Class act Opie completes Derby picture
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.