SVREL mourns death of jockey Vassell Najair

By October 08, 2018

The management and staff of Supreme Ventures Racing & Entertainment Limited (SVREL) have expressed condolences to the family of former jockey Vassell Najair, who died on Monday following in a mishap at the Caymanas Park racetrack late last month.

The horse Perfect Asset struck Najair on Wednesday, September 26, prior to the start of the seventh race. Three five-year-old mares bolted from the starting gate and ran onto a narrow walkway leading from the grandstand area to the winners' enclosure.

Najai tried to block the runaway horse but suffered head injuries. He was rushed to the Spanish Town Hospital but failed to recover.

News of his death has shaken the Caymanas Park racing community.

“We are very saddened to hear of Mr Najair’s passing. He was a very popular and well-loved horseman who gave a great deal to the sport. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family at this very difficult time,” said SVREL CEO Major Hugh Blake.

His sentiments were echoed by SVREL Chairman, Michael Bernard.

“This is indeed very sad news, which is sure to be felt across the industry. We will certainly keep his family in our prayers,” he said.

Najair began his racing career on July 29, 1967, winning a double on his first day. He partnered Gold Spoon to victory in the third race and then returned to land the ninth with Chantrelle.

During his career that saw him land 278 winners, Najair recorded his last win on August 7, 2017, aboard Peter McMaster's Ras Emanuel.

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