Preview - NZ Cup Week Excitement Builds for Apprentices
Corey Campbell on Flying Sardine
Talented South Island apprentices Corey Campbell and Brett Murray are hoping to make a big impact over the three days of the New Zealand Cup carnival, the biggest week in mainland racing.
Campbell is still only 17 years old and in only his second full season of riding, but he has already made an impression. He rode 25 winners in 2017-18, and his 19 winners since the beginning of August put him in eighth place on the national jockeys’ premiership – the only apprentice in the top 15.
“It’s been an outstanding start to the season, I’m really happy with how things have gone,” said Campbell, whose mother Gabrielle Foote is a former jockey.
Campbell, who is apprenticed to Brian and Shane Anderton at Wingatui, has already played a starring role during Riccarton carnivals. He won a $40,000 open handicap on the middle day of New Zealand Cup week last year, and he won four races during the Grand National meeting in August.
“I had a really good Grand National week, and I was really happy to win during the Cup carnival last year as well,” he said. “It’s great to ride in the carnivals at Riccarton.”
With Chris Johnson in Melbourne this Saturday and the likes of Samantha Wynne, Tina Comignaghi and Kylie Williams side-lined by injury, Campbell is hoping to uphold southern pride during the Riccarton meeting. He has six rides on Saturday’s opening day of the carnival.
“I’m really looking forward to the carnival,” he said. “I’ve got some really nice rides to look forward to, and I’m especially excited about Ishinktaatledo – she’s been running really good races lately and should be a good chance in the Rating 72 sprint on Saturday.”
Murray, who is indentured to Riverton trainers Kelvin and Aimee Tyler, has won 47 races to date including a career-best 17 last season. The 23-year-old’s tally for 2018-19 stands at seven, putting him in the top 130 in the premiership.
Murray is eagerly looking forward to the Cup carnival, starting with six rides on Saturday.
“My season’s been going pretty well, and I can’t wait for the carnival – it’ll be the first time I’ve ridden during Cup week,” he said.
“I’ve got some nice ones throughout the week, starting with a good book of six on Saturday. I think the one I’m really looking forward to riding during the carnival is Flying Sardine on the middle day.”
Murray has formed a highly successful partnership with the Tyler-trained mare, winning three and placing on another five occasions from 13 rides. Their last start together was in the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile Trial late last month, finishing third behind Rangipo and Irish Call, and they will step up to the big time in the Gr. 2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile on Wednesday.
Brett Murray returning to scale.