Horse Racing

Will In Charge loves his fruit juice mix – groom Cleve Walters

Observer writer

Friday, December 07, 2018

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THE grooming of horses is a very difficult job in the racing industry and one which also takes a lot of time and dedication if success is to be gained.

Grooms are the key factors in the conditioning and well-being of horses, so when success is achieved, they have the right to celebrate.

Groom of Diamond Mile winner Will In Charge, Cleve Walters knows his horse well and has put in the time, effort and dedication.

“Everything we asked from him [ Will In Charge] to prepare for this event, he responded without a fuss.

“He is a horse that loves his juice and as long as you can provide him with his mix-up (a mixture of several fruits) he will respond willingly to his training routine,” said Walters.

When asked how difficult it is to get Will In Charge to remain in top shape, Walters responded: “Not difficult. You just need to spend time knowing your horse and the task becomes much easier. One of my main tasks is to feed him and as I said before, he loves his juice and as long as I can provide him with his juice, he is happy as that is what he truly loves.”

After Will In Charge's victory in last Saturday's Diamond Mile, Walters was still on Cloud 9 when the team from the Supreme Racing Guide visited the stables of trainer Robert Pearson on the Monday after the race.

“To say that I am feeling great is only one part of it, really, I can find words to express my true feelings as it is not always that one can boast about winning a race like the Diamond Mile.

“Racing for punters, trainers, owners and groom is much the same. When it is your time to win, it is just your time. Nothing can stop you.

“So, the feeling is just great. I have been taking care of Will In Charge for only two years now and look what it has brought me.

“I have been around horses from I was a little kid. I grew up at the racetrack. I am from Gregory Park community and was born and grew up and still live at the foot of the five-straight course.

“It took me a while to manage to groom my most prized horse in Will In Charge. Before Will In Charge, Regal Selection was the best horse I groomed,” Walters informed.

Although top contender She's A Maneater was missing from the field, Walters said that he was confident Will In Charge would win.

“I did not exceed expectations when the five-year-old chestnut horse won the English-speaking Caribbean richest race at Caymanas Park on Saturday. She's A Maneater is a great horse but my horse was the better competitor for this year and came out on top.

“Same as She's A Maneater was the horse of last year and was unbeaten, Will In Charge is the best this year,” Walter ended.

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