Reece Jones admits he has most likely left his run a bit late to win the Sydney apprentice title this season, however that hasn’t stopped him setting marks not seen from a junior rider since Wayne Harris and Malcolm Johnston.
Jones sits on 97 wins for the yr in NSW and is on the verge of hitting a century for the second consecutive yr, which is a feat not seen since surprise apprentices Harris and Johnston within the Nineteen Seventies and 80s.
However he would love to hitch different greats like Beadman, Bowman, Angland and Berry because the champion apprentice and can lengthen his apprenticeship, which is because of finish subsequent mont, for an additional yr in an try and fulfil that dream. He’s eight wins behind chief Tyler Schiller this season.
“With COVID and every thing that was occurring, I most likely didn’t get down right here early sufficient to problem Tyler,” Jones mentioned. “Since I’ve bought right here I’ve had good help, and I’ll preserve making an attempt to win it till the tip of the month, however I feel he has too large a break.
“It looks like each time I journey a winner he does as effectively, and final week he gained the Freeway and I didn’t get to my greatest rides as a result of they referred to as them off. I’ve three wins to get the 100 once more, which is objective, and after I did it final yr, it was the primary time since Tye Angland an apprentice had performed that.”
It’s a good distance from Scone RSL kitchen, the place Jones was working when he began at Rod Northam stables. Jones hasn’t been the in a single day success and has used each a part of his nation and provincial declare to come back Sydney because the polished rider he’s each Saturday.
“It was a great way to study, and Rod made me study my classes and it has helped me so much,” Jones mentioned. “There’s something about driving quite a lot of winners that offers you confidence. I outrode my nation declare and my provincial declare and wish to do it within the metropolis as effectively, in order that’s why I wish to lengthen my time for an additional yr.”
“It is perhaps robust to win the apprentice title as a result of solely have two wins left at two kilos earlier than going 1½ for 30 wins, but it surely is a bonus I’ll have if I keep an apprentice.”
Jones is coming to the tip of three-month mortgage to John O’Shea and he has change into a valued member of the crew and is being given alternatives on progressive horses like Waihaha Falls, who rides once more at Randwick on Saturday.