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WHAT THEY SAY - Christopher Pierre - RACEHORSE TRAINER

Friday, August 18, 2017

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When did you start your career as a trainer?

I started my career as a trainer at Belmont Park in New York in 2014, and I started training here at Caymanas Park in June of 2015. It was an easy decision for me to go into the racing industry as nearly all of my family members are involved in the sport. Peter-John Scully, Norris Scully, and Richard McLeod – they all are involved in racing and they had some great horses including Warfare and so on. My dad, Claude Pierre was also in the sport, so racing is really in the blood, making it natural for me to get involved in racing.

Which horse was your first winner?

My first winner was Explosive Princess. It was great; the feeling of winning my first race was wonderful. I was a very happy man that day and that also is a day that I will remember for the rest of my life. Explosive Princess was running some good races and she was fit, happy, and healthy, and I was very confident in her chances that day and she delivered as expected. A truly great moment for me and everyone involved.

Which horse was your longest odds winner?

Laguna Point at odds of 13-1 was my longest odds winner. That day (May 28, 2016) she made one move to win by a half-length over Gold Screw going 1,200 metres. It doesn't matter the odds, all that matters is winning and I am always happy when I win races as the feeling is great and there is always that will to continue to win.

Which is the best horse that you have trained?

Well, the best horse that I have trained so far in my career is The Promise Land. He looks like he has the class above the rest of the horses in the stable. He is a special horse who has been doing well so far. My hope now is that he ( The Promise Land) will develop and continue to make the necessary progress for him to win more races, and that is the objective right now.

Which is the best horse you have seen race at Caymanas Park?

There have been some good horses at Caymanas Park but to me, I would say that The Viceroy is the best. The Viceroy won races from five furlongs to two turns, which I think is very outstanding. He won his races very impressively and his versatility is really something quite extraordinary.

Who influenced your career the most?

Since I have been in racing many people have supported me – including family and friends – and for that I am very grateful, as sometimes you really need the encouragement as racing is not an easy endeavour. But the person that has influenced my career the most is jockey Wesley Henry.

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