By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Inclement weather that engulfed the British Virgin Islands on Sunday associated with Tropical Storm Earl and drenched the territory, forced the postponement of the five card BVI Horse Racing Association races at the Ellis Thomas Downs, the Rotary Club of Tortola $20,000 grand raffle that was scheduled to be drawn during the event and the BVI Cricket Association’s Peter Haycraft six teams Nations Cup.
On schedule to highlight the horse races was the 1-Mile feature between St. Thomas’ Come on Venezuela and Tortola’s Courage and Honor. Venezuela won the August Festival down over a mile.
“We regretfully have to announce that due to circumstances with cancellation of flights out of Puerto Rico, our jockeys won’t be able to make it,” British Virgin Islands Horseracing Association president Lesmore Smith told Island Sun Sports on Sunday. “Along with the inclement weather, we’re also seeing presently around us right now on Tortola, I assume that is the same weather that is traversing off Puerto Rico, that caused the flight cancellations.”
Smith on Monday told Island Sun Sports that after meetings with the different stakeholders—the horse owners from St. Thomas and Tortola—the races will be held on Sunday, September 18. The post time is 2:15 p.m.
“For now, we do apologize for any inconvenience, but God knows best, he’s in control and we will continue to respect his wishes,” Smith said. “Everything was set for today. Every single thing. And everybody’s calling me like rainfall.”
Meanwhile, the launch of the BVI Cricket Association’s Twenty 20 six teams Peter Haycraft Nations Cup in Greenland, was also postponed because of the weather. The competition features teams from the BVI, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana and Jamaica. The BVI and Vincy were to square off in the opener.
“The fixtures remain the same nothing will be changed because we have limited time to use the field, the president said that BVI and Vincy will split the points one each (because of the weather) and the schedule will continue with two games on Sunday, starting at 9:30 a.m.,” event coordinator Brent DeFreitas told Island Sun Sports. “We’ll have two games once there’s no weather interruption. The field (on Sunday) wasn’t too good to play any kind of cricket. It was really in a bad state with water settled on the field. But nn Sunday, we’ll have the opening ceremony at 12:30 after the first game.”
Guyana and Dominica will square off at 9:30 a.m. in the first game followed by Grenada and Jamaica at 1:30 p.m. DeFreitas said with limited time to use the Greenland field, immediately following the Twenty 20, they’ll go into a Ten10 Tournament.
“We only have one spare day and that will be used for the final,” he said. “So we didn’t want to use it up now.”