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Samantha Fletcher happy to be back in the saddle

Published:Sunday | December 19, 2021 | 12:16 AM

Female jockey Samantha Fletcher placed herself in the record books as she rode HONEY BUNCH to victory in the 11th race at Caymanas Park on Monday, September 27, 2021. It was her third win on the 11-race card.
Female jockey Samantha Fletcher placed herself in the record books as she rode HONEY BUNCH to victory in the 11th race at Caymanas Park on Monday, September 27, 2021. It was her third win on the 11-race card.

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LEADING FEMALE jockey Samantha Fletcher said she is delighted at her return to the saddle and she is now hoping to continue the good form she had begun to display earlier this year.

Fletcher, 29, made her return to the saddle at Caymanas Park last weekend almost three months after suffering a broken right thumb during a three-horse spill at Caymanas Park on October 9.

Fletcher fell from her mount, UNCLE VINNIE, in the feature 10th race for the Vassell ‘Jolly Man’ Najair Memorial Cup, which was contested over five and half furlongs.

She was rushed to the Spanish Town Hospital, where she received treatment to the injured finger.

“I am just happy to be back because this is my job and so I just want to continue to do my job of being a jockey,” said Fletcher.

“The injury has healed and so I have been working a lot of horses in the morning and things have been going great and trainers are happy that I am back and so it is up to me from here on,” she said.

At the time of the spill, Fletcher had been in impressive form, winning 14 races this year. She has, so far, ridden 24 winners in her career.

HISTORY MAKER

Also this year, and not long before her spill either, she became the first female jockey in the history of Caymanas Park to boot home three winners in one race-day.

Fletcher pointed out that the doctors told her they were very surprised the injury had healed so quickly.

“They (doctors) told me that I should be able to resume riding next year, but when I went back a few weeks ago and they saw it, they said I could start riding now and that is what I am doing,” she said.

“I wasn’t all that fit over the weekend but I am a very determined person and so I am working really hard to get back in shape and to be on top of my game,” Fletcher said.

“The aim is to return with a bang because before this injury, I was winning some races and so I just want to take it one day at a time and see what happens for the rest of the year,” said the former Innswood High School student.