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Giant Valley to seek revenge against St Moose next month

-@ Labour Day races in St Croix, USVI
Premier's Cup winner St Moose (left) of St Croix and Governors Cup winner Giant Valley (right) of Tortola are slated to meet again at the Labour Day Races in St Croix next month. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Lesmore Smith, owner of Giant Valley, said his horse just did not 'settle' on the track in the Premier's Cup race on August 2, 2016. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO/File
Lesmore Smith, owner of Giant Valley, said his horse just did not 'settle' on the track in the Premier's Cup race on August 2, 2016. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Giant Valley of Tortola, Virgin Islands was unable to add the Premier’s Cup to its recent Governor's Cup win as it trailed home in the feature event of the August Tuesday Races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay on August 2, 2016.

It was on April 29, 2016 at Clinton E. Phipps Racetrack in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands that Giant Valley stunned the crowd after the pre-race hype for the Governor’s Cup surrounded My Pal Shawn of Tortola and St Moose of St Croix.

However, they had to yield to the powerful front running of Giant Valley, who defeated St Moose by a length and My Pal Shawn finishing fourth after an issue with the gate saw the horse getting off to a late start. Call Daddy was third.

The question was whether the Tortola horse, owned by Lesmore Smith of Top Priority Racing Stables, could complete a remarkable double by winning the Premier’s Cup on home turf.

However, St Moose of St Croix outclassed the field to defend the Premier's Cup with Integrity of St Thomas taking second, followed by My Pal Shawn of Tortola.

Giant Valley was last.

Not the last of Giant Valley

It will not be the last of Giant Valley; however, as according to Smith, the horse will be taken to St Croix for the Labour Day races there next month. It will mean another possible showdown with St Moose.

“The horse didn’t settle down on the track,” Mr Smith said of Giant Valley’s showing at the Premier’s Cup race.

“I am going St Croix for Labour Day so that is the plan,” Mr Smith added.

Further asked what he felt went wrong in the race, Mr Smith said: “I don’t complain about jockey do this and jockey do that, I believe horse race is what it is. My horse didn’t run his race and I have to figure it out next time.”

Mr Smith is known to come back strong with his horses, especially when he is counted out. A perfect example is his exploits with Good Prospecting, who was twice Governor’s Cup champion.

11 Responses to “Giant Valley to seek revenge against St Moose next month”

  • Observer (08/08/2016, 18:49) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    thanks vino you are the only media that promotes horse racing
  • crucian (08/08/2016, 20:05) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Cuz, puhhhlllleeeaasseeee. Just tell the people the horse moving over to the big island.
  • wishing for another miracle (09/08/2016, 00:15) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    He just want to be in thing.
  • less more (09/08/2016, 00:16) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Boy move yo less arse.
  • i from here (09/08/2016, 08:08) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

    just trash talk he knows he will get licks in he r@$$

  • tom (09/08/2016, 11:48) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    From what i see race day aint got a horse to represent the BVI. Lesmore and alex need to go together so St.Moose could throw the to of them in. Set a joke
    • the great one (09/08/2016, 12:47) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      the moose seems to be good on our track only, so yes they have a real good chance of beating him over in stx or inn stt, but stx track surface is not good so if I was them, I'd wait until stt have action again, and catch him there!
  • rocky (09/08/2016, 11:54) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    family affairs u all please don't take mypalshawn and honors over to st Croix, they track has a history of damaging our bvi horses legs, stx, Don't take it personal, u know that's a fact! shawn will catch the moose over in stt, or maybe honors!
  • For real. (09/08/2016, 18:31) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Honors is the best horse Tortola have until L&B stable came a return. Family affairs stable need to put honors on the moose an stop playing game.
    • rocky (10/08/2016, 05:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Honors is good yes, actually he is awesome, but he is not better than Shawn, when Shawn gets a good ride, no other horse has beaten him so far, I am hoping that jockey from STX--Mr. Hurst, who rides Honors all the time, start to ride Shawn also, then we will get to see how awesome Shawn is!
  • Backa yard (12/08/2016, 21:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    St.moose is a better horse than gaint valley lesmore can't see that as horse trainer moose have more class.

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