Jas­mine sec­ond on jock­eys’ pre­mier­ship

Matamata Chronicle - - Puzzles - DENNIS RYAN

Ap­pren­tice jockey Jas­mine Fawcett has been the star per­former amongst lo­cal rid­ing ranks in the open­ing days of the new rac­ing sea­son.

Last Wed­nes­day she rode Fly­ing Mas­ter to vic­tory at Tau­ranga and at Te Rapa on the week­end she notched a per­fect two from two on maiden grad­u­ate No Loi­ter­ing and Kokane Gold.

With three wins from six race­day rides, Jas­mine is in sec­ond place on the jock­eys’ pre­mier­ship, and while she re­alises higher pro­file jock­eys will sur­pass her as the sea­son un­folds, she’s just happy to be mak­ing her mark.

The week­end dou­ble took her tally since she be­gan rid­ing last $81 long­shot year to 11 wins.

A month ago Jas­mine trans­ferred to Mata­mata trainer and former cham­pion jockey Jim Col­lett and from three rides from that sta­ble she has won twice, on Wim­ble­don at Hast­ings late last month and Fly­ing Mas­ter at Tau­ranga last week.

She cred­its her new boss and ap­pren­tice men­tor Noel Har­ris for her re­cent suc­cess.

‘‘Be­fore­hand I was more wor­ried about how I looked when I was rid­ing, but the point Jim made to me is to worry less about that, it’s more im­por­tant that I feel com­fort­able and the rest will fol­low,’’ she says.

‘‘And all the way through Noel Har­ris has been bril­liant as the rid­ing men­tor. He’s al­ways there to give ad­vice and I re­ally don’t know where I’d be with­out his help.’’

Hav­ing reached dou­ble fig­ures, the 23-year-old’s next goal is to take her tally to 30 wins.

‘‘I’m rid­ing with a three-kilo claim and it’s a tar­get to get that down to two ki­los once I’ve rid­den 30 winners. Af­ter that I’d like to think I could go to Aus­tralia while I’m still an ap­pren­tice, that would be good, but I want to keep im­prov­ing here first.’’

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