Rickey riding to the top
THE JOCKEY COLONY at the Barbados Turf Club this year is at its weakest where quality is concerned, thus also leaving the quantity down as several respected riders have taken the plunge to challenge and gain valuable experience abroad on the more lucrative United States and Canadian circuits.
However, such a move offers opportunities for the club to blood another crop of future stars. Be that as it may, jockey Rickey Walcott wasted no time in stamping his authority at the culmination of the first season. Walcott, by virtue of his third brace of the season, leapt one win ahead of former leader Jalon Samuel’s 11 to emerge top jockey.
Walcott’s overall local record of a lone jockey’s title won in 2015 really does not do justice to the high quality reinsman he is. Seldom flustered in a finish, the Brittons Hill native separated himself from his peers by winning four of the season’s six stake races which took his earnings to $225 099.
His 47 mounts saw him winning at a healthy 26 per cent. among those stakes successes came three grade I triumphs. Topping the list is a smooth victory aboard Fleurette in the first Jewel of the Triple Crown – Barbados Guineas over 1 570 metres. The above filly, the property of Luther G. Miller and wife Suzanne, also won the Michael Parravicino Memorial Hopeful Breeders’ Stakes at the same distance.
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