Caribbean Nations Group horse racing billed for January 28
Caribbean Nations Group, which was established in late 2017 by a group of sporting enthusiasts, will pull off its first horse racing event on January 28 with over $5M in cash and trophies to be won at the Rising Sun Turf Club.
The event is designed for locally bred horses and will comprise seven categories with the feature race on the card being the Corona classic, which will see the winner walking away with $1M in cash and a trophy.
During a press conference on Thursday, co-founder of the group, Steven Cheefoon, noted it will be a packed day of horse racing, which will end with an after party for the patrons.
“In addition to that we are having a day filled for the kids also; we are having a kids corner where we (will be) having trampoline, bouncy house, the play pen and everything to go along with the kids because we want a family filled day. We also have the bleachers, when the grandstands are filled we have the bleachers and parking will be behind the grandstand so we don’t want anybody’s views to be obstructed when they are on the ground,” Cheefoon said.
Cheefoon also disclosed that all the races will be run under the rules and regulations of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority and is therefore urging all interesting participants to enter their horses by the January 23 so that the programmes can be printed and circulated as early as possible.
Director of Sport Christopher Jones, who was present at the event, has congratulated Carribbean Nations Group for what it has set out to do in 2018 and beyond and hopefully raised the standard of horse racing in Guyana.
He related that the National Sports Commission recognised that over the years horse racing has been somewhat of a loose organised arrangement and therefore is hoping that the Caribbean Nations Group will change that, hence the commission’s decision to be a part of the event.
“The Sports Commission is proud to be part sponsor of the event; we hope that 2018 will not only be three or four events being hosted or organised by the Caribbean Nations, but is hoping that it becomes an annual feature of the calendar of activities in term of sport in Guyana. Once we see what transpires on the January 28 in terms of the organisation, the National Sports Commission would want to be here now that we are committed to sponsor events in 2019 and beyond,” Jones indicated.
Marketing representative of Top Brands, Marvin Wray, noted that the company is pleased to be associated with Caribbean Nations Group and is looking forward to supporting other ventures in the future.