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Boodramsingh looks to go clear
Brian Boodramsingh will attempt to continue his tremendous recent roll when horse racing continues at Santa Rosa Park, Arima, tomorrow.
After booting home eight winners on the final two days of last season to end up in a deadlock with Wilmer Galviz for champion jockey, the youngster has remained hot and has seven winners after the first four days of this season.
Boodramsingh, who rode three winners last Saturday, is tied with Emile Ramsammy at the top of the standings, but is expected to be in sole possession of the lead after tomorrow’s eight-race card.
The three-time defending champion Jockey has five quality mounts in his six bookings, while the Canada based Ramsammy is only down to ride three horses and is not expected to be in contention with two of them.
Boodramsingh’s mount Star Dreamer, owned by Dave Chadee and trained by his father Harold, is expected to be the favourite in the opening event, the 1,100 metres turf contest involving eight West Indian bred four-year-old and over maidens.
Boodramsingh pilots Justmyluck in the fourth and although this grey is not expected to be the leading fancy, he could definitely be a contender if he breaks alertly in the 1,050 metres turf contest for 40 & lower horses at 2.40 pm.
Boodramsingh rode Galadriel to victory last time out on December 14 and although the filly is facing much tougher opposition on this occasion she still has to be respected in the sixth event at 3 58 pm.
Ramsammy will partner fellow four-year-old Uncle Max here and he is also capable of finishing in the money in the 1,350 metres contest for 45 & lower rated horses.
Right after Boodramsingh will be astride Hyat Princess and the very speedy winner of last year’s Derek Cozier Classic (GR.IIR) (formerly Santa Rosa Classic) could lead the way home at 4.35 pm in the day’s feature, especially if the turf is firm.
D’Sportsman and Island Star, the most successful turf horse in the last few years with eight wins on the surface, are the other main contenders in the 1,100 metres event for 70-55 rated horses.
But although Princess She’s Not is yet to race on the lawn, she worked well on the surface last Sunday and has to be respected, along with the lightly weighted Double Roses.
Boodramsingh will also have a good chance to score in the curtain event as he is down to partner The Tactician in the 1,150 metres race for 55-40 rated horses.
The Jamaican bred four-year-old, who is coming back after a six-week break, will come up against 14 at 5.15 pm including Zorro, Precise Moment, Princess Warrior and Stairway To Heaven.
Ramsammy will ride Country Boy here, but this three-year-old struggled both times after winning the Futurity Stakes by 12 lengths when he debuted in October and should be hard pressed in his very first outings against older horses.
This country’s most successful jockey, a winner of more than 2,500 career races, will probably have his best chance of entering winners’ enclosure with his first mount, Market Rally.
This Poon Tip Stud Farm bred and owned filly is yet to face the starter, but she has been going extremely well at gallops and could lead the way home over 1,100 metres in the second race at 1.23 pm.
Magnolia Lane, Sweet Shaka and Precise Gold are the other newcomers and the field of ten West Indian bred three-year-old maidens also includes Luvdatcat, Maximus and All For The Haul, who have all finished runner-up in their last outing.
Boodramsingh is booked to ride Gold Strike, but the third placed finisher in the Republic Mortgages St Ann’s Stakes (GR.IRF) on Boxing Day may find the trip too sharp.
There will be HI-5 betting in this event as well as in the fourth (involving Justmyluck and company), sixth (involving Uncle Max, Galadriel and company) and curtain (involving THE Tactician, Country Boy and company) events.
The Soca 6 wager will be the last six races on the programme, beginning with seven 30 & lower horses doing battle over 1,350 metres in the third event at 2 pm.
Post time is 12.45 pm.