Three-way jockey duel

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Ray Thomas

JAMES McDon­ald, Hugh Bow­man and Blake Shinn are locked in an ex­cit­ing bat­tle for the Syd­ney jock­eys premier­ship.

It has been a long time since three riders were all in con­tention for the premier­ship this late in the sea­son.

There are only six metropoli­tan meet­ings re­main­ing for the sea­son, in­clud­ing Royal Rand­wick on Satur­day (July 11), so the stage is set for a thrilling cli­max to the sea­son.

McDon­ald has led the ti­tle race for most of the sea­son but he has spent six weeks in Europe rid­ing for Godol­phin for the north­ern hemi­sphere sum­mer.

He is due to re­turn to Syd­ney for the fi­nal two weeks of the sea­son to de­fend his ti­tle.

Bow­man is chas­ing his third premier­ship af­ter his tri­umphs in 2009 and 2012 and Shinn is also a pre­vi­ous ti­tle­holder, win­ning in 2008.

The pres­ti­gious Syd­ney train­ers premier­ship will go to Chris Waller for the fifth con­sec­u­tive sea­son while Wi­nona Costin has se­cured the top spot in the ap­pren­tices ti­tle.


TYE Ang­land’s tre­ble on Lion Couchant, Sly­dini and Ro­man Odyssey at the Hawkes­bury meet­ing on July 2 has all but as­sured he will be the jock­eys premier­ship win­ner at the pro­vin­cial venue.

Ang­land moved to 18 wins at Hawkes­bury for the sea­son and in­creased the lead over his near­est ri­val to five wins.

With only one Hawkes­bury meet­ing re­main­ing for the sea­son – Sun­day, July 19 – Ang­land will cap a fine come­back sea­son to NSW rac­ing with the pro­vin­cial premier­ship ti­tle.


MY TIP for this week­end is to fol­low jockey Bren­ton Av­dulla at Royal Rand­wick. At the time of writ­ing, he was rid­ing in out­stand­ing form with 11 wins from his past 50 rides.

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