Symbolic first win for apprentice Radesh Roman

Observer writer

Friday, October 19, 2018

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Apprentice jockey Radesh Roman, the 20-year-old cousin of six-time champion Omar Walker, recorded his first victory on only his seventh ride at Caymanas Park.

The St John's College graduate won Monday's first race over eight-and-a-half furlongs (1,700m) on 3-1 betting option She's Symbolic, trained by Anthony Nunes.

“To be honest, words can't really explain my feelings right now. I have been working so hard in the morning and I have been waiting on this for so long and for it to have come true, I am really proud of myself and I must thank the trainer for the ride and the people who are behind me,” an elated Roman said.

She's Symbolic was held off the pace for quite a while before making her run at the half-mile (800m). She drew alongside Uncle Honey in deep stretch and then went on to win by 2 lengths.

“The key to victory was following the trainer's instructions. First, I got a clean break and held She's Symbolic off the pace but coming to the six-furlong point she was pulling me so hard, I had to hold tight because I was riding to the trainer's instructions.

“Leaving the four-furlongs, she wanted to go through but I had to wait and wait and at the three-furlong point – that was when I got the space I needed to go through and we went on our way.

“The trainer said that it didn't matter where I was in the race, I must move her from the 2 -furlong point and that was exactly what I did and got the job done,” explained Roman, who became sixth apprentice from the recent batch to win a race.

Roman then indicated that there is still much to be done.

“I love horse racing from I was younger. I was always fascinated by horses and for my cousin, Omar Walker, he is someone I admire a lot.

“I have a lot of goals, I want to achieve and so I have to continue putting in the hard work and get a lot of rides to win more races,” said Roman.

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