Walcott tall in the saddle at Northlands

EDMONTON, Canada – Six-time champion Rico Walcott won twice while veteran Quincy Welch and Dane Nelson also scored, as Caribbean jockeys once against stamped their presence on the mid-week card at Northlands Park.

The 28-year-old Walcott captured race four over six furlongs with favourite Harbor Gold and returned in race six over 6-1/2 furlongs to win with 2-1 chance Hemlock Channel.

Multiple-time former champion Welch kept up his decent start to the season when he combined with seven-year-old bay gelding We Can Be Heroes to beat the three-year-old and upwards by half-length going six furlongs.

Rico Walcott

Jamaican Nelson, meanwhile, paired with five-year-old bay mare Holiday Maker to edge the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares by a nose in a 6-1/2 furlong trip.

However, it was Walcott who took centre-stage as he widened his lead in the jockeys standings.

He opened with a gate-to-wire effort aboard four-year-old chestnut filly Harbor Gold, trouncing the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares by 5-1/4 lengths.

The pair were away in good order to quickly open a decent lead and drew off steadily to turn the affair into a no-contest.

Walcott’s second victory came when he steered eight-year-old chestnut gelding Hemlock Channel to a half-length win over the three-year-old and upwards.

Hemlock Channel stalked early on as Welch’s Blue Dancer and Nelson’s Private Money game duelled through the half mile in a time of 44.73 seconds.

Walcott then rallied the gelding in the stretch and he responded well to get up in the dying stages.

The Barbadian has 16 wins from 53 rides, six clear of Nelson in second.

Source: (CMC)

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