DIDN’T KNOW JESSE
Another change has seen him take a slight raincheck on buying thoroughbreds.
“It’s hard to find a really good one. I had a good four-year-old arrive the other day and I enjoy riding them, but it’s really hard to find the ones that will jump clear on the last day,” says Jesse, who kick started his career with TBS fresh from the racetrack. These included Volitation, whose extraordinary jump prompted Ezra to give him a name that meant ‘the ability to fly’.
Tragically, Volitation was killed contesting the NZ Young Rider Champs over a new course at Pukemarama, when the newly-constructed bank gave way under his hooves. It was the first in a long line of setbacks for the now 25-year-old rider.
“I thought I would have nailed it a lot sooner,” says Jesse, referring to the interminable road to the sport’s pinnacle. “But I believe that I’m good enough. I’m not good enough to do anything else, which is why I have to keep going,” he adds. Clearly his mojo has returned.