Champion-in-waiting Rico Walcott reeled off four wins at Century Mile on Sunday, including the capture of the feature CAN$40 000 Don Getty Handicap with 9-2 chance Go Away, to dominate the 10-race card in western Canada.
Having made infrequent appearances in recent weeks, Barbadian Walcott returned in full force to pair with the James Brown-trained four-year-old gelding to beat the three-year-olds and upward by half a length in a time of one minute, 50.09 seconds, going a mile and eighth.
Walcott also produced winners in race two with favourite Chianti, in race three with another favourite Mr Dazzle and in race five with yet another punters’ choice Provocative Prince.
With the success, Walcott stormed to 67 wins for the season, 21 clear of second placed Venezuelan Rigo Sarmiento, and is virtually assured of his maiden Century Mile title when the season wraps up next Sunday.
Fellow Barbadian Antonio Whitehall, who won twice on the day’s card, lies third in the standings on 43 wins.
Racing in the feature in race nine, Whitehall’s Regal Max and Sir Bronx dueled through the quarter in 23.27 seconds with Real Grace and Trooper John in hot pursuit, and Walcott racing Go Away down in seventh in the 10-horse field.
After passing the half-mile in 46.71, Jamaican jockey Shamaree Muir moved 19-1 chance Deep Explorer into contention on the outside and Walcott also cued up his bid by moving Go Away into fourth.
With the two early leaders fading, the stretch run became a duel between Go Away and Deep Explorer with Walcott prevailing in the late stages.
Earlier, the 29-year-old opened his account when he combined with seven-year-old mare Chianti to beat the three-year-olds and upward in a six furlong sprint by half-length in a front-running effort.
Walcott followed up immediately when he brought four-year-old bay gelding Mr Dazzle from off the pace to out-gun the leaders in the stretch and storm to the wire two lengths clear, to get the better of the three-year-old and upward in a 5-½ furlong dash.
And his third win came over seven furlongs when he out-sprinted 9-1 bet Torchlight early on with three-year-old chestnut gelding Provocative Prince before controlling the encounter and beating the three-year-old and upward maidens by 3-½ lengths.