Matt McGuren making the most of Brisbane
Apprentice Matt McGuren is determined to make the most of his second coming as a metropolitan rider with the support of Queensland trainers.
He had a stint in Brisbane two years ago riding winners for some of the top stables including Patinack Farm, but weight issues got the better of him and he returned to northern NSW.
McGuren has decided to give it another try and has made the move to the Bruce Hill stable on the Gold Coast.
Since joining Hill last month he has ridden eight winners including four in the metropolitan area.
Hill has a huge opinion of McGuren, boosted by the rider’s five recent wins on stable horses.
“Matt can really ride and if he can get his weight under control he will be in demand,” Hill said.
Hill has supported his apprentice with three rides at Eagle Farm on Wednesday, the final meeting at the track until mid-2015.
Eagle Farm will undergo renovations including a complete reconstruction of the course proper.
Another McGuren fan is top trainer Rob Heathcote who believes the apprentice is one of the best value riders around.
“He is a strong intelligent rider with a three kilo claim. He just needs to keep his weight in check,” Heathcote said after McGuren won on Tail and All for the stable on Saturday.
McGuren is working hard on stabilising his weight.
“I am really trying to get it under control. I ride at 55 kilograms at the moment and if I can get it down to 54 I will be happy,” he said.”
“There are opportunities in Brisbane and I will be here until the end of the year when my apprenticeship ends.