Jockey Trevor Patel, who had to play second fiddle to his arch rival A Sandesh who walked away with the season's championship crown, rode with vengeance on the final day of the Mumbai racing season, winning six races from eight mounts on the nine-race Sunday card.
Trevor's winners were Sans Peur, Ame, Rosella, Sky Mine, Courtship and Baryshnikov; two of them--Sans Peur & Courtship, were trained by Pesi Shroff.
By riding six winners on a single day's card, Trevor emulated the feat of former legendary rider like Aslam Kader who had ridden all his six mounts on a day's card to victory on the same Mahalaxmi racetrack way back in 1993.
In fact, old-timers who watched Trevor in action on Sunday compared his incredible performance to Kader's riding at the peak of his career in the early 1990s. "His rivalry with Sandesh reminded me of Aslam Kader's rivalry with Pesi Shroff," said Dinesh Churi who has been racing for over 40 years. But Suresh Patel, Trevor's father, told mid-day both Trevor and Sandesh are close buddies off the racetrack. "It's another matter they fight tooth and nail in a race," he said, "but in reality they are very good friends."
Suresh Patel also told mid-day that Trevor will soon be getting married to his sweetheart Sneha P G, a Bangalore girl. He said, "It's a love-cum-arranged marriage. The girl is a family friend." The marriage will take place on May 11 at Bangalore, followed by a reception in his home town Pune on May 15.
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