The second half of the horse race calendar is off to a busy start with the Norman Singh Memorial Turf Club (NSMTC) at Silver Park No. 6, West Coast Berbice hosting its first race meet for the year on July 18 from 13:00 hours.
There will be four feature events with the C class 1,400m event fetching a hefty first place purse of $450,000 for some of the country’s top horses.
The C and lower, the three-year-old open, the two-year-old event and the F Class are the other feature races on the card.
The horses that are classified in the G and H class also have a top billing for that day. The three-year-old race for horses bred and born in Guyana and the West Indies has a winner’s purse of $330,000 over a distance of 1,600m.
In the two-year-old category, which will feature horses that were bred and born in Guyana and the West Indies, the gallop will be over a distance of 1,000m for $250,000. The F class event will be contested over 1,200m with the winner taking away $240,000.
The winner of the G and H class contest, which will run for 1,200m, will take away $200,000 while in the I and J and lower race, which is another 1,200m affair, the winner is expected to receive $140,000.
A race for I3 maiden non-winners is also carded for the day with a top prize of $130,000, over a distance of 1,100m.
According to information coming from organizer Ghansham Singh, the track has been upgraded and race fans will be able to witness the races “in absolute comfort”. The authorities at the facility have done work to make the “facility second to none”, and the grand stand has also been refurbished.
It was also reported that $3.5 million in cash and prizes will be available for the outstanding performers. Entries are expected to close on Sunday, July 11 and according to reports over 50 horses have already registered for the event.
There will be prizes for the top jockeys, trainers and stables on show while the top individual performers will all be presented with trophies from Ramesh Sunich, proprietor of the Trophy Stall in Bourda Market.
Other interested persons are also urged to make contact with Ghansham Singh at the No. 6 office or on telephone number 232-0219 or 649-3636. Campton Sancho can also be reached on 665-2071 while Lionel Moonsammy can be contacted on 614-5812.