FRONT RUNNER THE Supreme Ventures Triple Crown series for native bred two-year-olds commences its 12th season at Caymanas Park today\ with the first race in the series, the $2.95 million Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Trophy over 1200 metres taking the spotlight. The series, which offers $11.4 million in total prize money, will continue on November 26 with the $3.6 million Pick-3 Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres, before culminating on Boxing Day, December 27, with the $4 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile. Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, who has dominated the series with 12 wins since it started in 2005, holds a strong hand – as usual – with three challengers, led by the unbeaten pair of SHE’S A MANEATER, under leading jockey Omar Walker and ARMAGEDDON, with Ameth Robles up, as well as MR. UNIVERSE. SHE’S A MANEATER and ARMAGEDDON were impressive in victory on their only outing, the filly SHE’S A MANEATER looking awesome in winning the $1 million Front Runner Sprint over 1100 metres by 10 lengths (eased) in the smart time of 1:05.3, one of the fastest ever recorded by a two-year-old. This filly by Natural Selection out of the 2009 ‘Horse of the Year’, Ahwhofah, is obviously a special brand and having looked razor sharp at exercise in her preparation, could do something out of the ordinary. DaCosta also believes that ARMAGEDDON has a touch of class, having won his only race by the proverbial city block recently. The son of Nuclear Wayne galloped 5 1/2 furlongs in a fast 1:06.3 at exercise some days ago and is focused enough to ensure that my selection, SHE’S A MANEATER, is extended. Other firm fancies on the Cash Pot raceday programme are FIERY PATH to go one better in the first race, DYSFUNCTIONAL to do likewise in the third, PRINCE KAMALI in the fourth and SHADE OF BEAUTY in the seventh.
The Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) recently announced that Guyana has become the first eco-tourism country to join the transformational travel movement through a pioneering partnership with the Transformational Travel Council (TTC).GTA Director Brian T MullisThe Council’s partners include tour operators, media organisations and travel suppliers from around the world.Guyana is the first member to illustrate the destination’s ongoing commitment to transformational travel, and its overarching belief that travel should be a relentless force for good.This new partnership will now see the country becoming involved in a community of like-minded organisations which show interest in networking, sharing, learning, and collaborating with one another on how to shape the future of travel around these tenets, ultimately positioning Guyana as a destination thought-leader and early-adopter.GTA Director, Brian T. Mullis, explaining that the country holistically believes in transformation, expressed the agency’s commitment to learning and practising the philosophy of the movement.“We, at the GTA, are excited to learn more about the philosophy and how we can take it from theory to practice in a way that aligns with our destination’s strategic goals and initiatives. We have invited the TTC to come to Guyana and conduct a workshop for our destination’s key stakeholders, tour operators, accommodation providers and indigenous communities,” he declared.TTC Co-Founder Jake Haupert shared that, as an emerging dynamic destination, Guyana is one country wherein the TTC philosophy should be integrated.He underscored the country’s uniqueness. “Guyana is an emerging and dynamic destination (that is) rich in biodiversity, cultural heritage, but yet (is) also raw and real at its essence; making it a prime destination to start integrating the TTC philosophy and guiding practices into (its) entire tourism ecosystem and truly enhance (its) already unique, powerful and burgeoning story.”The ‘transformational travel movement’ provides an opportunity to transcend from a consumptive form of tourism to a responsible form of travel that has a sustained impact on travellers. These travel experiences should empower people to make meaningful, lasting changes in their lives.Guyana’s commitment to this ‘movement’ is part of a larger strategy to continue to develop the destination in a sustainable and socially conscious way.