Walker fit to ride today
Ainsley Walters, Gleaner Writer
OMAR Walker will honour his mounts on today's nine-race card at Caymanas Park after a minor injury at the start of Thursdays second race had forced him off his remaining assignments.
The four-time champion jockey was injured after RULES OF THE CAT reared while awaiting the start of the 1100-metre event, injuring Walker's leg.
Walker had opened the 10-race card with victory aboard Anthony Nunes ROYAL ASSAULT. One of his mounts, TIMEFORACAT, went on to win the fourth event with Andre Martin astride.
Yesterday morning, Walker told The Gleaner he was solid as a rock and raring to go for today's nine-race programme.
"When the horse reared, he squeezed my left leg against the gate. My leg was cramped. There was a little swelling but I am okay now. I worked horses this morning. I am solid as a rock, said Walker, who will partner Richard Azans EDISON in this afternoons eighth race, an overnight allowance at 1100 metres.
"I rate him with a winning chance. He runs with those horses all the time and beats them. Most of them are claimers and up in class. He has the back class. He is nice and should beat those horses," he added.
Walker, who rode at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, Canada, last summer, said he will be watching his prospects on the local scene before making a decision on another North American move.
"I'll see what's happening. If I have a good horse to ride in the classics, I am not going anywhere. If I get a good contract to ride somewhere, I will take it," he said.
Azan, Walker said, has been putting him on some good horses. This, however, coincides with Azans first choice, champion jockey Dane Nelsons suspension.
"I am working horses for him and getting rides. I am not sure if it's because Dane is out but I am putting in the work in the mornings for him and getting rides. He's not the type of person who will work with you in the mornings and not use you on race days," Walker pointed out.