January 26 is now the confirmed date of the Kennard Memorial Turf Club (KMTC) grand horse meet which was initially scheduled to be run off on Boxing Day at the club’s track at Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne, Berbice.
After the organisers announced that the meet was postponed due to the inclement weather, they had proposed January 19 as the new date.
They have now agreed to host the event one week later at the same venue.
The fixture has been a traditional event on the racing calendar over the years and this year’s meet was touted as the ‘biggest’ in recent years.
When the event is eventually staged, in excess of $9m in stakes and prizes will be up for grabs on the eight-race card.
The feature A and Lower, One mile event will see the top steed owner pocketing $1.5M.
In the co-feature Three Year-Old Guyana and West Indian Bred race, the first horse will take home $600,000 for its owner.
Other races for the Boxing Day meet include the D3 Maiden and E Lower ($600,000), G1 and Lower ($400,000), Two-Year-Old Guyana and West Indian Bred ($400,000), I and Lower ($250,000), the J1 and Lower ($200,000) and the J3 and K ($150,000).
International jockeys will be coming in from Barbados, Jamaica, Canada and other countries to participate in the meet and more horses are expected to compete in the races this year.