3 cheers for Walcott and Welch
EDMONTON – Barbadian jockeys Rico Walcott and Quincy Welch landed triples to dominate Saturday’s eight-race programme at Northlands Park, Canada.
Walcott, the defending champion, picked up race five with Admirable Brew, race six with Lost My Aura and the day’s final event aboard Bohicket.
Welch, meanwhile, who has returned to Northlands this year after two seasons at Woodbine, won with Boston Rob to raise the curtain on the day and followed up with victories in race three aboard Carmody and in race seven with Indian Love.
With only three race days gone in the young season, Walcott already leads the standings with ten wins, while Welch is among three riders in second on four wins.
After failing to find winners’ row in the first four races, Walcott finally broke through when he carried 3-1 bet Admirable Brew to victory by 2 3/4 lengths over the three-year-old fillies, going six furlongs.
He quickly followed up in the next race, guiding three-year-old chestnut filly Lost My Aura to an easy win over the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares in another six-furlong trip.
Walcott capped off the day in style, making virtually all the running in race eight to win with 5-1 chance Bohicket.
Welch, a former champion jockey at Northlands, reached the winners’ enclosure for the first time when he brought the three-year-old bay gelding Boston Rob with a strong stretch run to beat the three-year-olds over six furlongs.
He then produced a near identical ride, getting up late with 5-1 bet Carmody to nip the favourite Here Comes Bonnie with Walcott aboard, by half-length in another six-furlong contest.
His third win came when he stalked with seven-year-old gelding Indian Love before bidding in the stretch, overhauling duelling leaders Shifty Sheriff and God of Reign, and charging to the finish 2 1/4 lengths clear. (CMC)