Apprentice Delighted with Te Akau Opportunity

Date: 10 Sep 2020

Apprentice Delighted with Te Akau Opportunity

NZ Racing News reports:

Christchurch apprentice Rohan Mudhoo is riding the crest of a wave,
having impressed the country's leading trainer Jamie Richards enough to
secure key rides for Te Akau Racing at Riccarton on Saturday.

Mudhoo, apprenticed to Riccarton trainer Mike McCann, had his first
ride for Richards at Timaru last week, finishing seventh on Remington.

Despite that unplaced finish, Mudhoo has secured two rides for
Richards this weekend, aboard Group One winner Age Of Fire in the
Speights Handicap (1200m) and the stakes-placed Summer Monsoon in the
Group 1 Raceday Party 1400.

“It's a dream come true for me. I've always wanted to ride one for
them,” said Mudhoo, a 2kg-claiming apprentice with 58 wins to his

“(Te Akau travelling foreman) Paul Richards brings the horses over to
my boss' stables if he wants me to gallop one in trackwork and he told
me he had asked his son about jockeys.

“He said his son said ‘put Rohan on'. He's been watching me closely for a wee while and was happy with my riding.

“They gave me a chance with Remington at Timaru. I was stuck three
wide but I gave the horse the best chance I could and there were no
complaints about the ride.”

Mudhoo rode Age Of Fire in trackwork on Thursday morning and was
impressed enough with his mount to give him a winning chance on

“He feels ready to go for Saturday,” Mudhoo said.

“We haven't drawn well (barrier 13) but with the weather forecast and
race conditions for that time of the day, the track might be chopped up
on the inside and we might be in the right part of the track.

“He gave me a massive feeling this morning so I think he'll run a really good race for me.”

Age Of Fire won the Gr.1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham for Richards in 2018 before he was transferred to Australia, twice placing at Listed level before returning to Richards this year.

Mudhoo was also looking forward to riding Summer Monsoon earlier in the day.

“I didn't get the chance to ride him in trackwork but I'll be doing my homework on him,” Mudhoo said.

“He has drawn wide as well but I'll be making sure I give him the best ride I can to give him his best chance of winning.”


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