NZ born jockey grabs four winners in a day
APPRENTICE, Jedidiah (Jed) Hodge went within 1½ lengths of riding the program at Bundaberg last Saturday, with four winners and a second on the five-race card.
Hodge, who is apprenticed to Pat Duff at Deagon has now ridden nine winners in the past five weeks. He kicked home his first winner, Enough is Enough, at Bundaberg on February 7, and has quickly outridden his 4kg allowance.
Redwin is a 7-year-old gelding by leading Australian sire, Redoute's Choice who was sold for $700,000 as a yearling at the Sydney Easter yearling sales.
Hodge teamed up with leading Bundaberg trainer Darrel Gardiner to win three races beginning with a .1 length win on Redwin ($4.50) in the first, the 1380m BM 60.
Resuming from a spell, Redwin had to survive a protest by jockey Damion McIntosh on runner up Way Up There ($3.50) over alleged interference in the straight.
Stewards found that Redwin had shifted out inside the 100m and brushed Way Up There but dismissed the protest as they did not consider the interference sufficient to change the placings.
Stewards subsequently advised Hodge that he should stop riding and straighten his mount in future.
Wickenby was over a length back in third, ahead of the $2.75 favourite, Epic Miss (A.Badger) which finished 10 lengths from the winner after adopting her usual rearward position early.
Hodge's second winner was on board the Gardiner trained Minto's Lass (3 f by Natural Destiny) who ran the $1.70 favourite in the 1212m event.
The favourite won by a half length from Metallic Point ($10, D.McIntosh) with another Gardiner runner, Infinite Miss ($16, A.Badger) four lengths back in third.
On to the fourth race with Hodge scoring narrowly on the Gardiner prepared Wonderful World three year old, Jeb's Boy in the 1212m BM 70.
The $1.80 favourite scrambled in by .1 length from Honour Jacko ($9, A.Merritt) with Base Jump ($2.75, S.Bayliss) a close third ahead of Jam Tin and River of Glory.
In this event, young Hodge had a "whip malfunction" at about the 300m.
In pulling his whip through from his right hand to the left, he dropped a rein becoming unbalanced in the process.
This prevented him from riding out his horse until inside the 200m.
Stewards recommended some mentoring of Hodge to refine this whip changing skill in future.
Hodge's winning day then culminated with another narrow win in the day's final event, the 850m BM 60.
He was on board the well backed $1.55 favourite, Tropical Heatwave.
This promising Freeze four-year-old was resuming from a spell for Bundaberg trainer, Matt Reardon and defeated Fraha ($3.75, S.Alam) by .4 length.
Gympie trained Before the Storm ($7, A.Badger) who was having her first start for about two years was a creditable third just over a length from the winner.
The Barry Gill trained Ten to Life prevented Hodge from riding the card when the recent Gympie maiden winner proved too good in the 1090mClass B.
Ten to Life ($6, S. Lacey) defeated Hodge's mount, Rio Vista $2.75 fav.) by 1½ lengths with Kross Reference ($4, A.Merritt) a lean third.
Ten to Life, a four year old Court Command mare, was purchased by Barry Gill for $5500 at a Magic Millions QTIS yearling sale.
Trainer Pat Duff has mentored an impressive list of apprentices who have gone on to be top flight jockeys, including Mick Dittman and Jim Byrne.
The New Zealand born Hodge has certainly made a start to his riding career to suggest a bright future as a senior rider.
He is off to Monto this Saturday with a probable full book of rides.
Gympie jockey Natalea Summers resumes from a suspension at the Monto meeting.