Apprentice Harvey steals show with triple at Caymanas Park
Apprentice rider Bebeto Harvey highlighted the United Racehorse Trainers' Association (URTA) meet at Caymanas Park yesterday with three winners, including the 43-1 outsider PRINCESS SALLEMA for trainer Rowan Mathie in the eighth race, confined to apprentices over the straight five course.
Harvey, a past student of Waterford High who started riding on September 26 after graduation from the Jockeys' School, became only the second apprentice from the latest batch of 17 to ride a triple. Linton Steadman holds the distinction of doing so twice, the more recent on the November 14 Superstakes Day programme.
Harvey booted home SIK THE BISMARK at 9-5 for trainer Victor Williams in the fourth race over 1300 metres, followed by GANJA MAN at 12-1 for dreadlocked trainer Terrence McWhinney in the sixth race over the straight for maiden three-year-olds and PRINCESS SALLEMA, who held on by three-quarter length from the fast-finishing 2-1 favourite TERRA MARIQUE.
Harvey, who is apprenticed to big-race trainer Richard Azan, could not contain his glee.
"Having ridden two winners on a programme prior to today, I was looking forward to my first triple and had a feeling it would come today," he said. "However, after winning aboard the first two, I was looking to the highly fancied Our Creation to close it out in the seventh race, not knowing it would come aboard the outsider Princess Sallema.
"For me, it's a marvellous feeling and I will continue to work hard to maintain my fitness level and weight," added the promising 20-year-old.