Samantha Fletcher better than a lot of the boys – trainer Michael Beecham

Observer writer

Friday, January 18, 2019

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FEMALE apprentice, Samantha Fletcher continues to demonstrate that she is blossoming into one of the top performing graduates from the 2018 batch of apprentices with another splendid winning ride aboard the Michael Beecham-owned and trained Super Glitterman at Caymanas Park on Saturday last, January 12, 2019.

Fletcher drove her five-year-old bay mare for all that she was worth across the finishing line to land the gambit by a nose. This was after skilfully fending off fellow apprentices, Daniel Satchell aboard Union Four and Tevin Foster on the late finishing Sweet Destiny from about 100 metres out to register her second career win and first for the season from her sixth ride this year.

In doing so, Fletcher provided Beecham, her apprentice master, with his first winner for 2019.

Beecham in his post-race comments was quick to underscore the hard work put in by Fletcher and her strong devotion to duty in her chosen profession.

Trainer Beecham thinks that Fletcher is a much more capable rider than a number of her male counterparts.

“I was very confident giving Samantha the ride on Super Glitterman in this competitive race. There wasn't any compunction. I am her apprentice master and I look out for her.

“Further, she is willing to learn and is a very tough girl. I can tell you that. She works really hard. All the bad horses, she works all of them, all the time. She is going to become the best of the female jockey, mark my word and she is better than some of the boys riding here too in her group and, as long as she keeps her head on her shoulders and her focus constant, my job is to ensure that she reaches the top. As a female jockey, she looks to be the finest talent, Caymanas Park will produce,” Beecham added.

Fletcher received four rides on the card, the most she has had on any one race day since starting to ride as a licensed apprentice in what Beecham believes was a show of confidence in her riding ability and work ethic.

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