Tal­ented jock­eys head to Mata­mata

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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