Sport

Superstakes Day not as potent as before

BY WES MARTIN

Friday, November 09, 2012    

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ALL the ingredients are there, yet the mix is definitely not as potent as in yesterday's.

Yes, one of the biggest and most awaited racedays on the local calendar, Superstakes Day is set for its annual renewal tomorrow. The usual races, the Imported Mile, the Sprint, the two-year-old race and the 10-furlong Superstakes itself are on tap, but not with the usual interest associated with the day.

The first indication of the present status of Superstakes Day is the lack of sponsorship and the corresponding decline in advertising to promote the day. For the last 10 years or so, Superstakes Day has been hampered by a sponsorship dilemma which has had the effective of diluting interest and the supremely significant status of this popular event.

Superstakes Day has had the interest of race fans and importantly of non-racing members of the public. It has developed as the showcase day of the sport and in the past the raceday has been embellished by the participation of overseas horses and riders.

The racing itself has produced many memorable moments — The Viceroy, ridden by the legendary George HoSang vs Milligram with Winston Griffiths, with Milligram seeking victory as a Triple Crown winner; the performances of Legal Light, Menudo, Miracle Man and Mark My Word, seeking his third consecutive Superstakes win tomorrow, and the unbeatable sprint king Eros.

One can readily appreciate that the promoting company, Caymanas Track Limited (CTL), given its present financial trials, cannot at this time foot the promotional bill for the raceday, which is why a concerted effort is required to get sponsorship.

It may mean planning years in advance and planning out of the proverbial box. Easier said than done in these economic times, yet it is still incumbent on the promoting company to double its efforts at getting sponsorship for our racing super day.

The racing programme itself continues to represent the best racing has to offer. Mark My Word, Commanding Chief, and the three-year-old Typewriter in the Superstakes; Saint Cecelia represents a lonely figure in the Sprint; the Mile has a galaxy of overseas stars, led by the exciting Missmyrtleboyritchie, and a two-year-old event with most of the leading candidates to date entered.

In addition to these feature races, there are eight other well-supported races. The majority of the best horses in training will be on the track, so too our best reinsmen. Special welcome to Brian Harding, who has been missing in action at the Park for too long.

There is no doubt that all the ingredients are there; all that is necessary is its packaging and promotion. Let's hope the charge for Superstakes 2013 is already underway.

The wish is for an outstanding Super Day which will serve as a massive advert for the sport of racing.

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