A year on and the significance of the inaugural CECF Saint Lucia remains as poignant now as it did in 2019. The launching of the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club, a domestic horse racing industry and the first stage of the Pearl of the Caribbean was a historic marker for a nation with a clear view of its future and the country it wants to become.
The CECF Saint Lucia remains among the most-watched sporting events for the island nation in recent times with more than 500,000 viewers tuning in across broadcast and live streaming platforms. The Pitons Cup was the richest race run anywhere in the Caribbean.
“The kindness and the support of all Saint Lucians is a gesture we will always remember and be thankful for,” said Teo Ah Khing, Chairman of the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club.
“This has been a challenging year for all of us. But tough times never last, tough people do. And today, National Day is an occasion to wish all Saint Lucians a fantastic and rewarding National Day. We wish we could host our party again today but we will be back next year with an occasion not to be missed.”
The 2019 CECF Saint Lucia was an event that was marked by an international audience who had travelled across oceans and a domestic audience from every corner of Saint Lucia. Support was also provided at the highest level by the Honourable Allen Chastanet, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia; Mrs Raquel Chastanet; The Honourable Sir Neville Cenac, Governor-General of Saint Lucia and Patron of the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club, the First Lady Mrs Julita Cenac, and honourable ministers of Saint Lucia.
(From Left) Teo Ah Khing, Chairman of the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club, The Honourable Sir Neville Cenac, Governor-General of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia
Sir Neville captured the gravitas of the occasion in his official address.
“National Day is a time to reflect on our country’s achievements as well as an occasion to let our imaginations soar when thinking about the future we wish to craft,” the Governor General said.
“As we stand together, it is clear that today is the first day of a brighter future. A future as brilliant as our sapphire skies and as inviting as our broad smiles.
“The symbolism of today’s Pitons Cup cannot be lost on anyone. The running of the inaugural Pitons Cup stamps Saint Lucia as the newest member of the international racing family. More particularly, it launches the Pearl of the Caribbean development, a project of such breadth and sophistication it may not only regenerate Saint Lucia’s south, but be positively transformative to the nation as a whole.”