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Gordon keen for more after first Australian jumps riding experience

  • Mon, 09 Jul 2018
  • Dennis Ryan
Will Gordon is keen for more after his first experience of Australian jumps riding at Warrnambool yesterday.

Will Gordon is keen for more after his first experience of Australian jumps riding at Warrnambool yesterday.

Fresh from his first taste of Australian jumps riding at Warrnambool yesterday, Will Gordon is hungry for more.

The 22-year-old Englishman crossed the Tasman at the invitation of leading Victorian jumps owner Sandy McGregor and although unable to win on any of his four race rides, he was more than satisfied with the experience.

On McGregor’s young jumper Police Camp, Gordon finished third in the A$100,000 Thackeray Steeplechase and he almost pulled off an upset for leading jumps trainer Eric Musgrove when his maiden hurdle mount Beyond Thankful was narrowly beaten by the favourite. From two remaining rides he finished fourth in a highweight and fifth in the A$100,000 feature hurdle.

“It was the first time I had ridden in Australia and even though I only just missed getting a win, I’m far from disappointed,” said Gordon, who has been a star on the local scene since arriving in New Zealand just under two years ago.

In his first full season he finished second with 13 wins on the 2016-17 jumps jockey premiership and is currently engaged in a tight contest for the 2017-18 title with 10 wins, one behind Isaac Lupton, equal with defending title-holder Aaron Kuru and one ahead of Emily Farr.

“I held an amateur licence back home and it’s been fantastic the opportunities I’ve had since I arrived here. The chance to ride in Australia is another big step; riding against those top jockeys was a great experience.

“The Warrnambool steeplechase course is unique and it was good to ride it. I went over there expecting better ground but it was still definitely heavy.

“I’ve got some more dates coming up over there, so that’s something else to look forward to.”

In the meantime, Gordon will be in action at Saturday’s Trentham Prestige Jumps Race meeting in his quest for a first premiership title. His feature race mounts are the Harvey Wilson-trained Venerate in the Grant Plumbing Wellington Steeplechase and Kiddo for Kevin Myers in the Anuka Smoker Wellington Hurdle.