Home Sports Registration closes today for KMTC’s Pre-Independence meet
The initial closing date for registration for the Pre-Independence Horse Race Meet was last Sunday, but organisers, exercising leniency, have brought forward the closing date to today.
Meet Organiser Justice Cecil Kennard had previously taken a firm stand against granting an extension of the closing date, but the inclement weather that assailed Berbice over the past few weeks — which prevented horse owners from properly testing their animals’ readiness — influenced him to grant a closing date extension as an act of goodwill.
Justice Kennard explained this to Guyana Times Sport on Tuesday, and also said that, over the last few days, there has been significant improvement in the weather.
To date, 50 horses have entered to compete in Sunday’s Pre-Independence Meet, to be held at the Kennard Memorial Turf Club (KMTC) at Bush Lot Farm on the Corentyne.
The seven-card meet is expected to feature the usual crowd attractions, such as T&T, who won its last two starts in the H & Lower Class; Midnight Blue; Red Jet; MerryAnn, and Miss Olympic.
With registration ranging from $11,000 to $28,000 per horse, depending on class, the big prize of the day will come in the H & Lower race which has a top prize of $240,000. The J1 & Lower race has a prize of $160,000.
The rules of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority will be used to govern the action.