Hall of Fame jockey, Winston 'Fanna' Griffiths, will ride two-time defending champion MARK MY WORD in next Saturday's CTL Superstakes over 2000 metres at Caymanas Park, while four-time champion jockey Omar Walker will switch to arch-rival COMMANDING CHIEF.
Big-race trainer Richard Azan confirmed yesterday that Griffiths will in fact be aboard the 2010 'Horse of the Year', replacing Walker who rode him to victory last year.
Griffiths is Jamaica's leading all-time jockey with close to 1,700 winners and the foremost classic-winning and big-race jockey in over 50 years of racing at Caymanas Park.
Azan was reluctant to explain the switch, but emphasised that Griffiths was the man. Significantly, Griffiths won the very first Red Stripe Superstakes aboard the legendary LEGAL LIGHT in 1978 and proceeded to ride six winners of the prestigious invitational race which marks its 34th running on November 10.
In a likely field of 14 invitees, MARK MY WORD will come face to face with old rival COMMANDING CHIEF, who was second last year, and the classy three-year-old gelding TYPEWRITER who won the Derby and St Leger earlier this season. The Spencer Chung-trained TYPEWRITER was unbeaten in five starts up to Wednesday when losing to NOON IT IS for the first time in open allowance company.
'Superday', the most glittering raceday on the calendar, will also see the 24th running of the CTL Caribbean Sprint Championship (graded stakes) over 1200 metres in which the hot ante-post favourite SAINT CECELIA looks a cinch to make it three in a row and win her 10th consecutive race in the process.
CTL's racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr said the best of local racing will be on show next Saturday.
"Everyone is looking forward to Superday. Because of the many prestigious races, it has become the most ambitious raceday on the calendar, and the excitement should reach fever pitch when it climaxes with the running of the Superstakes," he said.