Cameron has had a top sea­son

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Matthew Cameron was suc­cess­ful aboard both of Te Akau’s Hast­ings’ win­ners. Cameron is a rider who is go­ing places – pos­sessed with a ter­rific work ethic and a con­sid­er­able rid­ing skill.

He guided both Spe­cial Encore and Sans Souci home to salute the judge at Hast­ings last Thurs­day.

Cameron will be the num­ber one rider for Te Akau Sta­bles in the new sea­son.

He has been do­ing rid­ing work at Mata­mata for Te Akau trainer Ja­son Bridg­man for the past cou­ple of months and will get the first choice of mounts in the spring.

The Te Akau role is an­other sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward for Cameron who has had the best sea­son of his ca­reer.

The 24-year-old is in fourth place in the pre­mier­ship, with 78 wins and has topped $1 mil­lion in stakes for the first time.

Te Akau prin­ci­pal David El­lis praised Cameron for his re­cent suc­cess.

‘‘Matt has con­tin­ued his ex­cel­lent as­so­ci­a­tion with Te Akau Rac­ing Sta­bles in New Zealand by rid­ing a dou­ble at Hast­ings,’’ he said.

‘‘Matt has been rid­ing a great deal of track­work for us in the past three months – driv­ing from Auck­land to do so and al­ways be­ing punc­tual and work­ing hard for Ja­son and the team. We have re­warded him with some good rides in­clud­ing at Hawkes Bay and the re­sults speak for them­selves.’’

‘‘ Matt has had a won­der­ful sea­son this past sea­son and cur- rently lies fourth on the Jock­eys’ Pre­mier­ship ta­ble – he is a rider that we have al­ways re­garded highly and we look for­ward to him don­ning the Te Akau tan­ger­ine a lot more in the new sea­son which kicks off on Au­gust 1.’’

Matt Cameron has rid­den 78 win­ners this sea­son and posted 75 sec­ond and 72 third plac­ings – amongst these four black type races.

His stakes’

earn­ings

stand

at $1.2 mil­lion.

His fourth plac­ing on the Jock­eys’ Pre­mier­ship sees him ahead of other se­nior rid­ers of note in­clud­ing Hay­den Tins­ley, Sam Spratt and Michael Cole­man.

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