Otago apprentic Corey Campbell completes a back-to-back double on The Man at Riccarton today.
A back-to-back double on the final day of the Grand National carnival to go with previous impressive statistics has marked Otago apprentice Corey Campbell as a young jockey with it all in front of him.
Despite missing a significant portion of last season through injury, 17-year-old Campbell still managed to ride 25 winners and has really hit his straps in the opening fortnight of the new season. A double at Riccarton today on Amun Ra and The Man took his 2018-19 tally to four wins from just 13 rides and his career total to 30.
After bringing Amun Ra with a well-timed run to claim the Mongolian Falcon at Willow Glen Premier, he made no bones about completing the double with a five-length win on The Man in the Heatstore Premier 2000.
“He’s a good boy this, he’s coming along very well,” were the sage words of The Man’s senior co-trainer Brian Anderton as Campbell brought stable runner The Man back to scale. “He started in Kids Kartz and has made wonderful progress since coming to us.
“He’s a good listener and he always does his best, so you can’t wish for much more than that.”
Campbell first became interested in a jockey career when his mother, former jockey Gabrielle Foote, began working a racehorse.
“I had already ridden ponies but it was different when Mum got the racehorse, it was a whole lot of fun riding that,” Campbell told www.theinformant.co.nz. “It was a big opportunity for me to sign up with the Anderton stable and things worked out well for me when I began race riding.
“Then I fractured a vertebrae in a trackwork fall and I had to sit it out while it repaired. I’m fit and well again though and things are working out well.
“Winning races at Riccarton is pretty special for someone like me and now to get a double on such a big day…..that’s a good feeling.”