Walcott still tall in the saddle
Three-time defending champion Rico Walcott logged another double at Northlands Park last weekend, as he continued to march imperiously towards 100 wins for yet another season.
The Barbadian cruised to victories in race two with 3-1 chance Rouge On Rouge and race four with another 3-1 bet Rosavita, to move to 91 wins for the 2014 campaign.
He is the runaway leader, with the second placed Scott Williams 38 behind on 53 wins and former champion Quincy Welch a very distant third on 29 wins.
Walcott has surpassed 100 wins for the last three seasons, including a career-best 148 last year when he completely dominated the championship to win by 73.
On Friday, he opened his account over a mile, carrying the three-year-old filly Rouge On Rouge to a convincing win over the age group.
He raced her off the pace set by Saint Sassy Sue before closing well on the late turn and picking up the lead heading into the stretch. Walcott and the filly had no serious challengers in the last furlong as they reached the wire 5-1/2 lengths clear.
Walcott returned to the winners enclosure two races later when he guided the three-year-old bay filly Rosavita to a dominant win by ten lengths, going 6-1/2 furlongs.
The pair chased Play Mea Tune Don through the opening quarter run in a decent 23.48 seconds and grabbed the lead approaching the quarter pole before pulling away to win handsomely.
There were victories for two other Barbadian jockeys on the eight-race card. Veteran Desmond Bryan captured race one with 18-1 longshot Victory Storm in a 3-1/2 furlong dash while Neil Husbands won race five with 20-1 outsider Micnajic going a mile. (CMC)