Apprentice Orman to make Rosehill debut
Top Queensland apprentice James Orman’s first trip to Rosehill can deliver him his biggest win in the Sheraco Stakes.
Orman is set to ride Sold For Song, a Listed winner who has only missed a place once in nine starts, in Saturday’s Group Three race.
The 19-year-old has ridden at Randwick once, but Golden Rose day will be the first time he has set foot on the western Sydney track.
“I’m really excited,” Orman said.
“I’ve won a few black-type races but not a Group Three so it’d be career highlight.
“It should be a big day and I’m on a horse that should be a very live chance in the race.”
Apart from drawing on the experience of the Brisbane jockeys’ room, Orman plans to fly to Sydney on Friday evening to give him time to prepare for the meeting.
Orman said he recognised Sold For Song’s potential when he won his first stakes race on her in December’s Listed Gold Edition Plate.
“I said then if she improved a couple of lengths she’s going to have a big carnival in Brisbane and she did,” Orman said.
Sold For Song’s Listed Daybreak Lover win was sandwiched between placings in the Queensland and Sunshine Coast Guineas.
“I reckon she can improve a couple of lengths again,” Orman said.
“She’s going to be right in a big race over the carnival in Melbourne.”
Toowoomba trainer Kevin Kemp has earmarked the Group Two Tristarc Stakes on Caulfield Cup Day as her first Melbourne run.
Before that, Orman and Sold For Song are planning to return to Rosehill in two weeks for the $400,000 Golden Pendant.
The former gymnast led the Brisbane senior riders’ premiership for much of last season before finishing third on 70 winners behind Jeff Lloyd and Jim Byrne.
He outrode his metropolitan claim and won the Queensland apprentices’ title with 143 winners. ‘
After he finishes his spring carnival duties on Sold For Song, Orman will have a three-week stint in Singapore he won by being named the Queensland Racing Media Association rising star.
Sold For Song is one of 17 nominations for the Sheraco Stakes which include Dixie Blossoms, Pearls and Nancy.
Story courtesy Matt Coughlin http://www.aapmegaform.com.au