Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ramsammy: Only thing to beat is the record

THE bigman in town, Emile Ramsammy, could be headline news as the local racing fraternity and his supporters bid him farewell after today’s racing at Santa Rosa Park. The former local champion is set to return to Woodbine racetrack, in Canada, next week.

Ramsammy, who has been in the country since January, currently leads the Jockeys’ standings as he did last year before he departed to Canada. His stint in his homeland over the last couple of years has re-energised the sport, drawing his many supporters to the track to see him in action. 

It will be emotional for Ramsammy, who continues to share his experience and knowledge gained over the years in the sport to stakeholders with a view of improving the sport here. He spoke with the Express yesterday morning and shared his views about today’s feature event, the 1,350-metre Starlight Stakes, in which he partners Bigman In Town, 

“I really think the only thing I have to beat is the track record. It is very tough leaving home. I have had a very good time as usual,” said Ramsammy. “I saw Bigman In Town run once since I have been here. I won that race on the turf with Nominee. 

“He (Bigman In Town) has proven himself. He is the champion horse... a nice horse. I really believe 6 3/4 furlongs is his ideal distance,” added Ramsammy. Nobel Abrego, who partners Headline News in the aforementioned contest, when asked about his mount’s chances, replied: “Soup.”

The race lacks quantity, but is made up of quality with this country’s two leading creoles, 2013 Horse of the Year Bigman In Town, and Headline News-- last year’s Rebublic Bank Gold Cup victor-- in the line-up.  

This grudge rematch between the pair has patrons arguing either rival’s case. Headline News, who has only seven starts, continues to improve with every race. He displayed his versatility, when in his first start of the season, on the turf, he beat Chase The Dragon, who has raced unbeaten since that defeat. 

Rounding out the five-runner field are Pot Of Gold, Onetokeep, and Plum Plum. From this trio, Pot Of Gold should complete the trifecta, behind Headline News and Bigman In Town. 

And if you are wondering when next Ramsammy will be back on home turf: “Very possible on Easter Monday,” he intimated. “I will be riding at Woodbine on (Easter) Sunday and will take a red eye flight.” Ramsammy ended by offering an open invite to his loyal supporters to come and see him ride (today) and promised that they wouldn’t be disappointed.