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Horse Racing

WHAT THEY SAY: Louis Richards - RACEHORSE TRAINER

Friday, August 24, 2018

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When did your career start as a trainer?

It is like I was born into racing. I came into the world and saw my family in the sport of horse racing. They were owners of race horses, so it was naturally easy for me to get involved with horses. As I got older, I got more and more involved in the game of horse racing, becoming an owner myself and then training to be a conditioner. I became a trainer in the batch of 2000, which is now 18 years ago and truth be told, I have had no regrets.

Which horse was your first winner?

Super Tarique was my first winner. Super Tarique got the win for me, I remember very well, in the final race of the final race day of the racing year 2000. Of course, there was much joy for those who supported me and for myself. The feeling of winning my first race as a trainer was very wonderful. I was a very happy man and I was thankful for the win when it was finally achieved. From then on, my main aim in racing has always been to win races. It is a wonderful feeling walking into that winners' enclosure and of course, the more the better.

Which horse was your longest odds winner?

Princess Zanai was my longest odd winner. This was at odds of 70-1. It is always good to win races and it is always good, as well, when you win at long odds as you upset the more fancied runners. It was just on Saturday last that I scored a nice upset win with the filly Gift Of Law, winning at odds of 21-1. That was a real nice race to watch as she came from well off the pace to bring home the victory. Gift Of Law is going to win more races.

Which is the best horse you have trained so far?

The best horse that I have trained so far in my career was My Space. This horse gave of his best every time, he raced. He was tough, resilient and a real nice horse to train. Gift Of Law is not a bad horse either but I will have to wait to see how good she really is but for now it is My Space.

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

The best horses, and I say horses, as it is really difficult to choose just one horse, I have seen race at Caymanas Park were Harlequin and Legal Light. They both were two very outstanding horses who achieved outstanding wonders in racing. Harlequin had speed and could do his thing in the longer races and should have won that race in Puerto Rico. Legal Light carried weight, lots of weight for his entire career, yet he was still able to win so many races against real good horses. Now there is the filly She's A Maneater who is also a very good horse, with some rather outstanding achievements but from my perspective she has not yet faced the calibre of horses that those two, that is, Harlequin and Legal Light have faced and beaten. She's A Maneater is still in racing, so we will see how good she is with time.

Who influenced your career in racing most?

No one in particular. It is just that I was born into racing so it comes natural to me and I really like what I do. Horse racing is a very tough game but it is what is for me.

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