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Trainer expects Nekitta to join greats

Lindon Yarde

Trainer expects Nekitta to join greats

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Horse racing fans are eagerly looking forward to see if filly Nekitta will become Barbados’s seventh Triple Crown winner tomorrow at the Garrison Savannah.
If successful, she will join an elite six – Watersmeet (1973), Ginger Lily (1980), Coo Bird (1989), Incitatus (1996), Zouk (2006) and Areyoutalkintome (2009).
Speaking to MIDWEEKSPORT in the build-up to the United Insurance Derby over 2 000 metres, the jewel of the Barbados Triple Crown, Nekitta’s trainer Victor Cheeseman was quietly confident.
“I’m just a cool guy. Hype means absolutely nothing to me. I simply do what I have to do going into the race. Come Thursday fans will see; I’m expecting to have a very good day,” he said.
“Nekitta is a very easy horse to train so I just keep her fresh and happy and she will give you her all.
“I expect Nekitta and Vanity Affair to do very well. Both are looking, feeling and working very well going into the race. I’m looking forward to a very good run from both.”
While Cheeseman is looking for another stellar performance from his duo, the real story line is centered on Nekitta having captured Triple Crown’s first and second races – the Barbados Guineas and the Barbados Midsummer Creole Classic over 1 570 and 1 800 metres respectively.
The trainer recalled selecting Nekitta for owner Lewin Godding.
“I cleaned her up for the sale and by dealing with her despite she was small, I found her to be very intelligent and strong. I also liked the way she stood just staring at things.”
He added that the daughter of Fleet On Flames out of Black Bird is a very good filly and will give her all.
“Both (my) horses have very good riders who don’t need to panic – just do what they have to do to, get into the race early and look for the best road, then kick for home,” he said.
A win in tomorrow’s pattern event will be a further reward for Cheeseman who is not only leading the trainer’s championship but is seeking his first Derby, Triple Crown and trainer’s championship.
When asked how much pressure it is to be leading the trainer’s table bearing in mind that he didn’t have any of the leading top-rated horses, Cheeseman said: “That’s testimony to my other very good horses all doing very well.
“Unfortunately, I lost Aston Martin to retirement. He would have given me that extra push in my drive to securing the title.”