Jack­son in fine form for Ir­ish team in Aus­tralia

Bray People - - Sport -

SHANE JACK­SON, the 2007/2008 Cham­pion Con­di­tional Jockey , has re­turned home to his res­i­dence in Balt­in­glass with a fur­ther ac­co­lade af­ter re­cently winning the Ir­ish/Aus­tralia Jock­eys Team Chal­lenge down in Aus­tralia.

Jack­son, was crowned the Cham­pion Con­di­tional Jockey af­ter 26 vic­to­ries in Ire­land at the end of April and was se­lected to rep­re­sent Ire­land in ad­di­tion to Nina Car­berry, Alain Caw­ley and Katie Walsh.

Trav­el­ling to Aus­tralia af­ter the Gal­way Fes­ti­val, the Ir­ish team of four rid­ers did re­ally well by winning five of the races with Shane cap­tur­ing two of th­ese. Winning on the Aus­tralian breds, Con­sol­i­da­tion and Take The Sand­wich, for lo­cal Aus­tralian train­ers, Jack­son and his three team mem­bers were pre­sented with a mag­nif­i­cent cup and as­sorted mem­o­ra­bilia. Spending a lit­tle over two weeks “down un­der” Jack­son de­scribed the trip ‘as a bril­liant ex­pe­ri­ence’, and noted that the ‘yel­low plas­tic hur­dles and fences are softer than at home’.

Rid­ing in one flat race with the re­main­der of the con­tests over jumps, at tracks in Ade­laide and Mel­bourne, Jack­son in­di­cated that the ‘ prize money is very good but the at­ten­dance is on the small size’.

2008 has been a re­ally good year for the 21 year old son of Colin and Geral­dine Jack­son from Kil­te­gan and no doubt he hopes that he can add to track vic­to­ries in Ire­land, Bri­tain and now Aus­tralia into the fu­ture.

Shane Jack­son

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