“When I reach by the three furlongs, the last three furlongs, I seh I had them.”
Those were the words of the Guyana Cup winning Jockey Collin Ross, who spoke of his run during Sunday’s feature one-mile event.
The Marquee race that returned horse racing to Guyana after a hiatus due to COVID saw thousands turn out to the Rising Sun Turf Club to witness the 14th running of the event.
“Just get a good break, position yourself, pick the track, and you’re good to go,” was how Ross, Champion Jockey of the day, recounted his game plan.
From the get-go, the event was always lining up to be a firecracker, and when the race broke, it was a good fight between the front runners.
However, when it came down to the home stretch, Alado was untouchable in the Banks DIH sponsored event, Owner Nasrudeen Mohamed Jnr contending that there was a lot of hard work done in the last two months.
“I’m glad that we won this event, we’ve been training very hard for this class, and I just want to thank everyone that backed me.”
Alado finished ahead of the Jagdeo Racing stables duo of Wild Texas Tom and Our Stewie
The first race of the day, the Air Services Limited J3 Non-Starter and L Class Classic (1100m), saw Face D’ Fire (Azad Hussain) coming in ahead of Cash N Carry (Cecil Evans) and Foreign Link (Dexter Miles) while the G3 and Lower class over 1400m was sponsored by Forrester’s Lumber Yard and saw Unsettled (Jumbo Jet Racing Stable) winning ahead of It’s My Choice (G. Singh) and Goldon D’or (Zahir Khan).
The J’s Guyana J1 and Lower class over (1400m) was won by Perfect Dream (Deleep Esreepersaud), Ebony Prince (Belwin Anderson), and Trump (J Daveanand), while the two-year-old Guyana Bred horses over 1100m and sponsored by Secure Innovations and Concepts Inc was picked up by Double Jet (Jumbo Jet Racing Stables) ahead of GT Boss (Unstoppable Racing Stable) and Legacy (Denzil Lewis).
The J3 Non-Starter and L Class Classic sponsored by East Cell Tech over 1100m was won by Red Star (Shamsundar) ahead of Perfect Storm (J. Chandilall) and Catholic Boy (Stefan Kanaya).
The VALS construction sponsored E1 and Lower classes event over 1100m, Early Bird of the R&R Syndicate racing stable crossed the line first after a surge ahead of Converter of Slingerz Racing Stable and Looking To Heaven of the Jumbo Jet racing stable.
The Associated Construction one-mile class for three-year-old horses was picked up by Colour of Sacrifice, owned and trained by Shaun Mohamed, ahead of Like A Million (Jumbo Jet Racing Stable) and Amazing Grace (PHVH Racing Stable).