Trinidad and Tobago’s Canada-based apprentice jockey Lenny Seecharan last week won the Hastings Racecourse’s 2019 Champion Apprentice title.
The 23-year-old won 18 races to become the champion, as he ended with two more wins than Jose Ascenio with ten and six more than his twin-brother Learie Seecharan with six.
The Trinidadian brothers had been tipped to excel by several trainers and top jockeys at the racecourse and have certainly lived up to that billing.
During the last card, Lenny landed Expensive Taste for trainer Mike Anderson and his brother ensured there was a double for them when he landed Marshal Swindle at odds of 15-1, also for Anderson. Lenny then went on the land Silent Eagle at odds of 4/1 for trainer Andiazi Collins.
Speaking to Guardian Media about the achievement, Lenny said, “I was happy to have ridden the two winners for trainer (John) Snow as the horses travelled well in the race and picked up when I asked him to run. My intention was to get as much experience as I can and land as many winners as possible for the 2019 season.”
Lenny thanked God for his success and his agent for the tremendous job which he did. He also thanked his valet for his effort with both his brother Learie and himself and the trainers who gave him the horses to help him win the Hastings Championship.
Both Seecharans are expected to do T&T proud again as the local racing season continues.
Last year, the identical twin brothers-act moved out Henrik and Daniel Sedin, the Swedish twins who played for the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL, from the Canadian sporting limelight. The pair have taken the British Columbia sports scene by storm with their performances in the latter part of this year. Both Lenny and Learie had been riding Saturdays and Sundays for the past three months of the thoroughbred season at the Hastings Racecourse.
The twins made their racing debuts together as 19-year-old apprentice jockeys at Santa Rosa Park in Arima on March 28, 2015. Lenny made his way to Hastings in 2017 and after finishing in the money 30 times including five wins, he convinced Learie to join him for the 52-day meet this season. They excelled on the opening day, Lenny finished second and third in his two mounts and Learie wound up third in his only ride of the day.