METRO Computer and Office Supplies will sponsor the first prize of the feature event of the Kennard’s Memorial Turf Club’s Annual Christmas Horse Race Meet which will be staged on Friday, Boxing Day, at the Club’s facility, Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne, Berbice.
The meet, which gets under way at 13:30hrs, will see horses classified `A 1’ and Lower battle for a total prize package of $1.875M and the winner’s trophy donated by Metro Computer and Office Supplies.
The winner of the event will receive the $1M first prize along with the trophy donated by Metro, while the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers will be rewarded with $500 000, $250 000 and $125 000 respectively.
According to race coordinator and former Chief Justice Cecil Kennard who accepted the sponsorship cheque and winner’s trophy yesterday from Chief Executive Officer of Metro Computer and Office Supplies (Avia Maria Lindie) at the company’s Quamina Street headquarters, registration of horses closed yesterday and there were approximately 65 entries up to mid-day yesterday.
Kennard told members of the media that this will be the sixth year that Metro Computer and Office Supplies has been on the annual Boxing Day horse race meet.
He explained that Mr Deo Kharag, the original owner of the company was once president of the Kennard’s Memorial Turf Club and together with his (Kharag) wife has seen the club blossom into one of Guyana’s best horse racing facilities.
Justice Kennard said Kharag has been a part of the club for 38 years and now his son Ron Ramnaradyan, who currently owns Metro Computer and Office Supplies and who resides in the United States, has taken up the mantle and is sponsoring the event.
In a brief statement yesterday Metro’s CEO Lindie said the company the Kharag family has been sponsoring the feature event at the Kennard Memorial Boxing Day meet for `A 1’ and Lower class horses for the past six years.
She said the relationship with the Kennard Turf Club goes back many decades, where the late Deo Kharag who served as president for 38 years when the club was formed, had a passion for horse racing and in his honour, a members’ pavilion was named after Deo Kharag.
The Kharag family hails from Bush Lot Village, Corentyne, Berbice, where the club is located.