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DaCOSTA'S DILEMMA

Who will ride Triple Crown heroine She's A Maneater following injury to Omar Walker?

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER

Friday, October 20, 2017



Tough decisions are now being faced by champion trainer Wayne DaCosta after the untimely injury to champion jockey and stable rider Omar Walker. Walker fell from one of DaCosta's two-year-olds last week on the exercise track and broke his wrist.

The champion jockey then underwent surgery on Friday last at the Andrews Memorial Hospital in Kingston. He is now at home recovering from his injuries and will be out of the saddle for six to eight weeks.

DaCosta now finds himself in a quandary. Who will ride his Triple Crown-winning filly, She's A Maneater, first of all in the 10-furlong Superstakes in November, and then in the Diamond Mile on December 2?

DaCosta was forced to make several changes over the two-day race meeting of Saturday October 14 and Monday October 16 (Heroes' Day), as Walker was scheduled to ride several of his horses. The champion trainer saddled five winners over the two days of racing, with Jerome Innis winning three races ( Lovely Day, Queen Of Bagdad and Gold Miner). Oneil Mullings ( Brandy) and Phillip Parchment ( Hover Craft) rode one winner each.

“First of all, I am very happy that Omar (Walker) is out of the hospital recuperating. It was difficult for him right after the injury when he went to the Spanish Town Hospital, as it took forever for him to get medical treatment for his broken wrist.

“He (Walker) will be out of the saddle for a while. I was told by the surgeon who operated on him, Dr Dean Wright, that Walker will need six to eight weeks to get better. He will have to be very careful at first, then gradually ease himself back into competitive race riding,” DaCosta disclosed.

Who will replace Walker on She's A Maneater? DaCosta was uncertain, especially as the filly has known only one rider – Walker – since she made her debut last September.

“Right now, I cannot say who will be riding She's A Maneater. I am in constant dialogue with owner Winston Kong, and hopefully we can work something out.

“The options are limited right now, but I am closely monitoring the situation and hopefully a decision can be made in short order,” the champion trainer said.

Whether or not he will be seeking riders from overseas, DaCosta was even more uncertain.

“No possible option has been ruled out, whether local or overseas. I am open right now to finding a positive solution to the situation facing me, but at the moment I cannot confirm a final decision,” he declared.

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