won Boxing Day 2019 and although the two titans haven’t gained 1,570 meters since their Boxing Day triumphs, they will continue to generate interest tomorrow.
Owned by Bills Inc. and trained by Victor Cheeseman, Gandalf went winless in 2019, then rebounded last year to win the Tanglewood Stakes at 2,000 yards for locally bred horses, as well as the Kingly Street Handicap on top horses. top rated going 1100 meters.
Gandalf has won twice this year when he won the Breeders Classic over 1,800 meters on August 28, and then again on September 21 in a 1,100-meter course. Antonio Whitehall has the reins of Gandalf carrying 128 pounds out of Gate 2.
My selections: Rising Star, Terrain, Trini Aviator, Gandalf.