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He has been the non-equine star of the Spring carnival in my book.
His riding has been simply awesome.
He has displayed great horsemanship in overcoming wide gates on Maybe Better (twice - Coongy and Saab) by going back and settling with plenty of cover to save the horse for superbly judged late runs.
And just to play the versatility card, he flew a wide lid on Gallant Guru on Saturday to get the horse in front and on the fence before the other jocks had wiped the sleep from their eyes.
Then he got GG to expertly come back under him - exactly as he did the week before - and wait.
And wait. And wait.
Sitting like a churchmouse and angling into the clear at the right time. Balancing the horse for one sharp run at the furlong, then getting everything out of him with only a handful of cuts with the whip to win (again) in a photo.
What's not to like?
I think he will be riding a lot of horses for Freedman at the the 56kg mark and above from now on.
As I may have said earlier, this bloke has always been "rated" by many - but perhaps underestimated due to lack of opportunities.
I think he's arrived on the big stage - and if this form keeps up - you'd be mad not to stick with him.
Message: Good to see you acknowledging this young man's achievements...and also, where he is from. NT racing is booming at the moment following the success of Undue also, within 15 years, you'll be seeing us dominate your carnival!!!! haha, only joking.
Message: Agree McGarrett, i can recall some cracking rides from arnold over the years. Patience and strength will take a jockey a long way. I only bothered to look at the barrier of maybe better (saab) after i put the bet on, and was cursing my stupidity, as a 20+ barrier would normally mean putting a line through the horse. Then the call was that mb was in a perfect position midway through the race. Didn't see what he did but it must have been good.
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