Saturday, April 13, 2024

Four up for Gold debut

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Today’s running of the 31st Barbados Gold Cup at the historic Garrison Savannah will hold a special place in the hearts of four jockeys who will all be having their first ride in the Caribbean’s most prestigious horse race.
Kyle Carter will partner Graeme Hill, Jason Leacock will be aboard Little Man Arran, Kenny John will be astride Ring Time, and Reshaun Latchman will sit on Giovedi.
When the Saturday SUN caught up with the four horsemen, here’s what they had to say about the big occasion.
Kyle Carter:
“I’m pretty excited about my first Gold Cup ride; a little nervous too, but excited.”
Carter stated that the differences between the Gold Cup and any other race are the facts that it was usually a faster race and everyone was a lot more serious.
When asked about his experiences riding in Canada, he politely and quietly said: “It has helped me to improve, and I have gained valuable experiences by riding four days a week.”
He said his mount, Graeme Hill, has been working excellently and he’s keeping his fingers crossed.
“I’m not worried about the speedsters Apostle and Show Me The Money. I’m hoping they go a good clip – the faster they go the better for me,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to a good break and to get a good position and look to come with one run.”
Jason Leacock:
“I’m taking it easy, as Jonathon Simpson [trainer] has asked me to feel out Little Man Arran in the mornings to get accustomed to him. He’s going pretty well and I’m hoping for the best.”
As to whether he is intimidated by the prospect of riding in such an event, Leacock said, “It’s like any normal race, just that it carries a big name and big purse.”
His strategy for today is to get out there, play it by ear and see how it sorts itself out.
Kenny John:
“I feel very good and I’m happy for the opportunity which has been given to me by the owner and trainer to ride Ring Time in the Gold Cup. I would like to thank them.”
John indicated that the horse was working well and he is expecting a good performance in the Gold Cup. Fresh from his first stint abroad at Northlands Park in Alberta, Canada, John said he intends to remain focused as usual while getting the job done.
Reshaun Latchman:
“It has been one of my dreams to ride in a Gold Cup and I’m feeling confident, although there are a few butterflies,” he said.
Latchman highlighted the fact that the weather pattern had changed, which would give everyone involved a fighting chance.
“I don’t think the speed will hold and my horse Giovedi, who is an improving four-year-old, will be tumbling in the end,” he commented.
“I’m very pleased with him; with my No. 1 priority being staying focused in order to get the job done.” (LY)

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