Or­man adds jewel to cab­i­net

Gat­ton-born jockey ready for win­ter rac­ing car­ni­val

Gatton Star - - SPORT - Ali Kuchel [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

RAC­ING: Jimmy Or­man has added his great­est win­nings to his prize purse, with a vic­tory in the Gold Coast two-year-old Jewel.

Or­man, the son of Gat­ton­based trainer Caro­line Al­lardyce, jock­eyed The Odyssey in the $500,000 fea­ture race at the week­end for Bris­bane trainer Kelly Sch­weida.

De­spite heavy rain be­fore the start and the threat of the meet­ing be­ing called off, Or­man was con­fi­dent the colt would per­form well on the heavy track.

“I was hop­ing they would race be­cause I knew he would han­dle the wet track bet­ter than any horse,” Or­man said. “It started piss­ing down be­fore we got on the horses but, by the time we got to the gates, it had stopped rain­ing.”

The $3 race favourite led from start to fin­ish.

For Or­man, it was sim­i­lar to win­ning a group one race.

“It was great, it’s a big thrill,” he said.

Or­man moved to Bris­bane in 2016, plac­ing him­self close to Doomben and Ea­gle Farm.

He said the move had fur­thered his ca­reer and cut his travel time to race days.

“I wanted to base my­self cen­trally so I could ride for train­ers in Bris­bane and fur­ther my ca­reer,” he said.

With the Queens­land Win­ter Rac­ing Car­ni­val start­ing next month, Or­man has his eyes on win­ning a group one race.

He will ride Matt Kropp’s Trusty Lad dur­ing the se­ries and is feel­ing con­fi­dent about the horses prospects.


THAT WIN­NING FEEL­ING: Jockey Jimmy Or­man cel­e­brates rid­ing The Odyssey to vic­tory in race 7, the Aquis Jewel, dur­ing the QTIS Jewel Race­day at Aquis Park on the Gold Coast.

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