Ge­orge’s gift is Childs’ play

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By RAY HICKSON

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

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