Next NSW Race

Latest News

Jonker Gives Bullock A Magic Moment

By Ray Hickson

Aaron Bullock once gave away riding to work a construction job but he’s building towards riding in the biggest race of his career after guiding Jonker to a dominant win at Wyong on Thursday.

Surely the owners of the gun youngster couldn’t replace a rider who has done all the work guiding him to two impressive wins highlighted by the $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions (1100m).

Trainer David Atkins and jockey Aaron Bullock after Jonker's Wyong Magic Millions win. (Pic: Steve Hart).

The 27-year-old hoop rode the perfect race on Jonker, winner of the inaugural Max Lees Classic on debut, tracking the speedy La Pomme De Pin to the turn then sprinting clear when asked.

“I was happy to take a sit because I watched all the races up until now and for some reason they haven’t raced on the inside for two meetings and nothing was winning there,’’ Bullock said.

“I could have gone to the inside at the 400m but I stayed out because of the way the track was playing.

“I gave him a dig and was straight onto the bridle. He’s a horse that travels really well. He was never off the bit until I asked him to let down.’’

Jonker held a 4-1/2 length margin on the runner-up Skyray with Bondi running third after being stranded on the inside of horses.

The disappointment was the easing favourite Terminology who was squeezed out at the start, made a midrace run to be with the leaders on the turn before fading.

Bullock spent three years away from racing to work as a labourer on the Hunter Expressway in his early 20s and rated the Magic Millions win a career highlight.

But it could just be the start as Jonker was installed favourite for the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions (1200m) in January.

“I wasn’t sure if I’d keep the ride today to tell you the truth so to keep the ride up there would be a great thrill,’’ Bullock said.

“I knew from the time I first rode him he had that much improvement in him and he’s still improving.’’

Trainer David Atkins is no stranger to a smart horse having prepared the likes of Moss Rocket and he agrees with Bullock’s call that Jonker still has plenty of upside.

Jonker races away to win the Wyong Magic Millions Classic

He said Thursday’s win was an important stepping stone towards the Gold Coast classic but he still has to step up another rung.

“He could probably still improve a bit more,’’ Atkins said.

“They have to keep improving, he has great manners for a colt and doesn’t do a thing wrong. The 1200m there won’t worry him at all.’’

Atkins praised Bullock’s ride on Jonker, who did slip slightly at the start, saying his cool head was a major factor in getting the youngster home.

“The leader was free running, they weren’t trying to hold it back, and Aaron had a nice hold on him,’’ he said.

“He was always going to be hard to beat from there.’’

Check out the results and replays from Thursday’s Magic Millions meeting at Wyong

The Latest Racing News

Jockey Michael Travers Available For Rides

Please note jockey Michael Travers has had an appeal against a suspension upheld and is now available for rides ...
Read More

Zamex Not Intent On Sharing This Time (Murwillumbah Cup)

By Mark Brassel Connections of local galloper Zamex will be hoping to go ‘half’ a win better in Friday’s $40,000 ...
Read More

What You Missed - Kensington 17th August

By Brad Gray At Royal Randwick No Panic For Pandemic  After a few nervous moments for his backers, Pandemic charged to ...
Read More

Libertini And Co Star In Track Gallops

By Brad Gray At Royal Randwick With Group One racing kicking off next week at Randwick, a number of stars ...
Read More

BOBS Racehorse Nominations Close On Sunday 1st September

BOBS 2019 (BREEDER OWNER BONUS SCHEME) BOBS Racehorse Nominations (including BOBS Extra) for 2019 will close SUNDAY, 1st SEPTEMBER 2019 ...
Read More
Racing NSW Apps
Mobile Version
Industry Links