Sydney trainer Chris Waller has made a habit of going overseas to get good horses, but it looks like now he is giving it a crack with jockeys.
Jason Collett, a 20 year old apprentice from New Zealand rode for Chris at Randwick on the weekend and was on fire, eventually kicking home three winners.
Collett steered home Queensland Derby hopeful Yulalona for Peter Snowden, before claiming two wins for Waller while aboard Foreteller and The Verminator.
The Kiwi young gun has ridden more than 200 winners in New Zealand can still claim 2kgs, meaning Waller may ask the apprentice to stay longer than the three months that had originally been agreed on.
“He is a very cool young rider and just needs the chance to shine. He rides well and, as you have seen, he has a cool head,” said Waller.
The unestablished Collett was finding it tough to book ride in Sydney, but he is now starting to show some of the form that saw him win two Group 2 races in New Zealand.
“It was tough to get used to the 3.30am starts here and I really found the first couple of weeks hard because I didn’t really know any people. I’m starting to enjoy it now,” said Collett.
Jason Collett has been filling in for the injured Glyn Schofield who was injured when Hawk Island fell in the Sydney Cup.
“It’s been good riding for Chris. He’s really looking after me,” said Collett.
Collett admitted that he was unsure where his riding future would take him, but said he is still undecided on what he will do when his three month tour of Australia is over.
It was a good day for young riders at Randwick, with Chad Schofield, son of Glynn, riding his first Saturday winner.