The days are counting down to the deadline for the submission of entries for the annual Phagwah horse race meet, usually staged by the Kennard Memorial Turf Club (KMTC) at its Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne, Berbice, race track.
Honourary President of the KMTC, Justice Cecil Kennard, told this publication on Wednesday that horse owners and trainers have until this Sunday to confirm their participation in the March 13 event. To date, the response has been good, according to Kennard.
According to a release from the KMTC when the provisional programme was released weeks ago, owners of horses must pay at least $5,000 for each horse at the time of entry. Failure to do so will result in the horse’s name not appearing on the official programme, and hence will not be permitted to run.
Registration can be done by contacting Roopnarine Matadial (325-3192) or Ivan Dipnarine (331-0316) or Justice Cecil Kennard (623-7609) or Fazal Habibulla (657-7010) or Dennis Deroop (640-6396).
The day’s activity, which will gallop off at noon and will feature six races, will be headlined by the D1 and Lower W/A, which has a top prize of $700,000 and will be contested over one mile.
The G1 and Lower W/A, which will also be held over a mile, will see the winner carting off $280,000, while the six furlongs H1 and Lower W/A has a winner’s purse of $240,000.
The J1 and Lower W/A six furlongs showdown has a top prize of $160,000, while the K and Lower W/A winner will pocket $120,000. The opening race of the day- the L and Lower W/A- has $100,000 at stake for the winner.