After months of preparation and more than a year of no action at the Ellis Thomas Downs on Tortola, horseracing successfully returned to the British Virgin Islands on Boxing Day.
In usual fashion, the BVI went head-to-head against horseracing aficionados from the neighbouring US Virgin Islands (USVI).
The return of the sport, however, saw the BVI largely collecting a flogging from their USVI counterparts who won three of the five races featured on Wednesday.
GUS IS TUFF, a racehorse representing No Nonsense Racing Stables in St Thomas, showed off its toughness by finishing ahead of three other horses in a time of 1:34:2 over seven furlongs.
MY SONG VENEZUELA finished in second while the BVI’s ‘QUEEN GRACE’ and UNCLE MACE finished their debut race in third and fourth places, respectively.
HAYLEY’S HERE of 7A’s Racing Stables in St Thomas took victory in a time of 1:32:3 during race number-two — also a seven-furlong event. SAILOR’s REPRESENTATIVE — the only BVI competitor in that race — finished in fourth.
Top Priority Stables show promise
The next seven-furlong race saw NADIAES IMAGE of Top Priority Racing Stables in the BVI winning its debut race in 1:33:1.
Race number four then saw the fleet-footed LUNCH BREAK — also of Top Priority Racing Stables — winning in an impressive 1:31:4.
The final race of the evening happened over six-and-a-half furlongs — the shortest distance of the day. The seasoned TOTALLY EVIL of Alliance Point Racing in St Thomas took victory in a time of 1:22:2.
Below are highlights of Wednesday’s Boxing Day races.