Horseracing postponed


Horse racing fans will have to wait a few more weeks before the highly anticipated debut of four new horses including Syrian Soca from the Chief Rocker Stable.

President of the Antigua Turf Club (ATC), Neil Cochrane, confirmed reports of the postponement of the Back to School race meet scheduled for this weekend.

In speaking on the Good Morning JoJo Sports show on Monday, he confirmed that the meet would be postponed due to a low number of entries.

“Well we have to make sure the product is of a particular standard and the persons in charge of registration would have advised me on Saturday afternoon that the registration is not looking great and we would not have a marketable race card for this upcoming Sunday.”

The trainer of Syrian Soca, one of the new horses to debut hailing from Chief Rockers Stable, indicated after speaking with various owners and trainers that a new date has been looked at, but not confirmed.

“We spoke to the owners and trainers in terms of their indication as to which timeline would help them to have the horses prepared, and it’s looking more like the 30th., but we will definitely confirm.”

He also added that the added weeks helps the horses prepare, especially the new horses in their acclimatisation to the new atmosphere.

The First Crown’s and God’s Grace stables are expected to debut new horses when the race day eventually comes around.

The Back to School meet will follow on the heels of the Carnival Race Meet that saw the turf club, for the first time in its history, host races on a Saturday at the Cassada Gardens Race track.

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