(PRESS RELEASE) – The significance of Saturday’s USD100,000 Sandy Lane Gold Cup in Barbados is not lost on Saint Lucian based trainer Robbie Hewetson.
The Expat New Zealander is succinct in his assessment only days out from the Barbados Turf Club’s feature event.
“G1 races. Everyone dreams of competing in G1 races,” Hewetson said of the Sandy Lane Gold Cup.
“We are not taking this opportunity lightly. We know we are representing the China Horse Club we are also representing the thoroughbred industry in Saint Lucia. We are going to compete. We are expecting our horses to perform well and are excited to be part of a race that is so highly regarded across the entire Caribbean.”
Hewetson created history when becoming the first trainer to win a race in Saint Lucia at the 2019 CECF Saint Lucia race day. Later in that programme his Sandy Lane Gold Cup contender, Run Bayou, performed admirably when third in the 2019 DSH Caribbean Star Limited Pitons Cup. Now Hewetson harbours aspirations to build to his training curriculum vitae.
“I’m really excited by the way Saint Lucia is developing and it means a great deal to be part of that process,” he said.
“Representing the industry at occasions like the Sandy Lane Gold Cup is part of that development. The Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club has said it wants to be proactive in supporting racing around the region and the China Horse Club has a similar approach to racing the world over.
“The participation of Run Bayou and Colonel’s Pride helps meet these objectives. But we aren’t here to support only. We are here to represent our owners to the best of our ability and to be competitive. I am happy with how Run Bayou is building up towards Saturday’s big race.”
Run Bayou is one of two Saint Lucian based racehorses competing in Saturday’s Sandy Lane Gold Cup. The gelding will be ridden by James Chau who partnered the Hewetson trained Reef Cup to success in the 2019 USD20,000 Coolmore Helen of the West Indies Stakes.