Passionate return by Georgina Sergeon
AFTER two years out of the saddle because of injuries received in a terrible fall, the country's only female jockey Georgina Sergeon was finally able to mount up yesterday on Good Life in the second race.
It was an emotional, yet pleasing occasion for Sergeon, as she was warmly greeted by racing fans at the track, some of whom shouted their respect for her determination to return to competitive race riding, while others loudly wished her well as she entered the saddling barn area for the first time since January 25, 2012.
"It is really good to be officially back in the saddle. The task now is to find winners, so I am going to work hard at that and also to keep healthy and strong," Sergeon said.
She finished third on Good Life behind runaway winner and first-time starter Street Dancer from the barn of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta. "Well, it was a nice feeling in the saddle. For me there was no pain, all went well, and Good Life ran nicely up the straight," a confident-looking Sergeon said after her first race.
The day's feature, the Altamont Armond Memorial Cup run over 2,000 metres, ended in a rather easy win for Saint Mary with former champion jockey Trevor 'Slicer' Simpson. This was Simpson's second winner on the card, having scored earlier on Blame It On Me for trainer Dwight Chen.
The highly anticipated return of Boy Wonder, heavily touted as one of the better three-year-olds around, provided another win for the progeny of Traditional - Jamaica Dream over non-winners of two company. Boy Wonder was piloted by Omar Walker, and is trained by Ian Parsard.
In a show of exactly why he is the champion jockey, Dane Nelson rode a truly great race on All Correct to win the top-rated race on the day over 1,400 metres. Nelson waited, five behind the leaders, and when favourite Wille Goldsmith (Omar Walker) made his move leaving the 600-metre pole he simply followed, with All Correct responding well.
All Correct took the lead at the top of the straight and despite the late appearance of Sir South, the strong and vigourous Nelson drove home the five-year-old dark bay colt to his second win this year.