Jockeys not really on the Derby hustle this year

Friday, June 22, 2018

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The customary merry-go-round by the jockeys in securing rides, especially competitive rides in the Derby, is noticeably weak this year as all the principal runners have secured their riders for the June 30, Boom Jamaica Derby.

Marquesas, not at his very best this season, continues to be the mount of Shane Ellis, who has a knack for riding big race winners.

Trainer Patrick Taylor is sticking with the services of apprentice Javaniel Patterson who guided Commander Two to victory in the 2000 Guineas. It was Patterson in the saddle again when Commander Two prepped for the Derby earlier this month.

Fayrouz is almost certain to be guided in the Derby by apprentice Linton Steadman who, with the passage of time, is gaining the reputation of being a Classic race winner. It was Steadman who partnered Bigdaddykool to victory in the 2016, Jamaica St Leger and Fayouz in this year's Jamaica Oaks. Both Classic race winners for Steadman are trained by Anthony Nunes, as is Fayrouz.

From the shed of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, it now appears that Gary Richards will stay aboard Drummer Boy following their triumph together in the Governor's Cup, while Phillip Parchment may well do duties atop, Ricky Ricardo.

Leading rider Anthony Thomas is expected to ride, Royal Aviator conditoned by Marvin Campbell.

Former champion Dick Cardenas is slated to ride the Richard Azan -trained My Beirut.

There is talk swirling around the Park that champion jockey Omar Walker is going to partner the Lincoln Lungs-trained Free Marie.

Jockey Robert Halledeen, it is rumoured, will saddle up on Disability Charm.

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