Muhcu hitting heights
JOCKEY Bulent Muhcu has taken his success in the saddle to a new level this season and it hasn’t come about by chance.
Muhcu arrived in Tasmania as a Turkish import about six years ago and in that time, he has developed into one of the state’s most accomplished riders.
Almost five years ago, when still an apprentice, Muhcu returned from Turkey on a soul-searching mission that served two purposes.
One was to let his family see how successful he had become as a rider and second to see if he was doing what he wanted to do with his life.
Muhcu returned to the state and set about carving a career, but earlier this year he returned to Turkey to visit family. While away he made a decision that has so far yielded great rewards.
“I decided to finally do all the things I need to do to make me the best possible rider I can be,” Muhcu said.
“I am more dedicated to trackwork riding and I also have concentrated on my fitness. I have always been a good studier of form, but I have taken that to a new level, and it is all starting to pay off.”
Muhcu finished sixth on the jockey’s premiership table last season with 31 wins but already he has amassed 19 wins this season to be lying second behind Craig Newitt on 26. Muhcu rode a treble in Launceston on Wednesday night and two of those wins resulted from him escaping from what looked non-winning positions.
A year ago, he wouldn’t have found a way to win those races, which proves what a positive focus can do to a career. Muhcu was apprenticed to Broadmarsh trainers Walter and Brendan McShane, who took him and treated him as part of their family and that helped form the talented young rider is today.
Muhcu’s winners on Wednesday were Need A Bella in a maiden for Longford trainer Peter Luttrell, Heaven’s Delight for Gary White in a benchmark 66 handicap over 1400m, and he ended the meeting with a pearl of a ride aboard Stormont.
“Everything’s going well but I know I can get better and as long as I stay focused, I’m sure everything will fall into place.”