Mose­ley hoists 1000th win

The Press - - Racing - MAT KERMEEN

Terry Mose­ley is al­ready on the search for the next win­ner and has no plans to re­tire now he has made the four fig­ure mark.

Mose­ley, 49, be­come the 31st New Zealand jockey to ride 1000 win­ners on home soil when he was vic­to­ri­ous aboard Ad­mi­ral Rous at Ric­car­ton on Thurs­day.

The Can­ter­bury-based jockey, known amongst his peers for be­ing hum­ble and hard­work­ing, was swamped by his fel­low riders on his re­turn to the bird­cage and many of Mose­ley’s North Is­land­based col­leagues took to so­cial me­dia to recog­nise his achieve­ment.

"There’s a lot of good peo­ple in the in­dus­try that work hard so it’s nice to be able to share it with them,’’ Mose­ley said.

Also on course to con­grat­u­late Mose­ley was record-break­ing jockey David Walsh.

The re­cently re­tired Walsh rode 2452 win­ners, the most by any jockey on the New Zealand turf. But un­like his old mate, Mose­ley’s pas­sion for race day rid­ing still burns.

‘‘I don’t know how many years I’ve got left, I’m not say­ing two years or five years or any­thing like that, but I’ve def­i­nitely got no plans to give it away at this stage,’’ Mose­ley said. ‘‘At the end of the day I’ve had my highs and lows, but I en­joy my rid­ing.

‘‘I’ve had the same job for 34 years and I still en­joy it and not every­one can say they love go­ing to work ev­ery day.’’

Mose­ley said when you are liv­ing in the mo­ment, there is lit­tle time to dwell on mile­stones, but the sig­nif­i­cance is not lost on him.

‘‘I’m very proud to join the group,’’ Mose­ley said. ‘‘It’s not even so much about the 1000 win­ners it’s about all the peo­ple that have put you on for all of the 14,000 rides I’ve had.

‘‘You just can’t do it with­out the own­ers and train­ers who sup­port you over all the years.’’

Mose­ley is the first Can­ter­bury based jockey to reach the mile­stone since Jamie Bullard back in 2013.

The Taranaki-born Mose­ley be­gan his ca­reer as an ap­pren­tice in 1983 with his first win­ner com­ing the fol­low­ing year aboard Nitty Gritty at Feild­ing.

Reach­ing the four fig­ure mark was nowhere near Mose­ley’s radar back then, but 999 wins later he still re­mem­bers if fondly.

‘‘It doesn’t mat­ter how many win­ners you ride, you never for­get your first.’’

Mose­ley went past 50 win­ners for the first time in a sea­son when he chalked up 65 vic­to­ries dur­ing the 2015/16 sea­son.

PHOTO: RACE IMAGES

Vet­eran jockey Terry Mose­ley brings up the magic mile­stone aboard Ad­mi­ral Rous at Ric­car­ton yes­ter­day.

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