KINGSTON, Ga.— Barnacle Bill, racing in the colors of George Merck's The Fields Stable, left the field behind at the last fence and ran off to a 15-3/4-length win in the $30,000 Georgia Cup, the feature race at Saturday's debut of the newly organized Georgia Steeplechase at Kingston Downs on April 7.
With Jack Doyle, the National Steeplechase Association's leading rider in the three-week old 2018 season in the saddle, Barnacle Bill won his second straight for the Monkton, Md.-based trainer Elizabeth Voss. The Irish-bred six-year-old gelding scored a flagfall-to-finish win in a maiden race on the International Gold Cup card at The Plains, Va. last fall.
Barnacle Bill, who was bred by the Irish National Stud, defeated four rivals in the Georgia Cup, a ratings handicap for horses at 120 or lower on the NSA list. Doyle and Barnacle Bill covered the two miles of a firm steeplechase course in 3:45 and 3/5 to send the winner's check for $18,000 home with Merck.
Rosbrian Farm's Irish-bred Officer Sydney and Ross Geraghty took second. KMSN Stable's Able Archer was third.
Trainer Ricky Hendriks scored a training double when he sent out Debra Kachel's Gotta Get Away to win the opener on the four-race card, a 2-mile maiden claimer that drew six entries. Michael Mitchell was aboard the winner for Gotta Get Away's half-length win over Rosbrian's Cheers to Us, who is also a Hendriks trainee.
The Coatesville, Pa.-based trainer took the second half of his double with Go Get the Basil in a $30,000 Sport of Kings Maiden. Racing in the colors of Eve Ledyard of Unionville, Pa., Go Get the Basil and Geraghty were 2-3/4-lengths ahead of Riverdee Stable's Motivational in a race of two miles in 3:47:4/5.
‘Chasing Stats 2018 as of April 7
With the debut of the newly inaugurated Georgia Steeplechase at Kingston Downs in the books, here are the win-place-show standings for the equine and human awards the National Steeplechase Association will present at the close of the 2018 season in late November.
Owners, Purse Money Won:
- Stonelea Stables, $90,000
- Rosbrian Farm, $59,100
- Magalen O.l Bryant, $45,600
Trainers, Races Won:
- Jonathan Sheppard, 4
- Ricky Hendriks, 3
- Julie Gomena, 1
- Richard Valentine, 1
- Fenneka Bentley, 1
- Katherine Neilson, 1
- Doug Fout, 1
Trainers, Purse Money Won:
- Julie Gomena, $94,600
- Ricky Hendriks, $91,400
- Jonathan Sheppard, $88,150
Riders, Races Won:
- Jack Doyle, 3
- Ross Gerghty, 2
- Gerard Gallaghan, 2
- Kieran Norris, 2
Riders, Purse Money Won:
- Mark Watts, $91,800
- Ross Geraghty, $84,350
- Jack Doyle, $67,600
Horses, Purse Money Won:
- Balance the Budget, $90,000
- Personal Start, $45,000
- Zanjabeel, $27,000
April 14. 72nd annual Tryon Block House Races, Columbus, N.C. $150,000, $40,000 Block House (Hurdle Handicap).
April 14. My Lady's Manor, $75,000. $30,000 My Lady's Manor Timber Stakes.
April 21. 116th annual Grand National Steeplechase, Butler, Md. $65,000, $30,000 Grand National Amateur Timber Stakes.
April 21. 98th annual Middleburg Spring Races, Middleburg, Va., $200,000. $75,000, Grade 2 Temple Gwathmey Hurdle Stakes.
April 28. 41st annual Foxfield Spring Races, Charlottesville, Va. $115,000. $30,000 Daniel van Clief Memorial (Allowance).
April 28. 122nd Maryland Hunt Cup, Glyndon, Md. $100,000 Maryland Hunt Cup Amateur Timber Stakes.
April 28. 23rd annual Queen's Cup Steeplechase, $150,000. $75,000 Queen's Cup (Novice).
May 5. 93rd running Virginia Gold Cup, The Plains, Va. $425,000. $40,000 Steeplethon Timber Stakes, $75,000, Grade 2 David Semmes Memorial Hurdle Stake, $100,000 Virginia Gold Cup Timber Stakes.
May 6. 40th annual Winterthur Races, Winterthur Del., $70,000. $40,000 Winterthur Bowl Timber Stakes.
May 12. 77th annual Iroquois Steeplechase, Nashville, Tenn. $525,000 plus $10,000 amateur bonus. $100,000 Marcellus Frost (Novice), $50,000 Margaret Curry Henley (Filly and Mare), $50,000 Mason Houghland (Timber), $200,000, Grade 1 Calvin Houghland Iroquois.
May 13. 26th annual Willowdale Steeplechase, Kennett Square, Pa. $100,000. $35,000 Willowdale Steeplechase Amateur Timber Stakes.
May 19. 88th annual Radnor Hunt Races, Malvern, Pa. $190,000. $30,000 Radnor Hunt Cup (Timber), $50,000, Grade 3 National Hunt Cup.
May 26. 49th annual Fair Hill Spring Races, Fair Hill, Md. $180,000. $50,000 Iris Coggins Memorial (Fillies and Mares).
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