Bosson Stays with Te Akau
17 May 2020
Te Akau Racing can confirm that stable rider Opie Bosson has been retained as the stable’s number 1 rider for the new 2020/21 season.
Te Akau Principal David Ellis said:
“Opie and Te Akau go back a very long way – he started working with us when he was 14. He is a truly gifted rider, with beautiful balance and the best instinct you will see. His record again this season in the “Te Akau tangerine” has been phenomenal, riding nine of our 11 Group 1 winners – including Te Akau Shark, Melody Belle, Avantage, Probabeel and Cool Aza Beel. These elite wins coming in both New Zealand and Australia.
“Our trainer Jamie Richards leads the NZ Trainers’ Premiership (99 wins) and the combination of Jamie with Opie has proven formidable. They work so well together and the results they achieve speak for themselves.”
Te Akau trainer Jamie Richards added:
“Opie is such an asset to the team – obviously on race day as he is in a class of his own. His feedback from track work and trials is invaluable, he just has such a unique feel of where each horse is at. ”
Opie Bosson says:
“I definitely strongly considered re-locating to Australia for the new season. However I have been to Te Akau Stud and the Matamata stable and after seeing the quality of yearlings David (Ellis) has bought, and also seeing how the older horses had spelled – I wanted to be part of the future success I know is coming. The talent the stable has just blew me away.”
“I also really enjoy working with Jamie – he’s a freak of a trainer who understands a horse better than anyone I know.”
TRC Global Rankings* place Jamie Richards as No.9 on the world trainer rankings, with Opie Bosson at No.12 on the world jockey table.
*TRC Global Rankings are the world’s only rankings of sires, jockeys, owners and trainers. They are based entirely on the quality of performance of each individual’s runners.