Brenton Avdulla goes to freelance riding to take advantage of opportunities

Open to options: Jockey Brenton Avdulla will increase his riding options. Photo: bradleyphotos老域名出售备案老域名Wizard of Odds: Live Odds, Form and Alerts for all Racing

Brenton Avdulla has decided to spread his wings and “ride more freelance” in 2016. Avdulla has always been closely linked with the Gerald Ryan stable, giving it preference, but with a successful past 18 months comes increased opportunity. “I’m still gong to be riding for Gerald, we haven’t had a bust-up and he is one of my biggest supporters,” Avdulla said. “I’m getting offered a lot of outside rides and wanted to be able to get the best horses I can.”

Another example of it is riding the Kris Lees-trained Felines, which was a winner first-up in Sydney before drawing wide and never threatening in the Bat Out Of Hell at the Gold Coast. She has won four of six over the 1000m sprint journey, which she faces at Randwick on Saturday. “She is a good sprinter and I don’t think the outside draw is going to be a problem for her. She can just sit and come to that one run, which suits her,” Avdulla said.


David Vandyke has always held a big opinion of Emerald City and it could be ready to deliver on it. The Nick Moraitis-owned stayer is a half brother to Gosford Cup winner Destiny’s Kiss and has already won four of 16. “I thought he might be a Derby horse early on and then last preparation he won his last two once he got to the right trip,” Vandyke said. The five-year-old has had two runs to get to his peak this time in and steps up to 2000m, where he already a winner. “I thought his effort at 1900m second-up was close to the best of his career and he is only going to improve from that. I have been really happy with him at home and he is ready to win in my opinion,” he said.


Jess Taylor was able to get a winner, in French Fern, on her final Saturday as an apprentice but is looking forward to picking up the form guide and seeing her name without the (a) next to it. “It was great to finish my time like that but I am looking forward to Saturday and riding as a senior,” Taylor said. “It is a bit of [a] different start, I will ride four at Kembla before coming to town to ride Mydream. She has been a good horse to me and tries her heart out, so it is good to get on her at Randwick again. We are hoping for some rain because on a soft track she would really come into a race like this one.”

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