James Orman rockets to top of Queensland jockey premiership

James Orman completes his winning treble on Blue Desert Moon.


JAMES Orman has become the go-to-man for punters this season, with his strike rate on favourites landing him a big lead on the state jockey premiership.

On a day where apprentices won five races at Doomben, Orman was the star act, particularly in being able to extricate hotpots Lock’s Legend and Sarisara from potentially tricky spots on the turn.

“I rode four winners in a day at Rockhampton a few weeks ago, but having my first city treble is definitely the career highlight to date,” Orman said.

Orman is also a comfortable leader on the state premiership and is second to only William Pike on the national table.
From 24 rides on favourites since August 1, he has ridden 13 winners for a profit of nearly 47 per cent.

“I love riding and this is all I want to do,” he said.

“Fortunately my weight has always been pretty good to date and I’m able to get down to 53kg for those lighter weighted rides.

“I am learning all the time. I think by riding at a lot of meetings it has really helped me. I will ride at five meetings a week and travel up north and that experience has really helped me.

“Also, a lot of the senior jockeys in town are very willing to point out ways where you can improve.”

Orman attracted some criticism for handing up the lead to Primal Flight after Sony Legend jumped so well on Saturday, but said it’s all part of the learning process and the reason why apprentices are afforded a claim.

The 18-year-old admitted in hindsight it might have been better to hold the lead, but said Sony Legend still had his chance to win but was outpointed by others in the run to the line.

Orman’s skills were of particular advantage on Sarisara after he put the whip away in the final 50m, opting instead to ride hands and heels.

“I tried to get her head stretched out and down on the line and fortunately the bob of the head went our way,” he said.

It was a far more comfortable ride on Blue Desert Moon, who again showed a brilliant early burst of speed to put away a very talented field.


Story courtesy Nathan Exelby Brisbane Courier Mail


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