Emile Ramsammy was at his brilliant best yesterday at Santa Rosa Park, Arima, as he piloted Sacred Trust to victory in the main feature - the Grade Two - First Citizens Sian’s Gold Sprint over 1,100 metres on the turf.
Sacred Trust was sent off as the second favourite at 5/2 in the eight-horse field for the first Graded Event on the turf for the 2013 season. The well backed favourite was the Maniram Maharaj owned and trained turf specialist and track record-holder Fly Junior.
When starter Carlton Ramsaroop sent them on their way on the rain softened track, Smart American was first to show under Antonio Whitehall with Fly Junior, second and Curfew Breaker close up. Ramsammy had Sacred Trust just behind these, while King Whistler, Treasure Each Day, Raging Halo and Just Call Me Roger followed.
However, at the far turn, Smart American surprisingly poached a length lead on Fly Junior as Ramsammy brought Sacred Trust closer to the leaders.
With 500 metres left, Smart American was travelling better than Fly Junior and Ramsammy immediately galvanised his mount to challenge Smart American.
With 200 metres left, Ramsammy sent the Jose William -Samaroo trained mare to the front and despite Smart American’s valiant attempts, Sacred Trust was not to be denied.
At the line Scared Trust was one length to the good from the Harold Chadee trained Smart American with Just Call Me Roger running on strongly to get third in front of a disappointing Fly Junior.
The winner recorded the time of 1:05.58 for the trip in taking the $90,000 first prize cheque for owner Zanim Meah-John.
An elated Ramsammy said, “This was great. It is always good to win the major events. It is redemption for Boxing Day when I did not ride a winner. “ “She was always traveling well and when I asked her to run coming off the turn she quickened well to win with a great deal of authority.”
Owner Zanim Meah-John was singing the praises for Ramsammy saying, “When you have a very good rider aboard, you expect this type of result. Ramsammy rode her brilliantly and from the corner, you knew who the winner was.”
Trainer Jose William Samaroo shared his thoughts and intimated, “She deserves a change of luck. She has campaigned with the big boys for a long time without a graded success. This is very good. She is a very good filly as she has shown for the past two seasons.”