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The 2015 NGC CNG Trinidad Derby which will
be run off tomorrow at Santa Rosa Park in Arima
is sure to attract turfites and the casual fan from
throughout T&T and possibly Jamaica and Bar-
bados, who both field representatives.
There is also the Derek Cozier Memorial Classic
which is open to West Indian bred three-year-olds
over a distance of 1,200 metres.
It was somewhat surprising to see this race sched-
uled for the same day as the Derby but it reflects
the recognition by race organisers and connections
of quality three year olds that their charges did not
have the stamina for the big race itself.
It was also an opportunity for some of these ani-
mals since the Derby does remove some would-be
contenders from the fray.
The line up for the Derek Cozier
Memorial is as follows:
Princess Britney N Samaroo 51.5; Faith R Ali 54.5;
Hail The Chief K Khelawan 54.5; Turn Me Loose N
Abrego 57; Eatmydust S Rodrigo 54.5; Mikeisback R
Walcott 54.5; Swept Away W Galviz 54.5;
Beterlatethannever E Trujillo 54.5; US Marshall J
Boodramsing 57; Blue Oracle P Badrie 57; Delightful
R Angnoo 51.5; Serengeti B Boodramsing 51.5.
This is a very competitive and open race with
the stand out horses being Swept Away and Blue
Oracle. There is a lot of early speed (Hail the Chief,
Turn Me Loose, Delightful, Serengeti) which could
set it up for stalkers (Beterlatethennever, Faith or
It should be a fascinating race that is decided in
the final 100 metres as there are really only a couple
that can be ruled out with confidence (Princess
Britney and Eatmydust).
The NGC Diamond Stakes will be run over 1350
metres for the Imported and West Indian bred three
year old and over horses.
The field comprises:
Holy Man P Badrie 55; Nominee D Khelawan 55;
Coroneo E Trujillo 51; Control Unit W Galviz 51;
Princess Popstar B Boodramsing 47; Bigman In
Town N Abrego 57; Thisonesforron S Ellis 57.
Predictably, the Diamond Stakes is not compet-
itive. Turfites will have the pleasure of seeing the
best horses in the country race but there is a chasm
between Bigman in Town and the others, with the
possible exception of Princess Popstar. This filly
has rebounded to her best form in her comeback
races and is still improving. It will be very interesting
to see if she can take the fight to Bigman in Town
who seemed almost vulnerable, two starts back,
when narrowly getting the better of Transpire.
The field for the NGC CNG Trinidad Derby to be
run over 2000 metres for the West Indian bred
three year olds is as follows:
War Maker N Abrego 57; Criminal Intent K
Khelawan 57; Kronus S Ellis 57; Cloud Nine S Muir
54; Royal Pioneer L Ramos 57; Risky Trial R Ali 57;
Legal Adviser W Galviz 57; Star Sapphire O Walker
54; Charismatic Groom E Trujillo 57; Man To Come
N Samaroo 57; Bergeron Boy P Barie 57; Morning
Calm N Mohammed 57; Poetic Licence R Walcott
This is probably the most open Derby since Free
Passage won three or four years ago. There is no
colt or filly in the race for which an overwhelming
argument can be made.
The horse with the best profile is Bergeron Boy
since he did have a valid excuse when his saddle
slipped in the Breeders Classic. His negative would
be his breeding (son of Settle Up) but he has out-
performed that so far.
The openness of the race does engender the
intrigue and most connections will go to Arima
tomorrow believing that their horse has some sort
The race could come down to riding tactics
and that may explain why some connections
have gone for overseas based riders.
Poetic License and Star Sapphire are likely
to want to be close to the early lead and
that could compromise Bergeron Boy who
has a distinct preference for the lead.
Criminal Intent would have preferred a
slow early pace so that if the decision is to
remain close to the lead, he may use up too
much of his suspect stamina.
Man to Come has good tactical speed and
could benefit from a cutthroat battle at the
front end and he has displayed a nice turn
of foot that could see him outspeed the likes
of War Maker and Cloud Nine in the closing
stages. Legal Adviser, Charismatic Groom
and Risky Trial have to improve on what
they have shown so far but not by very much
to be competitive.
Morning Calm and Royal Pioneer will
undoubtedly be ridden to pick up any pieces
at the end.
Kronus is unknown but has not looked
special in Jamaica. All in all, a fascinating
race is in prospect.
Andre E Baptiste
Fascinating Derby Day in the making
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