AN International Jockeys Challenge in Barbados this weekend saw the British team put in a fine performance, going under to Team Barbados only in the final stage.
Held at Garrison Savannah, the four-race event proved to be an extremely tight battle, decided only in the last race.
Team GB was captained by Jamie Spencer, with the remainder of the team consisting of Danny Tudhope, Luke Morris, Seamie Heffernan, Stevie Donohoe and Louis Steward.
Stevie Donohoe won the first race over 1570 metres, riding Provence, with Luke Morris runner-up on board Graceful. Fonohoe was thrilled to win his debut at Garrison, where he described the track as ‘much sharper than Chester’.
Jamie Spencer, on board Eyecatcher went to the front two furlongs from home in the 1100 metre second race but was passed at the post by local apprentice Eric Daniel on board Mischief Maker.
It was a very close contest and with only two races to go the two teams were level on points. Then Louis Steward brought his mount Sing Sing through to win.
This gave the British team a one-point advantage, but they were out-ridden by their opponents who were the first three past the post, with Rightontime, ridden by N’Rico Prescod winning the race.
Even so, the British team won two of the four races and Jamie Spencer praised his team, saying everyone played their parts, but the local jockeys deserved their victory.
Captain of Team Barbados, Rasheed Hughes, said his team had enjoyed competing against some of the world’s top riders. He added: ” We look forward to renewing the rivalry next year.”