International experience as a equestrian rider has proven a worthy launching pad for a career as a jockey for Irish-born Cambridge apprentice Brendan Hutton.
The 19-year-old lightweight apprentice claimed his first win aboard the Martin Cleland-trained My Mojito at Thames on Saturday at his 12th ride.
Apprenticed to Cambridge trainer Murray Baker, Hutton was thrilled to secure the milestone win and hoped it would help kick-start his career.
‘‘It’s a terrific thrill and in one way it’s the monkey off my back and it means I’m starting to get established,’’ Hutton said.
‘‘I evented and I showjumped back in Ireland and I was in the Irish team so I’ve got a strong horse background, just not in racing.
‘‘I just decided to travel and have a go as an apprentice here. I’m a natural lightweight so that helps and yeah, there’s definitely dreams of winning big races.’’
Hutton put My Mojito’s speed to good use, setting a solid pace in front which the Bertolini five-year-old mare was able to sustain to the line in a sizzling 1:9.98 seconds for the 1200m of the $8000 Twentymans Funeral Services Rating 65.
It was My Mojito’s second win from 21 starts, having won her maiden at the corresponding meeting last year using the same tactics for apprentice Alysha Collett.
The time was quicker than the 1:10.14 that Hamilton sprinter Gaston registered in winning the $15,000 Pak N save Thames Rating 85 Sprint for rider Vinnie Colgan.
The Graeme and Debbie Rogerson-trained Gaston’s win came almost 12 months since his previous success and was his first since an operation to improve his breathing.
‘‘He’s had a problem and was a very good horse. He’s had a tie-back operation so whether he gets back to that I don’t know,’’ Graeme Rogerson said.
Charge Forward six-year-old gelding Gaston made his run down the outside from back in field, wearing down the pacemaking Cool Storm to rack up his seventh win from 23 starts.
There was a long head between the pair with the same margin back to third-placed Cachucha and also back to fourth-placed Vincent Mangano, who flashed home late after bombing the start.
- Waikato Times