Jean Marc Cozier’s Stolen heads a field of six animals for the Lewis Corbin Memorial Handicap for the 110 to 82 rated horses going 1570 meters tomorrow, the sixth day of the Barbados Turf Club’s first racing season.
Stolen who was defeated by top-class creole Northern Star in her last three starts will have the benefit of not having to run with the now unique record-holder. Northern Star has equalled the record for the most consecutive wins in a row by a horse in Barbados which are eight when he won the Tanglewood Stakes on Gold Cup Day. The son of Carpe Diem has now equalled the record of Dilemma who set the record in 1972 and Incitatus who also equalled that feat in 1996 when he won the Derby.
Stolen had placed second to Northern Star on November 25 in the Super Lotto Breeders Classic going 1800 meters before finishing fourth to the Victor Cheeseman- owned and trained Derby winner on December 9 in the Sale Graduates Champion Stakes going 1570 meters. The Zwick-Bossa Nova five-year-old mare put up a fight in the Tanglewood Stakes and Trophy last race day going 2000 meters but went down again to the 2016 horse of the year. Stolen has drawn gate number 1 and is the second highest rated horse in the race at 100. Stolen won on April 17, 2017, in the Hi Girl Handicap defeating Refire who she will face again on Saturday. Apprentice Dario Croney will ride Stolen and will claim seven pounds taking her down to 113.
Horse number six the four-year-old USA-imported filly Won Grand fresh from finishing fifth in the 2018 Sandy Lane Gold Cup could be the one to give Stolen an epic battle to the finish line.
Won Grand last had triumphed on Boxing Day 2017 in the Diamonds international\Piaget Handicap going 1800 meters defeating Voldemort into third and Refire into fourth who she will face on Saturday.
The Jonathan Simpson’s Won Grand will take 110 pounds in the Lewis Corbin Memorial Handicap. Lester Edwards has the ride once again.
Refire the only horse in the race to score in its last start when he defeated Won Grand into second place and Voldemort into fourth in the Palm Beach Condominium on February 3 going 1800 meters. Refire had stopped Won Grand from winning a hat-trick when they last met on February 3 and will be looking to lower her colours once again tomorrow. Refire will take level weights with his archrival Won Grand at 110 pounds. 2016 champion jockey Rasheed Hughes will ride once again and will be running out of gate 4.
Horse number 3 Janak’s Gold the second entry for trainer Jonathan Simpson is the highest rated horse at 108 and ran a disappointing race last race day in the Tanglewood Stakes And Trophy finishing 10 of 12 horses. The eight-year-old chestnut had last won on April 17 in the Street Vendor Handicap going Saturday’s trip of 1570 meters defeating top rated horses such as Infrared who placed second and double Gold Cup winner Dorsett. In the Street Vendor Janak’s Gold took 107 but will take the top weight of 128 tomorrow. This year’s Gold Cup-winning jockey Jalon Samuel will be astride Janak’s Gold.
2014 Massy United Derby winner Voldemort which last ran in the Tanglewood Stakes when he finished seventh, will have 2017 champion apprentice Jarrelle Beckles in the saddle. The Bill Inc.-owned gelding placed third to Won Grand on Boxing Day in the Diamonds international\Piaget handicap and then went on to finish fourth to Refire and Won Grand in that order respectively in the Palm Beach Condominium race.
Rounding off the field is horse number two Campaigner’s Gold – a second entry for trainer Jean-Marc Cozier. The chestnut gelding by USA stallion Congrats had his first race in Barbados on Sandy Lane Gold Cup day finishing sixth out of the eight runners. Rickey Walcott will ride once again and take 111 pounds.
The Lewis Corbin Memorial will run off at 4. 30 p.m. and is race six on the eight-race card and carries a purse of $16 000. Post time for the first race tomorrow is 1.30 p.m.