Jockey Jalon Samuel became the second jockey after Jono Jones to win a hat-trick of Sandy Lane Gold Cups when he scored on the Ken and Sarah Ramsey-owned
As they passed the stands for the first time in the $214,000 event going nine furlongs, Samuels had the former Canadian Queens Plate winner in sixth position in the eight-horse field in front Marcus Antonius and last year’s winner Dorsett bringing up the rear.
Horse number 9 Infrared had set an easy pace going the first quarter in 25.1 seconds from the much talked about Ken Ramsey second entry Shining Copper tucked into second place. As they reached the two-furlong pole and the pace started to quicken Infrared faded with Shining Copper picking up a blistering closing speed. The race looked all over with a winner assured but Jalon Samuel with his trademark strong-hand ride dug deep to get home from stable mate Shining Copper.
Infrared ran onto be third and the highest placed Barbados-owned horse was the former double Gold Cup winner Dorsett who had to settle for fourth position.
Rider Jalon Samuel has now matched the record of retired Jockey Jones in winning a hat-trick of Gold Cups after winning the 2016 and 2017 event with Dorsett. Samuel has also equalled the record of Patrick Husbands and retired jockeys Venice Richards And Jones winning the most Gold Cups with four. Samuel won his first Gold Cup with Dancing David in 2012.
The talented jockey will look to match another record next year also set by Jono Jones who won four Gold cups in a row and a record fifth.
For owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, they will be celebrating their third Gold Cup in five years after winning it in 2014 and 2015 but had to settle for second place over the last two years. The Ramseys share second place overall in the winning-owners list on three victories with Sally Arbib and Gay Smith who have also won three Gold Cups.
Sir David Seale leads all owners in the Gold Cup with six wins.
Ramsey received the trophy in front of a packed Grandstand with his grandson Nolan and said he would surely be back again next year. Ramsey was all smiles as he ran first and second. He is also the owner of second placed horse Shining Copper and becomes the fifth owner to do this after Gay Smith who ran first and second with Sharp Impact and Zarad in 2006. The Aysha stables had first and second in 2007 with Whiskey For Me and Who’s Weaving, Lord Michael Taylor in 2009 with Daylight Express and Bounce Bak and Sir David Seale who was the owner of the first and second horses in 2012 Dancing David and John Brian.
Winning trainer Michael Maker scored his third success in the race for the Ramseys.