By Jon Lees
New Zealand: Top New Zealand jockey Opie Bosson has committed his immediate future to his home country to keep intact one of the most potent racing teams in Australasia.
Bosson said he was so ‘blown away’ by the talent that Te Akau Racing will be supplying leading trainer Jamie Richards that he has signed up to continue as stable jockey for the 2020-21 campaign.
“I definitely strongly considered relocating to Australia for the new season,” said Bosson. “However I have been to Te Akau Stud and the Matamata stable and after seeing the quality of yearlings David (Ellis) has bought, and also seeing how the older horses had spelled – I wanted to be part of the future success I know is coming.
“The talent the stable has just blew me away. I also really enjoy working with Jamie – he’s a freak of a trainer who understands a horse better than anyone I know.”
Bosson and Richards have become a prolific combination in New Zealand, where Richards led the premiership with 99 winners until the season was interrupted by coronavirus.
They have also extended their reach to Australia, claiming three G1 wins during the Sydney Autumn Carnival including a G1 Randwick double in February when Te Akau Shark took out the Chipping Norton Stakes and Probabeel won the Surround Stakes.
The successes have lifted Richards to ninth in the world’s top trainers list, according to the TRC Global Rankings, with Bosson at No.12 among jockeys.
Richards said: “Opie is such an asset to the team – obviously on raceday as he is in a class of his own. His feedback from track work and trials is invaluable; he just has such a unique feel of where each horse is at.
Te Akau principal Ellis described Bosson, who has ridden nine of the team’s 11 G1 winners in New Zealand and Australia this season, as “a truly gifted rider, with beautiful balance and the best instinct you will see.”
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