Top Barbadian jockey Patrick Husbands, who for years has been campaigning at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto, Canada, will be going after his second successive Gold Cup win when the Sandy Lane sponsored race runs off at the Garrison Savannah on Saturday.
Husbands is expected to partner either one of Kenneth and Sarah Ramsay’s two horses, Gentleman’s Kitten or Sayler’s Creek.
Husbands and the owners combined to win last year’s Gold Cup with Major Marvel, and they will be looking to either one of their two entrants to give them two wins in-a-row in the Caribbean’s most prestigious horse race.
It was 25 years ago – 1990 to be exact – that Husbands rode his first Gold Cup winner. He was a young teenager at the time when he booted home .Vardar for trainer Chally Jones and owner Sylvie Beuzelin
It took him another 16 years before he won his second Gold Cup race. The year was 2006 when he piloted .Sharp Impact to victory for trainer Robert Peirce and owner Gay Smith
His next win came four years later – in 2010 – when he booted home Sterwins for owner Eugene Melnyk and trainer Mark Cassey.
He had to wait another four years – 2014 – to register his fourth Gold Cup victory, and that was with Major Marvel last year. And he’ll be hoping to register his fifth win come Saturday aboard either .Gentleman’s Kitten or Sayler’s Creek
Only two other jockeys have ridden four Gold Cup winners. They are .Venice Richards and Jonathan Jones
Richards’ four wins came aboard Bentom (1986), and Sandford Prince (1989, 1991 and 1992); while Jones landed his four consecutive wins, (Blast Of Storm in 2000, 2001 and 2002, and Thady Quill in 2003).
The only other jockey with more than two Gold Cup wins is Anderson Ward, who is now a trainer.
Ward has three Gold Cup wins against his name with the first being aboard Peace Envoy in 1999, and he returned to win the race in 2008 with Pure Temptation and in 2009 with Daylight Express.