Son of a gun Adam jogs the mem­o­ries

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - NATHAN EXELBY

LO­CAL pun­ters with long mem­o­ries will have fond rec­ol­lec­tions when they see Adam Hyeron­imus’ name along­side My True Love and Mon­sieur Gus­tave at to­day’s Caloun­dra Cup meet­ing.

Craig Hyeron­imus was the pun­ters’ pal at Caloun­dra in the late ’ 80s and early ’ 90s. In the first seven years of rac­ing at the venue, he fin­ished in the top three rid­ers ev­ery year, win­ning pre­mier­ships in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991.

He rode his last win­ner at the course in April 1993 be­fore mov­ing to Ma­cau and end­ing his ca­reer a cou­ple of years later. He re­tired to Cowra and he and wife Narelle are heav­ily in­volved with the lo­cal Jockey Club.

His son Adam, now 26, was born at Bud­erim but has lit­tle rec­ol­lec­tion of his dad’s hal­cyon days at Cor­bould Park.

“I never got to see Dad ride. I would have loved to have gone to the races and watch him,” Adam said.

“Every­body that asks if Craig is my fa­ther, they al­ways speak very highly of my Dad and it is a bit of a shame I never got to see him ride live.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to rid­ing at Caloun­dra, but it would be even bet­ter if I can win one or both races.”

Sun­shine Coast Guineas hope My True Love was gunned down by Prompt Re­sponse over 1350m at Doomben, but her rider doesn’t see the step to a mile as a prob­lem.

“She’s only had one go, but that was off a very quick backup ( two days),” he said.

“She didn’t dis­grace her­self, be­cause she stepped sharply up in dis­tance.

“She put the writ­ing on the wall last start and the form has been franked.”

Hyeron­imus se­nior has told his son not to be put off by the wide draw.

“Dad said it’s a big track and from that al­ley, there’s no hurry,” he said.

“She has good gate speed, so I imag­ine she will be able to race up on the speed with­out any trou­ble.”

Hyeron­imus Ju­nior has carved a suc­cess­ful ca­reer for him­self in New South Wales, but it wasn’t a pro­fes­sion his par­ents pushed him into.

“Once Dad stopped rid­ing that was it for him. He didn’t have any­thing to do with rac­ing or horses,” he said.

“It wasn’t re­ally in my life but I used to keep telling Mum and Dad ‘ I’m go­ing to be a jockey’ and it got to the stage where I was about 16 and Dad said ‘ well if you’re go­ing to be a jockey, you’re go­ing to have to learn to ride’.

“That’s when I first sat on a horse and it went from there.

“Since I be­came a jockey, Dad has been a big in­flu­ence. I speak to him nearly ev­ery day about my rid­ing.”

FAM­ILY TIES: Adam Hyeron­imus is the son of well- per­formed for­mer Sun­shine Coast jockey Craig.

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