Chatrie boots home four
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Hot apprentice Aaron Chatrie stole the show at Caymanas Park yesterday, riding a fabulous four-timer on the nine-race programme.
His winners were HERA at odds of 7-5 for trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes in the first race; LADY GORAKHPUR at 9-5 for veteran trainer Harry Jaghai in the fourth; the vastly improved RIP CURRENT, a 4-5 favourite, for trainer Spencer Chung in the seventh; and 2-1 favourite HACKLETON for Nunes in the closing race.
As a result of this windfall, Chatrie pushed his overall total of wins to 29 and his season's tally to 23, going past title-chasing jockey Paul 'Country' Francis to be second in the standings to champion Omar Walker, who rode two winners on the card.
Walker's winners were 1-9 favourite SIR VON and DUST ROCK, a 6-5 favourite in the Roderick 'Pilot' Francis Memorial Trophy over 1200 metres.
A 2009 graduate of the Jockeys' School, Chatrie started riding on Wednesday, September 2 and had the distinction of being the first from the batch of 19 graduates to ride a winner when STEEL DE CAT (his very first ride) won the day's fourth race.
Since then, his riding has improved considerably and in many ways, that insatiable will to win is reminiscent of a young Walker during his first year in the saddle.
"I'm really enjoying my riding," said the 23-year-old apprentice, who claims 3.0kg. "I have won with some good horses like SAINT CECELIA, HAIL THE GENIUS, COLEMAN'S ROCK and RIP CURRENT and I hope my form will continue," he added.
Meanwhile, the Wayne DaCosta-trained American 3-y-o colt, SIR VON, made it two-in-a- row with another impressive display in the third race, while the Lazel Khwalsingth-owned and trained DUST ROCK ran on strongly a furlong out to win the feature race for $180,000 .