Talented jockeys head to Matamata
Ruud Awakening home in the country’s richest race, the Karaka Million.
The Shailer brothers showed admirable patience in putting the big grey aside following that late January race and after a steady build-up, Fantastic Honour is well positioned with the benefit of Saturday’s first-up run to play a part in spring features.
Bridget Grylls and Mick Dee are two budding stars coming through apprentice jockey ranks and with the wind in theirs sails have decided to try their luck in the north.
Bridget, Te Awamutu-born and the sister of established Matamata jockey Craig Grylls, began her career with Awapuni trainer Lisa Latta and is in the second week of a three-month trial attached to Ken and Bev Kelso.
In her first full season last term the 20-year-old rode 39 winners and is off to a flying start for the new season with nine wins and second equal place on the jockey’s premiership as of last weekend.
On Saturday she won her first race at Ellerslie when successful on outsider Fluoro Lite and with her work ethic and preparedness to travel, the winners will keep coming.
At 17 years old, , Mick Dee is also shaping up as a future star with 17 wins in his debut season and a double at Wanganui last Saturday to show that he’s well and truly back after a late winter foot injury temporarily halted his progress.
Mick began his apprenticeship with Wanganui trainer Kevin Myers and came north last month to test the water with Te Akau Racing’s Jason Bridgman.
It has taken him little time to decide on making the new arrangement permanent and the necessary paperwork was completed last weekend to make it official.
Young talent: Bridget Grylls returns to scale on her first Ellerslie winner, Fluoro Lite.