POPULAR Warrnambool-based jumps jockey Braidon Small rates his two winners in New Zealand on Saturday among his career highlights.
Small, who made a rushed trip to ride at Te Aroha in New Zealand for the first time, won an open hurdle on the $61 chance Letmeboy and the maiden steeplechase on Caballo Noir.
“I’ve really got to thank fellow jumps jockey Lee Horner for me making the trip over to New Zealand,” he said.
“The trip was not planned I only went after Lee said they were looking for a jumps jockey to ride a couple.
“It’s a pleasant surprise to come back home with two winners. The wins were totally unexpected.
“The trip to New Zealand may pen a few doors for me, who knows.
“This game is all about taking the opportunities that are on offer. I’ll be heading back to New Zealand in a few weeks to ride in the Great Northern hurdle and steeplechase and will be representing Australia in the Irish Jumps Series at Morphettville this Saturday.”
Warrnambool trainer Jarrod McLean kept his name in lights when Trap For Fools won a $120,000 race at Moonee Valley on Saturday. The former Western Australian galloper, who raced with success in his home state, has had only four runs for the McLean stable.