Class act Opie com­pletes Derby pic­ture

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - DEN­NIS RYAN

At age 14 Opie Bos­son joined forces with his godfather Stephen Autridge to see whether he had what it took to be­come a jockey.

The an­swer came quickly as the boy from Ro­torua rose to na­tional cham­pion while still an ap­pren­tice,

He now he holds an in­dis­putable po­si­tion at the top of the New Zealand jock­eys’ tree.

A big frame and a con­stant bat­tle with weight have forced him to the side­line on oc­ca­sions, but when he’s on song there’s none bet­ter.

Back in Jan­uary he won the Gr. 1 Levin Clas­sic on Hall Of Fame and the Karaka Mil­lion on Melody Belle, then at Eller­slie on Satur­day he pro­vided yet an­other re­minder of his prow­ess with a per­fect ride on Ginger­nuts to give his re­tained sta­ble Te Akau its first vic­tory in the blue riband of rac­ing.

For good mea­sure he also won the $100,000 Dar­ley Plate wear­ing the tan­ger­ine and blue colours on Splurge and ended the day with four wins on the 10-race pro­gramme.

His big day wasn’t only about the sta­ble with first call on his ser­vices.

One of Mata­mata’s most re­cently li­censed train­ers, Kylie Fawcett, got her piece of the ac­tion as well when he rode her smart young gal­loper Peaky Blin­ders to an im­pres­sive win on the sup­port card.

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