EDMONTON, Canada – Seven-time reigning champion Rico Walcott led a Caribbean domination of Sunday’s eight-race card at Northlands, when he landed a double to extend his early-season form.
The Barbadian snatched wins in race five with 5-1 bet Texas Alley Kat and in race seven with Timely Prize, to move his tally to seven from 24 rides.
He kicked off his success over six furlongs, making all the running with five-year-old roan mare Texas Alley Kat as they trounced the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares by six lengths.
Walcott’s second win also came over six furlongs, combining with six-year-old chestnut gelding Timely Prize to dismiss the two-year-olds and upward by 2-1/4 lengths.
They survived a bump at the start with Wilko Say What, duelled with Art’s Silver – ridden by Northlands multiple-time champion Barbadian Quincy Welch – before steadily drawing clear in the stretch.
Meanwhile, Jamaican star Shamaree Muir also produced a brace, albeit needing a disqualification to achieve the honour.
He rode his second winner of the season, partnering with 4-1 chance Gayshan in race two to beat the three-year-old and upward maiden fillies and mares by a neck, also over six furlongs.
And he finished second aboard 3-1 chance John’s Quest in race three over six furlongs, only for winner Twist and Strike – with Barbadian rider Rey Williams aboard – to be disqualified for interference.
Muir and John’s Quest were subsequently upgraded to the top spot.
Trinidadian Keishan Balgobin opened his account for the season when he carried 2-1 chance The Grey One to a dominant 12-3/4 length win over the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares, in race one going six furlongs.