There’s no slowing down jockey Braith Nock, who has been riding in great form of late, with the apprentice registering 14 winners from his past 54 starts at a 26% win rate.
His hot run dates back to Moree on December 16, where the 21-year-old rode a winning double, and since then, he has continued to bring up winner after winner.
He scored a double at Gilgandra on December 30, another double at Inverell on January 1, a winner at Taree on January 2, and a quartet of victories at Gilgandra on January 7.
Rounding out an excellent little period, Nock scored yet another double closer to home at Tamworth on Monday before booting home the last at Orange on Tuesday.
A lightly spoken Nock wasn’t sure if there was any secret to his recent success.
“I’m not really sure what it is; I’ve just been on a bit of a roll,” Nock told NSW Country and Picnic Racing.
Gilgandra has been a happy hunting ground for the youngster, who has ridden six winners from just 12 starts on the tight-turning Western Racing Association track.
“You can sort of read what happens there,” Nock said.
“There is always going to be speed, and everyone goes forward, so it’s easy to sit in behind and just off the speed, and if you get going on the crossing, you should be right.”
Managed by Brady Tipping, Nock hit the ground running and maintained that momentum since riding his first winner at Inverell on New Year’s Day in 2023.
He’s since landed 60 career victories at a 12%-win rate, and with 36 wins to his name in 2023/24, he leads the NSW Country Apprentice’s Premiership and is fourth on the NSW-wide Apprentice’s Premiership race, trailing only Anna Roper (43), Zac Lloyd (42), and Dylan Gibbons (39).
Nock’s achievements are all the more impressive because he continues to win for a wide-reaching group of trainers.
“I ride for a good variety of trainers, and my boss (Brett Cavanough) uses me a little bit, but he wants me to get out there and ride for other trainers, but he still gives me a good shot every now and then,” Nock said.
“I’ve got a good manager; he’s doing a great job, and well, my weight is good, and it’s pretty easy at the moment.”
The cowboy-turned-jockey, who was once a promising bull rider, doesn’t envision returning to riding at rodeos anytime soon, with the son of respected Bendemeer-based trainer Jane Clement and champion jockey Greg Nock keen to see where racing takes him.
“I think I’ll stick with the racing,” Nock said.
“There’s not enough money in rodeo unless you go to America, and I’m enjoying being a jockey.”