WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Barbadian Renaldo Cumberbatch rode a triple and Guyana’s Rohan Singh made his presence felt with a brace, as Caribbean jockeys continued to dominate the early exchanges in the new season at Assiniboia Downs.
Riding at the western Canada racetrack on Monday, Cumberbatch made the headlines on the seven-race card with victories in race two with 4-1 chance Artie in the Park, in race five aboard 13-1 bet Foxy Champ before also taking race seven with Real Heart, installed at odds of 9-1.
Singh, meanwhile, raised the curtain on the day by winning race one with 6-1 bet While I Was Away before following up in race four with 4-1 chance Tough Nut to Crack.
Cumberbatch tops the standings with five wins after just two weeks of the four-month campaign with reigning champion and fellow Barbadian Chris Husbands second on four.
Singh is one of three jockeys with three wins but sits fifth.
Cumberbatch, who finished a disappointing seventh last season with a mere 20 wins, opened his account with a narrow score when he piloted five-year-old brown gelding Artie in the Park to victory over the three-year-old and upwards in a five-furlong sprint.
Artie in the Park stalked from third as Dusty’s Vision set the pace but Cumberbatch produced a rally in the stretch to haul in the leader and get up by a neck late.
Cumberbatch then paired with five-year-old dark bay gelding Foxy Champ to turn back the three-year-old and upwards by a length, in another five-furlong sprint.
Wouf de Douf posted the early fractions as Red Kolo Cup and Truly North chased, with Cumberbatch racing Foxy Champ off the pace.
Cumberatch closed the gelding well, making a strong run on the outside to take control in the closing stages.
His final win came courtesy a clinical ride aboard nine-year-old gelding Real Heart, as he dominated the three-year-old and upwards by 4-1/2 lengths.
The pair dueled with Husbands’ Grand Pulpit before opening up a lead on the late turn and charging to the finish with no challenger on the horizon.