George’s gift is Childs’ play
TRAINER George Osborne says it will be a special moment if his flashy mare Miss Vista can provide apprentice Jordan Childs with a milestone victory at Moonee Valley tomorrow.
Childs is just one win away from outriding his claim with six weeks of apprenticeship remaining but an outside alley in the Cafetto Handicap (1000m) means it won’t be a ‘gimme’ for 21-year-old.
The son of former champion rider Greg Childs has a full book of nine rides and two shots at that elusive win prior to partnering Miss Vista.
“It’s a little sentimental, I’ve been his master for the last seven or eight months so it’d be nice for him to do it on her,” Osborne said.
“He came me basically as a fully fledged jockey and it’s been good for him because he doesn’t need to come see me normal apprentice things.
“He’s ridden her a few times, he comes to me once week to ride some work so he knows a bit about her.”
Miss Vista, Australia’s most distinctive galloper with her liberal white markings on a chestnut frame, has won four of her six starts and Osborne doesn’t seem concerned about the tricky gate.
He said he’d much rather a horse like her have a bit of room after some recent bad luck with so-called favourable barriers.
“I don’t mind her being drawn a bit wide to be quite honest, with the amount of speed she’s got she can just come across without being put under pressure,” he said.
“I’ve had a couple of things drawn barrier one lately and that’s where they’ve stayed. I’m a bit dirty on barrier one.”
Osborne was considering a trip to Brisbane for the Lightning Handicap in Brisbane this weekend but controversy over the state of Eagle Farm, even prior to the transferral to Doomben, ended those thoughts.
Miss Vista hasn’t raced since running second behind Grey Street over 1100m at Caulfield on April 29 and the Kyneton trainer said some time between runs is generally in the mare’s best interests.
“She’s very precious and takes a bit of patching up after every run, she gives herself a caning when races,” he said.
“When she won first-up she pulled up as well as ever has so had a fairly quick back for her and didn’t disgrace herself.
“You just need to get her back in her comfort zone and once she’s there we find another race for her.”
If Miss Vista can continue her climb up the ladder Osborne said she’ll likely have another run in a higher benchmark race at Moonee Valley this month then look at tackling a stakes race at the end of winter or early spring.
As for Childs, Osborne is backing him to make the grade as a senior rider.
“His weight’s in great shape and he’s a great horseman, he’s focused and I think he has his head screwed on pretty well,” he said.
Jordan Childs (inset) will be looking to outride his claim aboard Miss Vista (main) at Moonee Valley tomorrow