WHAT THEY SAY: Rayan Wilson - Racehorse Jockey

Friday, April 21, 2017

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When did you start your career as a jockey?

Growing up in Waterhouse, St Andrew, I used to live close to two trainers, Barrington Rambally and Norman DeSouza, the latter now training in Canada, and they sparked my early interest in the sport of horse racing. However, it was a friend by the name of ‘Iraq’ who was the one who carried me to the racetrack and introduced me to the trainers. I eventually fell in love with the horses and even when I was going to Bridgeport High School, I would come to the track, as my mind was fixed on the horses. I then got enrolled in the jockeys’ training programme and got my licence in 2006, graduating with the likes of Omar Walker and company.




Wh
ich horse was your first winner?


My first winner was aboard a horse by the name of
Cordite. It was an overwhelming feeling that day when I won my first race. It was just pure joy and excitement for me as I was a very happy man. The day I won on
Cordite, it was a very rainy day and the horses were not visible on the television until about the last half-a-furlong. It was like a blessing for me to win my first race under the showers of blessings. I was very happy that day.





Which horse was your longest odds winner?


I won at odds of 99-1 around three times before. I won aboard
Natural Atlanta,
Marine Tutor and I can’t remember the other horse’s name that I won with but it was three times winning at 99-1. The feeling winning races has never changed. I am always happy whenever I win races. Long odds or short odds, I am a happy man.





Which is the best horse that you have ridden?


Well, I have ridden some very good horses during my career so far. I have ridden Major Mayer, who has won the Superstakes before, I have ridden
Triple Account and the improving
Gary Glitter. Those three horses are three very good horses but if I had to pick one, I would say that
Major Mayer is the best horse that I have ridden in my career, so far, simply because of the fact that he has won the Superstakes before and that was a very good achievement for him.




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


I have seen some very good horses race here at Caymanas Park. I have seen
Eros who was a talented racehorse but the best I have seen was the brilliant filly
Blumenthal. For a filly to be carrying 133 pounds all the time and beating up everybody was good. She won her races very impressively and very easy as well. Charles Hussey cantered on her every time, no one couldn’t beat her, and they had to retire her.
Blumenthal was the best horse at Caymanas at that time. She lost the first time she raced to her stable companion and after that she just kept on winning and winning. No matter the weight she carried, she just kept on beating up everybody.




Who influenced your career the most?


When I stated out it was my friends ‘Iraq’, Barrington Rambally, and Norman DeSousa. But of late, you have trainers such as Gordon Lewis and Dalton Sirjue and owner Marvin Fisher. Those are the people who have kept me alive in the sport with constant support, encouragement and guidance on a regular basis. There have been others, so I say publicly, thanks to all.

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