The 2022 Edition of the Guyana Cup will mark a transitional period for horse racing locally, where accountability and transparency will become hallmarks.
This view was expressed on Sunday last when the 14th edition of the premier horse race meet was launched at the Pegasus Suites and Conference Centre.
Speaking at the Launch, Head of the Jumbo Jet Thoroughbred Racing Committee Nasrudeen Mohamed Jnr contended that this sentiment was evident as the post was drawn for the feature and undercard events.
He said, “This event will mark the seamless transition to change the pace of horse racing in Guyana.”
The feature race, the Banks DIH Guyana Cup over one mile (1600M), will go for a purse of USD$35,880 was one of the three races where the post was drawn in the following order (Draw 1-11): Calibouge Sound (Slingerz Racing Stable), Everesting (Master Z racing Stable), Alado (Master Z racing Stable), Memories (Shaun Mohamed), Jessica’s Pride (Night Eyes Racing Stable), Detroit Steel (Simply Royal Racing Stable), Queen Domina (Slingerz Racing Stable), Our Stuie (Jagdeo Racing Stable), Settling Star (Asif Kahdeer), Vera’s Finally (Jumbo Jet Racing Stable), Wild Texas Tom (Jagdeo Racing Stable).
The undercards were also drawn with the VALS construction Sprint Classic over 1100m for USD 10,765, seeing Looking to Heaven (Jumbo Jet Racing Stable) in the first post ahead of Lady Bird (Ephramins’s Thoroughbred), Early Bird (R&R Syndicate), Signal Note (Rising Sun Stables), Nuclear Fire ( Jadgeo Racing Stable), Regal Intention (Jumbo Jet Racing Stable) and Converter (Slingerz Racing stable).
The Associated Construction Services Derby Stakes One Mile (1600M) for a purse of US$17,940 saw Like a Million (Jumbo Jet Racing Stables) in post one ahead of Irish Princess (N Dookie), Glamorous Star (A Rampersad), Amazing Grace (PHVH) racing Stable, Black Time (Shocking Racing Stable), Heartland (Bronson Cheefoon), Judge Not (Martin Pestano) and Color of Sacrifice (Shaun Mohamed).
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Charles Ramson Jnr contended that the government’s support for horse racing is a testament to its push to have proper legislation.
Banks DIH Limited, sponsors of the feature event, conveyed through Troy Peters, Communication Manager of Banks DIH, said, “We add very happy with the growth it has made, and we continue to offer the assistance to see horse racing develop and match other events across the world.”
Another of the event’s major sponsors, VALs Construction, through their representative Irshad Mohamed said, “Very pleased to be a part of the 14th running of the Guyana Cup. We look forward to continuing to work with the Guyana cup committee for future events.”
Sunday’s race is set for noon at the Rising Sun Turf Club.