Cheeseman top horse trainer
THE?YEAR 2013 will for a long time hold a special place in the heart of Barbadian horseman Victor Cheeseman, as he emerged champion trainer of the Barbados Turf Club’s calendar year which concluded on Boxing Day, at the Garrison Savannah.
Cheeseman, who lives a stone’s throw away from the Val Gale Paddock in Paddock Road, St Michael, was granted his licence on May 7, 1999 after urgings from veteran trainer Debra Hughes. The champ accumulated year returns of 30 wins, 19 seconds, and 21 thirds from 173 starters earning $524 280 for a 17 per cent winning average on the year.
“I feel very good. I worked very hard towards the championship, and every day was a challenge,” the winning trainer told MIDWEEK?SPORT.
When asked about not having a top class horse he responded: “I come along with horses in the lower classes and I just work with what I have.”
He thanked his many employers for staying with him through the ups and downs especially Phillip Moseley, who kept pushing him.
“Richard Deane has done more for me than any trainer. Charlie Health and Liz Deane have also been helpful and I’m thankful to them,” he added. Jockey Rickey Walcott rode most of the winners for Cheeseman, who underscored the importance of a consistent jockey throughout the racing season. “Rickey is a very good rider. We work very well together.”
Cheeseman, who also praised all his grooms for the work done in 2013, said that apart from winning the title again he was now looking forward to winning the Derby and the Gold Cup.
The top trainer landed several significant races in his career, among them the Tanglewood Stakes and Trophy in 2004 and 2013 with Secret Prince and Aston Martin, and the Sandy Lane Spa Sprint in 2006 with Morethanawomen.
He has also won classic races such as The Barbados Guineas with Aston Martin and Nekitta, the Barbados Midsummer Creole Classic with Hawayan Tropic in 2007 and Nekitta in 2013.
It’s just reward for his persistency, perseverance, dedication, commitment and his undying love for horses.
It became clear that Ward would have to settle for second place and a commendable title defence as his 204 starters won 21 races, with 38 seconds, and 30 thirds earning $492 307.
Edward Walcott captured third position, sending out out 122 starters, who won 21 races. He finished with 12 seconds, and 16 thirds earning $379 635. Knight Rider, who won the Derby and the Diamonds International Crown of Light Boxing Day Stakes and Trophy over 1 570 metres were the outstanding finishes for Walcott.
Richard Deane secured fourth spot from 303 starters landing 23 wins, 29 seconds and 33 thirds earning $337 295.