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Ellis, Walker for Jockeys' Challenge

Published:Friday | November 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Former champion jockey Shane Ellis and Omar Walker will join forces with jockeys from Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados to complete against top English jockeys Frankie Dettori and Kieron Fallon representing a strong UK team in the UK versus Caribbean Jockeys' Challenge at Santa Rosa Park in T & T on Saturday, November 29.

Dettori and Fallon, both many-time English champions, will team up with other past champions Jamie Spencer and Seb Sanders, along with big-race jockeys Tom Queally and Jimmy Fortune on the so called 'dream team'.

The Caribbean team comprises Ellis and Walker as well as Brian Boodramsingh and Ronald Ali from Trinidad along with Rickey Walcott and Andy Trotman from Barbados.

Chris Armond, chief executive officer at the Arima Race Club, disclosed that the event was being held in collaboration with British promoter Jeff Lawton on the big Champions Stakes feature over 1800 metres at Santa Rosa.

The race will feature reigning Horse of the Year BIGMAN IN TOWN, to be ridden by Dettori for Jamaican trainer Gary Subratie, the T&T Triple Crown winner MOMENTUM who, having won the Triple Crown, is in line to collect a million bonus if he wins the Champions Stakes for champion trainer John O'Brien, and the horse he beat in the derby two months ago, his then stable-companion and fellow three-year-old PRINCESS POPSTAR.

PRINCESS POPSTAR. has since changed stables, moving from O'Brien to former champion Glenn Mendez. Jamaican jockey Percy Williams will renew his association with 'POPSTAR'.

Armond also revealed that promoting a Jockeys' Challenge was very expensive.

He explained that international riders such as Dettori, Fallon and Spencer charge appearance fees, in addition to hotel accommodation, meals, air and ground transportation.

- O.C.