January 30, 2013 at 5:54 p.m.
Boxing Day Stakes Races

Rambo’s been annihilating the competition

Almost $11,000 in prize money for winners
Rambo’s been annihilating the competition
Rambo’s been annihilating the competition

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Record breaker Ramblin’ Rambo looks like the one to beat in the two-year-old stakes on Boxing Day.

Michael DeCosta's pony has won 19 straight races this season - breaking Colby Sousa's record aboard Ceramic Shamrock for the most wins in succession.

The amazing run came to an end last week, but the lightning fast two-year-old remains one of the top ponies going into the biggest event of the year at the Vesey Street track.

Around 300 spectators will jam into the National Equestrian Centre on Boxing Day to watch some of the island's fastest ponies and their drivers compete for big money prizes.

While Ramblin' Rambo is the out and out favourite of the five in the two-year-old stakes, DeCosta is likely to have competition from Karen Raynor's Stir It Up, driven by Katrina Sims.

Nine drivers go to the post for the three-year-old stakes with Brona's Girl, ridden by Nick DeCosta and owned by Keith Woodley, among the leading contenders.

Bobby DeGraff's Shooting Star, Ricky Wilkinson's IC Flash Anne and Derrick Seymour's Dropitt-Likeits-Hot are also highly fancied.

Texas Tornado, leads a field of seven in the four-year-old stakes. Colin Mello will be aboard the Inwood Stables entry.

G.V. Special Wind (owner - Bobby DeGraff, rider Katrina Sims) and Antwon Edwards’ Happy Hank are expected to provide stiff competition.

The entrants will be split into heats with the four fastest in each age category qualifying for the stake races.

They will then compete for a share of the prize money with a total pool of $2,600 for the two-year-olds, $4,700 for the three-year-olds and $3,600 for the four-year-olds.

Lori Correia, of the Driving Horse and Pony Club, said all the races would be highly competitive with luck of the draw, playing a crucial role in deciding the outcome.

“It's hard to say which are the fastest. It just depends on what position they pull and how they perform on the day.

“This is our biggest race day of the year. They're racing for money so everybody wants to win.

“Boxing Day is usually one of our biggest crowds of the year.”

There's more racing on New Year's Day with the chance for first-time riders to try their hand at racing as well as a full schedule of races.[[In-content Ad]]

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