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T&T's Bulletproof hunts B'dos Derby

Published:Saturday | July 25, 2015 | 7:00 AM

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):

Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados will renew their long-running rivalry, when the island's best native-breds take on Trinidadian contender, Bulletproof, in the 2015 Massy United Insurance Barbados Derby here today.

The bay-colt, trained by Harriram 'Pepsi' Gobin, arrived in Barbados on Thursday and was taken for a workout yesterday as part of his final preparation for the Derby event which carries a first prize of BDS$64,000 (US$32,000).

Horses in Trinidad usually run in an anti-clockwise direction, which is opposite to how races at the Garrison are contested, but the trainer does not anticipate that this would be a major issue for his horse as they had been doing clockwise work-outs over the past 10 days.

"We did a lot of work back home in preparation for the Barbados Derby and we are ready. Bulletproof is a turf horse and he is handling the turns and the clockwise running very well," said Gobin.

Gobin said Bulletproof was second in the recent Chief Commander Stakes in Port-of-Spain, which was a turf event.

Decision made

"After that performance, we had no hesitation in bringing him to the Barbados Derby. It should be a very good contest," he said.

Barbados' top riders and trainers have declared themselves fit and ready to defend their turf and keep the big Derby purse at home.

Winner of the Barbados Guineas, Poetic Licence, and winner of the Mid-Summer Classic, Donicodidit, are the two hot favourites for the Derby race which will be run over 10 furlongs and constitutes the third event in the annual Triple Crown of races.

Champion trainer Victor Cheeseman, trainer of Poetic Licence, and Robert Peirce, trainer of Donicodidit, both said their charges were in top shape and rearing to go, in the Grade 1 event that will determine the island's best native-bred for 2015.

Thousands are expected to flock to the Garrison Savannah where full Derby day celebrations for the whole family are being organised by sponsors Massy United Insurance.