A sporting legend has died  with the passing of the the great Barbados jockey Venice “Pappy” Richards in Trinidad. 

He will always be remembered for his rivalry with another legend Challenor “Chally” Jones competing at the highest level. Venice won 4 Barbados Gold Cups, 4 Barbados Derby wins and 5 Barbados Guineas. He had a close association with owner Sir David Seale and his wins on Sandford Prince and Bentom in the Gold Cup brought him fame. He also won many stirring victories in Trinidad and America. 

Venice won his 1st victory at the Garrison in 1962 riding Forest Wood to start an endearing rivalry with “Chally” Jones. They dominated racing for two decades with Venice winning Barbados Champion Jockey 9 times. In 1991 he was awarded the Silver Crown of Merit by the Govt. of Barbados and later inducted by the Barbados Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and the Trinidad and Tobago Jockeys Hall of Fame. 

After retirement, he lived nearby to Santa Rosa Track when he enjoyed  much success. Rest In Peace Venice “Pappy” Richards, a legend in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago racing.