Battle of the saddle

Ricky Walcott
Ricky Walcott

Four jockeys will be going after their second Gold Cup win when the 32nd Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup runs off at the Garrison Savannah tomorrow. They are Antonio Bishop, Anderson Trotman, Rickey Walcott and Jalon Samuel.

Trotman, who will be aboard the “Liz” Deane-trained Aristodemus in the 1,800 metres event, registered his lone Gold Cup victory in 2005 with the Clayton Greenidge-trained, Luther G Miller 111-owned Feet On Flames.

Whiskey For Me, trained by Liz Deane and owned by the Aysha Syndicate, provided Rickey Walcott with his only Gold Cup win to date when he blew away his 11 other opponents in 2007. He will partner the lone overseas representative in the race, namely Just Call Me Roger who will be representing Trinidad and Tobago.Antonio Bishop got his Gold Cup glory when he booted home Zoom – after the original winner Show Me The Money was disqualified – in the 2011 blue ribbon event. He will be looking to land his second Gold Cup win via Meteorite tomorrow.

The young and exciting rider Jalon Samuel landed his first Gold Cup aboard the Sir David Seale-owned, Liz Deane-trained Dancin David in last year’s race. He will be going after his second successive Gold Cup win when he partners the Roger Parravicino-trained Discreetwon tomorrow.Two jockeys, Venice Richards and Jonno Jones, have the most Gold Cup wins to date – four. Richards’ wins came aboard Bentom (1986), and Sandford Prince (1989-91); while Jones’ four were all in succession, aboard Blast Of Storm (2000-2002) and Thady Quill (2003).

Andy Ward, who is now a trainer, Trinidadian Emile Ramsammy and Patrick Husbands, are next in Gold Cup wins with three each. Ramsammy’s wins were in 1985 – Frisky Wharf, 1987 – Stangrave Park, and 1988 – Call To Account; Ward’s came via Peace Envoy – 1999, Pure Temptation – 2008, and Daylight Express – 2009; while Husbands’ were aboard Vardar – 1990, Sharp Impact – 2006, and Sterwins – 2010.

During the early years of the Gold Cup it used to attract a number of jockeys from Europe and this is evident by the fact that two jockeys from that part of the world won the first two runnings of the race. The inaugural race in 1982 was won by Irishman Declan Gillespie aboard the Trinidad-owned Bold Lewis, while Bryn Crossley of England landed the 1983 race aboard Iron Lover, which represented Martinique.In addition to Gillespie and Crossley, other European jockeys to be successful in the Gold Cup were Sandy Hawley with Chou Chou Royale in 1993, and Richard Quinn with Alto Jane (1994) and Asian Jane (1995).

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